What I mean is, how do you go out at dinner time without your dog? I keep rejecting invitations that would have me out between 7 and 9pm, because I think i'd have to hire someone to feed the dog her dinner, make sure she goes out a couple times before bed, and then goes into the crate. Only thing I can think of is to feed her early, then take her out to do her business, hope she does so in a timely manner, and then put her in the crate until i get back. Then when I come home, whatever time it is, wake her to take her out one more time (assuming she's asleep) so she doesn't wake at 3am, etc. Maybe it's different when the dog is older (mine is not quite 5 months yet)?