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Just wondering if anyone has any advice on encouraging your pup to play by themselves a little bit more. Zoey has an ex-pen which she eats from and will occassionally fall asleep in during the day, but absolutely hates it when I leave her in it, even when I stay in the room with her, she freaks right out, shes fine if I go inside it with her and play for a bit till she's tired then I slowly make my way out, or I try and leave her in it while she sleeps, but as soon as I move she's awake and knows something is up and immediately gets up. I've tried the treat and praise thing when she's quiet in her pen and just taking a few steps back but to be honest it's not working at all, cause she cries more and more after I give her a treat for being quiet. I leave the TV and everything so she won't feel lonley, but I'm not even trying to leave the house yet, just the room so I can get some things down around the house. We have lots of play time both inside and outside and she always goes to the bathroom before I attempt to put her in there so I know that's not an issue. I have been ignoring her when I let her out of her pen and she just follows me around (my house is very small) I just feel guilty now playing with her lots becuase I feel like it's just going to reinforce her wanting me to play with her all the time and not having her own quiet time, when I put her in her pen for quiet time, she just loses it. She is just over 8 weeks old, and my husband says I'm reading too much into it and she will be ok and get use to things, am I expecting too much from her right now? and is it a bad thing to play with her when she's trying to get my attention to play. I would love to be able to take her for walks to tire her out before giving her quiet time, however she hasn't had all her shots so I can't leave my yard with her, any suggestions!