ok, so now that i have changed my schedule we have started leaving chance out of his kennel. he used to go to work with my bf when we were carpooling, becuase we worked like 7a-7p. now we have it where chance can stay out while we work. he has gates up so he is still confined to the 2nd floor, which is our kitchen, dinning room and living room, so he still has boundaries. we starte him off with half an hour alone out and about, then an hour, so over a period of a couple weeks we tried it to see how he would do, he has done great. minus a couple small things he got into, really no biggie. problem is he is now testing me a lot!!! he tries to take my slippers off my feet while i wear them, i he jumped on the kitchen counter today, which he has never done!! i will make him lay down and he will do the "combat crawl" away. if i am walking upstairs, he will push into the back of my knee or push into me like he is trying to trip me or something. i dont baby him, i dont give him attention if anything i tell him no and ignore him. when he behaves i pet him but not until he behaves the way i want. but he just keeps finding new ways to test me!!!! is it because he now has the house to himself while we are at work? i didnt just up and give him the house, he earned it over time. he gets a kong w/ penut butter and a toy so he doesnt get into stuff while we are gone. i just dont get it and i am going nuts!! help please!