We had crate trained Shelties when I was a kid so I know how important this is, I'm just lazy and way too easily convinced by sad little eyes and unaccustomed freedom to make my own choices.
She does okay being stuffed into a crate when absolutely necessary (unexpected and unavoidable landlord visits and maintenance, during my private music lesson if she can't sit quietly in my lap, etc.) but she doesn't go into it voluntarily, it feels rather rude to me and not "done", and there is a certain period of time where she does bark and is unhappy before she settles down.
I think I've chosen our doggie daycare but she needs a Bordatello shot first. I didn't have to give her this vaccine reaction/allergy that makes her miserable since I doubt if I would have been "caught" for not following the letter of the local dog license law but I didn't know that then!
There was a Pom killed at a local doggie daycare. Of course I'm afraid and of course I'd prefer to have Laurel every bit as well crate trained as the Shelties were. They were crated all during normal work/school hours by the time they were 5+ years old and I was old enough to need Mom's paycheck more than her presence.
That's not possible for Laurel so I have to swallow the same pride that said "I'm not the type of person to take my dog to a groomer!" when I was having so much trouble maintaining her nails.
Laurel LOVES pedicures now, so the groomer is helping me with other unfamiliar tasks I need to learn. I'm not "there yet" but I have chosen "The One" for when I am ready to leave her, walk out the door, and come pick up my pretty, happy little dog later.
Or not. If it cramps her style too much, I'll just dress my little raggamuffin tomboy more appropriately the next time she tries to keep up with a Lab in the rain in the middle of winter.