Thanks for everyone's thoughts. Doug is similar in that he is so independent and I think that's because we have been really influential in that because of our working schedules and not being able to be there all the time. When I leave I hide a few treats around the laundry and put his toys in a particular place so I can see what he has been up to when I have been gone.
I did think at one point he was having some anxiety as his bed would be completely in a different position. I have since learnt from watching him play that he tries to pull his blanket through the gaps of the crate and is so determine that he can pull the whole crate around.
When I leave and know ill be gone for more than a couple of hours I also give him this particular chew bone he just loves. He knows what it means sits patiently for it and when I give it to him jumps out his doggy door to go and enjoy.
When I get home he gets excited but I ignore for the first few minutes so he then calms down when I go over to unlock the gate I ask him to sit which he does (the one command that he has completely mastered all the rest he treats as optional at this point lol).
I've also noticed his excitement when I come home isn't nearly as excited as he gets when I have a visitor he hasn't met before so I do think he is fine on his own but I just wanted the reassurance it's ok to leave him as much as I hate it. I've also noticed on the weekends he sleeps loads during the day so I figure that's what he does when I'm gone.
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