Does anyone have any creative ideas for helping fight puppy boredom while in the crate and/or @ home alone? My hubby and I don't ever leave our little one alone for extended periods of time, and i think we may have caused ourselves a little problem... Baccio is fine in his "nighttime crate" for 8+ hours (no crying, no accidents, etc), but during the day, when we put him in a larger, more open crate for any length of time (to take a shower, clean the house, etc) he cries and barks until he tires himself out enough to nap (which is just about the time I'm FINISHED doing whatever it is I needed the peace and quiet to do in the FIRST PLACE ). I just don't think he enjoys playing by himself at ALL- even when he's out and about the house with us, he'll bring his toys and sit on our laps to chew them. Is this normal or the beginnings of separation anxiety?!?!?! I have tried saving his most favorite toys for solo playtime, stuffing kongs (including freezing them so they last longer), biscuit balls, and some other contraption that's essentially the same idea. I've also tried weaving softer toys through the "bars" of his crate, so that he has to work to get them free, but he either solves my "puzzles" for him immediately, or loses interest. Does anyone have any other ideas? I'd love to try them out this afternoon- our beloved Green Bay Packers are playing for a ticket to the superbowl, and we'd like to enjoy the game without the B-man trying to steal our nachos :msngiggle: Thanks for any suggestions you can give!!!!! "Baccio's Mom"