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Ok, to put it in simple terms dogs are pack animals and you are the pack leader. So they suffer separation anxiety when you leave the room. With crates/kennels the mistake people do is to associate it with you leaving them for periods of times. The best way to get them accustomed to them is to do it during a weekend, and be in the same room with the crate/kennel. They will whine and bark, but you should ignore it, it take like 10 mins but don't let them out until they settle down. After 15-20 mins of them being quiet, then let them out. Increase the periods of time until you have the same amount of time that they will be alone. Also do the same thing at night... it is not inhumane, they feel secure in there when they get used to it. Also make it a postive experience by luring them in with doggie treats, do not punish them by putting them there. It will eventually become their den and they will go in willingly. Also what was mentioned before is true. They can be in seperate rooms and that might solidify their independence, but I have not had experience with that first hand, just what I have heard. Obidience school is a most. Lombard Animal Clinic is associated with a really good obidience school, The school meets in lombard which is a 20 min drive from Naperville... I took my dog to that school and it was great.