That attitude can be a "country folk-- city folk" kind of thing. I have cousins in the wilds of Kentucky, who think I am "mistreating" my dogs by having them always on leash, and when driving they are ALWAYS crated (together, big crate). Yet, that cousin doesn't hesitate to tell me how full of ticks their yard is-- especially the deer ticks (Lyme). When you have over 5 or more acres of land, the running free thing can work and the dog knows its limits--but of course, still some dogs killed by cars on the road. Now at CG mine are always on leash; or roped to picnic table, and have the time of their life rolling in the dirt and sitting by my side at campfire. One (rescued) cockapoo has separation anxiety. Thus, if he sees me walking away to go to restroom all kinds of whining/barking ensue. So, car crate is good for that time, too. Making sure of course, that the skylight is open for ventilation and out of the sun. I am known for very quick showers at state parks-- or none at all. I am so attentive to my dogs, yet my cousin still thinks I am "mistreating" by keeping them under good control, and having them sleep crated away from the ticky yard. Not sure what my mini-hound would do if he met a raccoon! Start a fight/ run like heck, I don't know!