Hi Guys, I’ve been looking around this forum and there is some wonderful advice available, but I want to be sure I’m doing things the right way. I’ve read the sticky but couldn’t find the link to Hutch6s' line of sight post... History I live with my wife and son who are at work and school during the day, and also with my sister and mother who don’t work and are at home most of the time. I’m out at work from early morning until 3pm. We used to always have a dog; firstly two consecutive golden labs and then a black lab. We got them when they were slightly older (not puppies) and never really had any issues. After our last one died around 10 years ago we were heartbroken and didn’t get another dog. Current Situation After a few years of consideration we decided to add another family member in a Chocolate Lab (super adorable). After looking around for puppies with KC registered parents, we decided on this 10 week old and named him Oreo. I’ve been doing some research and trying to prepare myself for how to reinforce positive behaviour (with attention and treats) and discourage negative behaviour like biting things by distracting him onto something else. I’ve only had him for 3 days now and I think I’m getting the hang of it, although there is one thing which has been getting me stressed and anxious and I would like to know if anyone with experience could advise if I’m going about it the right way..... Nighttime barking I have a playpen setup in the hallway with a covered crate inside. So far he is comfortable entering and exiting the playpen as I have his food bowl/water inside with toys (trying to make it fun for him inside). I’ve been trying to encourage him to go into the crate and he has a few times but never for more than a few minutes (he did once go in and sleep for around 15 mins then came out again). I was using treats to reward him for going in although he didn’t stay long at all. The issue seems to be when he is left in his playpen alone (and no one is visible to him) he will quickly start whining and barking. If I come and sit nearby (without engaging him in any way) he calms down after 5-10 mins and usually falls asleep. I then can leave him alone until he wakes up and he will start barking again. Now i understand that the barking behaviour common with new puppies, but is there any issue with me coming and waiting in his line of sight until he calms? I’m hesitant to let him out of the playpen until he is calm, so is it ok to sit with him until he’s calm then let him out? Should there be any timing issues like letting him bark for longer periods before sitting nearby? Also is it important to crate train him if he is mainly using the playpen for sleeping? Also he doesn’t really play with his toys for very long when in the playpen. Is there anything I can do to get him to enjoy being in there more? I sometimes sit in there with him and encourage him to play with his toys but is it just a case of consistently doing this for longer periods for improvement? and how long should I be doing this (assuming I should)? I’ve got loads more questions, but I guess this is already far too long for my first post. Advice from experienced dog owners is highly appreciated!