I just found site. My wife and I are contemplating rescuing a lab. We have no pets, and a 6 year old daughter. We are not really experienced dog owners. We've both always wanted a larger dog inside, a dog that will do well with children and we can train easily and work with and enjoy. We enjoy taking jogs, being active but we work full time and can't come home for lunch. So, either crating 8-9 hours or allowing him/her to roam house. This is our biggest fear. Our daughter is a little bit fearful of dogs and that concerns me. We don't want a puppy and honestly don't have time. So, we've been eyeing a few that are around 3 or so. House trained, crate trained, good with kids. Thoughts, ideas?? We are home owners and have a great neighborhood for dogs, but our backyard is on small side. Wondering if house gets destroyed if we don't crate and is crating that long cruel?