Hello, First of all I have been reading though the threads on here and have found lots of help with seperation anxiety and other stuff on here, you all seem very wise. My situation is this I have three dogs who I have had for 18months plus, they are no problem, all get on, are left in the utility room when we go out, sleep out there - no problems. I then heard about a dog in a local dogs home who had been there for several months and wasn't handling it at all well, in fact they had only just been able to get a lead on him and take him for a walk after three months. He had gone completely in on himself and was just terrified all the time. He had been put on the unhomeable list to be put down. Anyway, to cut a long story short we are fostering him. He is a great dog, lovely in the house, great with my other dogs, children etc, clean - the perfect dog. Except when we try to leave him, first we tried leaving him in the utility room but he barked all the time we were out, chewed the door and was very stressed. He barked all night too so he now sleeps in my sons room which is fine, he just sleeps on the floor all night. He doesn't mind who he is with as long as he is with someone. Now I have read loads on the subject and I have set up a crate for him and he has his meals in it and a kong, he will lie quite nicely in it but does whine a bit, we don't have to be in the room with him. He appears to be used to a crate so I suspect he has used one before. I have set it up in the dining room which is the quietest room of the house, from external noises, we do hang out in the dining room a lot so its a family room in his eyes (hopefully). I also thought I would leave the tv on when we are out - its on most of the time anyway thanks to dd! And I have instructed the kids to ignore him for 5 mins before we go out and when we come back. We haven't left him in it yet, but we are going to have to go out tommorow for an hour or so, do you think he will be okay? I am fully expect him to whine and bark but am hoping he won't get as stressed in there as in the utility room. It is very early days with him, we have only had him for four days. I have read on here lots of advice and help but does anyone have any sucess stories to encourage me or any timescales of how long it can take. The family are really falling in love with this dog and we are talking about keeping him but I'm not sure I could cope with him with this issue. Many years ago we took on a rescue dog with similar issues, but much worse, it sadly turned out she had a brain tumor and we had to have her put down, but in the meantime she caused us loads of heartache, damage and complaints from the neighbours and I really don't want to go through that again. The dog is 6 by the way, labxgsd. Look forward to any advice you may have.