i was gonna pm him, but i figured a few of us here owe thanks to G20MAN and his ask a trainer thread... when i got my pup from the pound at about 9 months old, i had a real problem housebreaking her...also had some problems with leaving her alone, etc etc... the advice i was given worked, and worked fast. i've had a few other issues, but having to leave a young GSD at home for 8 hours is probably gonna bring some worked those out with the advice given to other people here, and now i have a GREAT puppy! i'm very consistant with her, and excercise her daily...when i first got her she would break out of any cage in a matter of minutes. now at night, i either put her in her cage or give her the option of sleeping on her blanket. a few months ago she wouldn't stay off the bed unless she was in her cage. now she sleeps all night at the foot of the bed on her blanket, or goes in her cage on her own. tis very nice once a month or so, she'll do something little to test me (as dogs are wont to do), and i'll let her know i don't take that crap thanks G20!