I always felt bad for my boy when he was younger because I worked from 8pm to 8am. I usually had to leave the house early and didn't get home time about an hour after I got off. So I didn't have a lot of time to play with him. I would play before I went to bed and then when I got up. The 1st 6 months of owning him were like that. I usually tried extra hard on my day off to spend as much time as I could with him. The funny thing is he actually seemed to handle being in his crate better when he was younger and had to be in it a lot. Now he is out almost all the time and when we do have to leave him in it he throws a fit.