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Hello folks. Just joined this forum and need a little (a lot) help. I have raised a fair number of dogs in my life and while it can be a lot of work, it has always been manageable. My girlfriend and I adopted a new puppy recently. He's an 11 week old German Shepherd/Australian Herder mix. He's a great dog and we immediately fell in love with him. But he has to be the most needy dog I've ever met. If he doesn't have continuous access to one of us, he freaks out to the point I'm worried he'll hurt himself. We don't even have to be out of sight. We have a small gate blocking off the kitchen and the second we step over it he freaks. I've tried ignoring it and slowly getting him used to being alone. But we can literally be standing 6 inches from him on the other side of the gate and he'll soil himself in a panic. Nights are the worst. We have his crate next to the bed but if he can't see us it doesn't matter. We've had him for 3 weeks and have gotten zero sleep. Any advice anyone has would be great. I'm exhausted and starting to fantasize about a house fire (I'm being sarcastic, but seriously, I need some sleep).