Hi everyone, Hoping someone has some advice. We have an almost 14 week Cavachon which we've had since she was 8 weeks old. She's great in every way but she's quite clingy which I've been told is a) normal for small puppies b) common for Cavachons. We are however very aware that life will at some point go back to normal and we'll have to return to work at least a couple of days a week. So I'm super aware of making sure she doesn't develop seperation anxiety. So far I've tried the following: 1. She hated her crate but now tolerates her crate + playpen at night. Crate is covered and had a nice cosy bed and opens up to a playpen in which we have some water and a peepad just in case. We give her all her meals in that area and sometimes play games in there. Lots of treats whenever she chooses to go in there herself. She would still never choose to just hang out and chill in there. When I give her a kong or a toy in there, she takes it and then leaves her area to eat it somewhere else. After weeks of doing this, I feel like she'd still rather be anywhere else than in there. 2. Because of this she never chills or naps in there during the day. I have tried to leave her alone in the living room downstairs every now and then when she's eating so she doesn't immediately try to protest when I leave the room. That works for a bit but it works because she probably doesn't realize I'm gone. I'm having a real challenge doing the alone time training since she doesn't even like to be in her pen for a little bit. 3. Every now and then she wakes up way too early and I put her back in her area to get some more sleep after bringing her outside to toilet. She usually wakes up around 6 but last night for example it wasn't even 5 yet I can see her distress through the doggy camera in her pen when I do that. I try to let her cry it out as to not enforce the whining but it's just getting worse. Not sure if this is an extinction burst or if I'm making it worse by doing this. Leaving a kong does nothing, she just ignores that and tries to escape on and off for an hour or so. She did manage to escape 2 times before we put a roof on her pen so the memory of that "reward" probably keeps her going now. This morning she cried for 45 minutes on and off before going quiet for a bit and then crying again at 6 at which point we decided to go down and let her out since it's more her usual wake up time. It's important to note that she's just crying for us at this point, since she already had gone toilet. Whenever we do let her cry it out a bit she seems even more needy and agitated during the day. I'm not sure what to do anymore. Is she maybe still too young to do alone time training? Or is she just a very clingy dog, I think she's too young to already have seperation anxiety, but how do we prevent that? How can we get her to wake up later as well? Thanks for reading!