Try and stick with the confinement. It's for Theo benefit in the long run and for your peace of mine. Doug quickly learnt that crying or barking didn't get him what he wanted and the crate for toilet training has helped us know exactly when he has gone so we can let him play inside without stressing about accidents.
Dave the articles you provided I actually read before we brought Doug home. So helpful!! I never owned a dog before however my priority from the beginning has been to ensure we raise a dog that is well behaved and trained. We have had Doug for 4 weeks and he can sit, comes when called (sometimes), is going well with potty training and loves his crate often going into on his own or when we say "bed" knows where to go.
Do some reading and stick to your guns during his training as your setting the tone for future behaviour. Do you have any photos??
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