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Looking for some expert advice for our 4 month old ***** ***** puppy. We are struggling with crate training and barking. Thanks.
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When did you get the puppy?

Where is the crate placed?

Does this happen when you are home or not home?

What type of personality does he have? Meaning is he shy, fearful, or very out going?

What have you tried so far?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Hi Sally,Thanks for your reply.In answer to your questions:- We got Max about 2 months ago at 10 weeks old.- The crate is in the living room, but we live in a studio so it is also in our bedroom.- He barks mostly when we are there. We have tried isolating him in a separate room but he howls and howls.- He is pretty confident and fearless. But not at all hyper active. He is happy to be with us, and sleeps on the carpet. He basically just wants to be with its all the time.- So, we have his crate in an x-pen, but he spends most of the day outside. He goes willingly into his crate during the day though.- We take him out to do his business at about midnight and he sleeps happily in his crate until about 7am. Then he wakes up and whines and barks to be let out. I then get up and take him outside. But I am concerned that this has been the wrong approach, because he now knows that when he barks he is let out of his crate or pen. But he has been so good during the night and I figured that if he needs to pee I should let him out. Problem is that if he doesn't want to be in his pen during the day he barks to be let out.- I'm not sure quite what to do to correct this behaviour.I am happy to take via Skype if that would be easier.Many thanks,
Nick

Thank you for that information. It seems we are in two different time zones/countries so I would not be able to make a phone call to you.

It does sound like he is sleeping through the night just fine so letting him out in the morning at this age is fine. You want him to bark to go out for potty. Generally what we expect from puppies at this age is three to four hours before a needed potty break, at night it can go a bit longer because the whole system is asleep.

So what I would practice is putting him in his crate and letting him out only when he takes a breath from barking so that he begins to realize it is the quiet that gets him out.

If you are not feeding him in the crate I would start doing this with the door left open. I would also begin putting things in the crate to occupy him, things such as a Kong stuffed with plain yogurt or cream cheese, and frozen. during the day I might also put in some treats when he is not looking so that he sees this spot as a special spot to be.

His young age also needs to be taken into consideration. Puppies wake up to look for their litter mates, which is now you. Sometimes the stuffed dog with the heart beat can help a dog to calm down.

Puppy toy with heart beat.

https://www.puplife.com/products/snuggle-puppies-dog-toys?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=400293629&gclid=CjwKEAjwoLfHBRD_jLW93remyAQSJABIygGptMzVh4XjKk_1fpjjA9NPelkYWG5Ef_TBhGhhgCW0XxoCJsbw_wcB

Kong these work great when stuffed with yogurt or cream cheese and frozen

http://www.amazon.com/KONG-Extreme-Dog-Large-Black/dp/B0002AR0II/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982805&sr=1-1&keywords=kong+dog+toys

Boredom is another reason for barking. Daily training sessions can help with this as it tires a dog's mind which is equivalent to more than a mile walk.

I would be clicker training now in the home so some obedience is learned. This will help. I might begin also training the difference between speak and quiet. Because he is barking, teach speak first. Then he will learn the difference between the two.

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Clicker training/positive method training/ print off

http://www.clickerlessons.com/

video’s to see how clicker training is done,(go to videos )

http://www.clickertrainusa.com/clicker-training-videos.htm

Speak & Quiet

http://www.dogskool.com/web/news/summer2002/page3.html

** http://petcaretips.net/teach-dog-stay-quiet.html

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thanks for your reply Sally - that's very helpful ! Nick

You are very welcome. I wish you the best. Things should get better as the puppy gets older:)

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