I posted on here last week about some trouble I was having with our new 10 month old golden. He came from an amazing breeder and was with her the whole time. He just didn't have the gusto for the show ring and she was going to find him a pet home. This is the second golden we have gotten from her. Here is the problem. He is so stressed in the crate that he actually injures himself trying to escape. We are doing everything in our power to put a positive association with the crate. So we decided not to crate him and give it a whirl with him just gated off to a certain area. He can jump a 5 foot gate! I have started some sound aversion training so that he will stay away from the gate, I thought we were headed in the right direction, to no avail...he escaped again today. I come home everyday to poop or pee in the house. Sometimes both. He pooped in the house twice today. What you have to understand is that he is barely alone. I took him for an hour long walk this morning, and he walked in the front door and went to the basement and pooped while I was wiping my other dogs paws. My husband was with him till 1pm today and I was in the door by 3:30...came home to another big pile in the living room. I am not new to dog ownership-he is my third and I am loosing it. I come home everyday in tears to poop, pee, or some sort of destruction. Sometimes all three. I have a dog walker 5 days a week and am at a total loss as to what to do here. He gets tons of exercise, never has to go more than 2-3 hours without a potty break, has lot of interesting toys...what gives. I suspect he has separation anxiety and his stress relief is pottying in the house. Does that sound insane? Any suggestions? Anything...Thanks for letting me vent.