Hello, this is my first time on this forum. After losing our lab a couple years ago, we finally decided to dive back into dog ownership. We got a 1.5 year old schnoodle. He was returned to the breeder for being too possessive of his toys and food. I don't think the last owner trained him much at all or tried to work through the issues they had with him. We've had him for almost a week now, he appears to be the perfect dog! Super cuddly, great with our kids (6 and 8 years old), doesn't bark much at all, etc. He's still pretty timid though, I think he's scared we'll abandon him. Like the only car rides we've taken him on, he gets very nervous and shaky. Anyway...my reason for posting... The breeder recommended us keeping him him confined to a small room during the day. We've set him up in our mudroom and left toys and a bone for him. He's home alone for about 8 hours total, but after 4 hours my wife comes home at lunch to let him out and play with him before she has to go back to work. I've got a camera on the room. He whines a little when we leave, but then quiets down quickly. For the past two days he's just been laying there, not doing much but sleeping. He seems like such a good boy, I'm worried about him being bored and lonely. I'm thinking about slowly giving him access to more and more of the house. Thought is that he'd just have more space and things to do, like look out the windows, "protect his house", etc. Any thoughts on letting him roam the house alone instead of cooping him up in one small room?