It's one thing reading about it, but another trying to do it. My mate seems to have mastered it with his dog in a matter of days. Our pup isn't scared of his. He will sleep in it at night with the door open. He also walks in and out. But once we lock him in to go to work he goes mental. When I pop up at dinner, he's sat there fine, and goes bonkers once out. So happy to see me. Am I doing it wrong? We've not had chance to "build up tolerance". He went in on 2 occasions on Thursday for 1 hour, Friday for 1-1.5 hours, Saturday 6 hours (poor guy), Sunday 2 hours. Yesterday and today he's been locked in from around 7:45 until around 12:15 when I go up at lunch. He gets put back in around 12:45. I feel so guilty. Feels bad letting him out, have food, wee poo etc and then wants to start playing. So we play a bit, then suddenly time for cage then the OH's mother is up around half 3 to help us out, otherwise it'd be 5:15 until Jen is back home. The work situation is only 2 days a week and SWMBO only works Mon & Tues all day and half day Wednesday. Neighbours say he barks, but then they barely hear anything. Maybe a whine, and this is probably when he has a pee in his cage. Then settles. Our thinking is, the long time is only 2 and half days a week. Other couples that have dogs often work full time, so I imagine thousand/millions get left alone all day almost from day 1. Will he "grow out" of the barking, and realise he's safe? I've also tried, today, leaving radio 4 on and putting towels over the back end of the cage to make it feel like a den. He also has a variety of toys and some water in there. And my clothes next to the cage (which I noticed today he's tried pulling through). Really don't know what to do. Am I expecting too much too soon?