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Karen hit the nail on the head when she said the dog you have today is not the same dog you will have in 2-3 years. Patiently engaging the behaviors you want WILL pay off. When we first got our puppy and we would leave the home for a bit, he would completely freak out when we would arrive home...trying to get out of his crate....barking, whining, even peeing himself, all because he was overexcited that we were home. We had gotten to the point that we would carry the entire crate outside (with him in it), because we didn't want him piddling all over the kitchen floor. Our puppy good manners coach kept saying to keep him in his crate until he quieted down, not even speaking to him while he was carrying on. Over time, we started seeing that he would quiet down faster, knowing that he would then be released from his crate more quickly. Now, 15 months later, we can come home, even move around for a bit, and he just lies quietly in his crate, watching us and knowing that we'll let him out in a few minutes. The other thing is that he has now gotten to the point where when the doorbell rings, he'll run to the door and bark, but as soon as we open the door and greet the person, he immediately stops barking, as if he senses when we are relaxed with the person entering the home, it's okay for him to relax too. He has matured into such a lovely dog, and I am so grateful to our excellent good manners coaches for their outstanding training advice and for saving my sanity when I thought our puppy was going to drive me mad!