E.B. was miserable in the crate. he couldn't settle down always spinning circles and scratching at the bedding. I bought some wire fencing and made a circle about 7' in diameter just big enough for him, his food and water, and for me to lay with him sometimes. i put a piece of old carpet in for him to lay on and he never scratched at it or spun circles just laid right down. he seemed content in the small pen. too small to run or jump or play in, so he would just lay quietly.