Guys, oh my goodness.had I known a throw blanket would have made such a difference, I would have done that a while ago. Today, I put him in my bedroom kennel and covered it totally. Went in the on suite to shower so I could hear him. He fussed for like 5 minutes and then was quiet for almost 15 before I let him out. I had put him in there before while showering and he still carried on so the blanket was definitely a help. Obviously the next room isn't as far as I'd like to go, but this is serious progress from the insanity yesterday. I did keep him up for almost a full hour longer than usual before I put him in the crate also. I'll keep trying just that little bit. And work up to leaving him longer, going further away. Does that sound like what I should do? I had tried leaving him downstairs so I could have the TV on for him but maybe he likes the quiet upstairs? Silly dog.