Hi, My partner and I brought home our 11 week old French Bulldog puppy this past Friday. I am a student and therefore have the ability to work on my research from home and have been here since the moment we brought him into the house. We have him contained in the living room (as we found a mouse in our house the same day we brought him home and do not want to risk him finding a trap) however every time my partner or I try to leave the living room "pen" even if we are just 5 feet away making coffee our pup uncontrollably barks. We have been trying to crate train him and he goes in his crate throughout the day willingly (as long as one of us is in his 'pen' and he voluntarily brings toys and treats in there to play/eat so it doesn't appear that the crate is causing too much anxiety. As long as we keep him awake and play with him for the two hours leading up to bed time, he goes in the crate at night with relatively little whimpering however, he will wake up 2-3 hours later barking like crazy, so we let him out to go to the bathroom and usually he does and will bark for about 10 minutes after we put him back in and eventually quiets. He then wakes up around 5 am every morning and I let him out yet, he doesn't seem to go need to go to the bathroom and I cannot get him back into his crate quietly at this point. I am not overly concerned about this nighttime routine however it would nice to have him sleep a little bit later into the morning (given that it has only been about 5 days I am optimistic that this will improve, hopefully). What I am most concerned about is the barking when left alone. If I try to leave during the day (and by leave I mean simply go somewhere else in the house while he left in his enclosure). We live in a terraced house and I am very aware that the excessive barking will probably begin to wear on the neighbours yet, I know responding to the barking to make him quiet will reinforce it. I have attempted to crate him during the day (to help him get used to the days that I need to go into the office) but he consistently barks for over an hour, so I do not have hope that he will eventually settle. I have tried crating him and sitting near the crate to show I haven't gone anywhere and that seems to make it worse. There is never a moment of quiet that I could let him out of the crate in order to reward his calm, so when I let him out I am afraid I am just repeatedly rewarding his barking by trying these methods. I apologise for the extremely long explanation but there is some inconsistencies in his behaviour that other methods don't seem to account for (e.g. being comfortable with the crate, especially when tired at the beginning of the night, but not tolerating alone time). Is there any way that I could encourage him to feel comfortable being alone? I have tried mentally stimulating toys and other toys in general but even when we are present and encouraging him to play with toys and trying to engage with him and the toys together he simply ignores the toys and jumps at our legs, we have also given him a collar with DAP in it to try and make him feel more comfortable in his new home but he just seems to lack the ability to entertain himself or nap on his own. I am hoping to find a method that I can utilise that only requires minimal periods left to bark as I am very anxious about annoying our neighbours.