Awe, thank you, everyone! Gosh, I just have to share this with you ... something amazing that occurred last night: I let Earnhardt sleep in the bed with me again (confined to a leash, like the night before). I woke up this morning, and my 2 dogs were in my bed, but not Earnhardt!
His leash and collar were there, still attached to the furniture, which he pryed off himself. I looked at Hercules, and saw him staring at the door to the larger crate, which led my eyes to the interior of the crate, where I found Earnhardt sound asleep!!! The crate door was shut, but not locked, with a very large dog bed propped up against it to keep it shut!!! Earnhardt does well in his crate, but it takes all my strength to get him in there, so this was just too bizarre! Apparently, Hercules (my Spanish Water Dog) rounded him up and put him in his crate, shut the door, and propped the dog bed up against it to contain him, then stood guard to make sure he didn't escape!!! BTW, Hercules is the one who taught my cousin's adult Golden how to sit by pushing the Golden's butt down with his paw, and he's done several other amazing things. Is that not totally bizarre?
Well, other than the poop I found on my floor, which apparently occurred in between Earnhardt escaping from his leash and being sent to his crate by Hercules, I'm proud to say that we had no other accidents today ... no marking ... no nothing ... and I've kept him unleashed, but confined, to each room I was in today. Right now, he's lying on the carpeted floor in my office, behind my chair, with my 2 other dogs. He sniffed the room several times, but I said "no" each time, cuz it appeared he was about to mark, and he immediately stopped!
He's also learned how to sit and lie down (although he still gets the two confused), doesn't pull on the leash anymore when we go up and down the stairway (I trained him to pause with each step I take), and he knows "outside" (potty), "cookie" (treat), "din-din", "hungry" and "upstairs". So, my efforts seem to be paying off! I'm soooo proud of him!