Hi there - we are planning to get a golden in the next 6 months. I have always crate trained my puppies with great success, however my husband is reluctant b/c I think it's mean/cruel to the puppy. I'm very much into structure and my first pup was potty trained in 10 weeks. My husband works from home so someone will be with her most of the time. What are your thoughts? I think I should stick to my guns on this one, however is their potty training without a crate???