In order to provide a general overview of what we've got going to n, we adopted a (we think) 1/2 border collie 1/2 husky female dog. She's great in almost all ways. She learns quickly, loves the family, and she wants to please. We are going through Dr. Ian Dunbar's method for house training, namely that you confine the dog, then take her out every hour. During that time she goes potty and then as a reward you play with her for a bit. Supposedly the purpose of confinement is twofold: firstly it to teach her when and where to go potty. Secondly the idea is that she learns to be alone and to entertain herself for those times that we do actually need to leave her alone for a bit. Like I said, she's smart and willing to please. But she is not entertaining herself at all. From the moment she wakes up (around 5 am) she'll cry if we're not with her. It's getting pretty old and tiresome. Where do we go from here?