Our dog, Gray, is 13 months. Since the day we brought him home, he has slept in his crate at night and has done very well with that. We had a few months around 6 months where he was getting up super early (4:30 or so) but once we got past that, he sleeps from 10-7 in there with no issues whatsoever. However, when summer hit, he started panting SO much in his crate at night despite the fact that we keep the air on at 72 overnight, run our ceiling fan and blow a fan in his crate. I feel so bad for him, as I know he likely can't get cool. When I lay on the floor next to his crate and by the fan, I am COLD, but then again, I am missing the fur coat he has on. For the last few nights, we have let him sleep outside his crate in our room. He spends most of the night either on the cool master bathroom floor or on the floor of our room.We have chosen not to have him sleep in our bed, which seems to be fine with him, as I think he gets too hot up there with us even when he jumps up for a few cuddles, as he only wants to stay a few minutes. We still hear him panting a bit, but not as much as when he was in his crate. My main concern is for his comfort, but I also wonder if we will ever regret letting him "forget" how to sleep in his kennel. If we need to be gone overnight and have our parents watch him, will he be ok out of a crate at their house? I figure having a dog accustomed to sleeping in a crate makes those situations easier for the dog, and the person watching your dog? Also, he has been getting up earlier in the morning and whining at the door, which he never did in his crate... he would just hang out in there until we got up. Do any of those with adult dogs have feedback on whether they crate their dog at night and whether you regret letting them do so or whether it has been a positive thing overall? (Any tips on keeping a hot dog cool would be wonderful too! Thank you!