Train Dog To Stop Barking In Crate
Edward R. Forte
October 12, 2021
Training & Behavior
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a guide dog puppy raiser it’s how to crate train a puppy.If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you already know that it took Stetson over four weeks to get used to his crate.Over the years I’ve learned many tips and tricks for crate training puppies.Today we’re going to first share with you the basics of how to crate train a puppy and second, give you our best tips and tricks for those of you who have a stubborn puppy who doesn’t want to adjust to his crate.The wire style crate circulates air better and gives us an option of either leaving it open or covering it with a blanket to make it more like a den.Here’s what we learned from Guide Dogs of America about crate training puppies:.Do not crate the puppy during the day for more than 3 hours.Start crate training your puppy on his first night.QUICK TIP: We’ve been using the Snuggle Puppy Toy w/ Heartbeat and Heat Pack to help our puppies get used to their crate.You may feed the puppy in his crate and give him some favorite toys, to keep the experience positive.”.Now that we have the basics of crate training down.As you might have guessed over those 10 years we’ve learned many crate training tips and tricks.In Episode 1 of Puppy In Training TV we talked about some of the first things we do when bringing home a puppy.We also talked a little bit about how to crate train a puppy and Dublin’s first night in his crate.If you get to meet your puppy’s litter mates then bring a plush toy (our new favorite plush toy for puppies is the Snuggle Puppy Toy w/ Heartbeat and Heat Pack) or blanket to rub all over his litter mates.When it comes time to put your pup in his crate leave the toy or blanket in the crate with the scent of his litter mates this may help your pup sleep better at night.If you have a wire crate try putting a sheet over it to make him feel more cozy and enclosed.Try leaving the door open but lying down across the doorway of the crate as if to nap with him, to make him feel more comfortable in the crate, and at the same time make your body block the doorway.UPDATE: We used the Snuggle Puppy Toy w/ Heartbeat and Heat Pack with Charlie and his first night in his crate…not a peep!The one that worked for me and Stetson – I was a wreck and I thought Stetson would never get used to his crate.The only way I was able to get him to sleep was to talk to him for 5-10 minutes, telling him what a “good boy” he was when he wasn’t crying (if he did cry I would just keep silent tell he stopped).I’ve also heard of a toy that has a thing on the inside that you can warm on the inside and insert in the toy.Another one we haven’t tried yet, but will be on the top of our wish list if we have a pup who doesn’t sleep.Hey…you do what you can with the things you have around the house.Do you have any tips or tricks on how to stop a puppy from barking in his crate?Is this one of your first nights home with your new puppy?If so, check out Stetson’s first night home and read about what we did to ease him into his new home. .
Excessive Barking, Whining, and Crying
If you want your dog to alert you to people outside, allow him to bark two or three times, then interrupt him by saying “Quiet” or “Enough.” Reward your dog right when he is quiet by saying “Yes” and giving him a yummy treat.For territorial barking outdoors, supervise your dog and keep him leashed or be sure he responds reliably when told to come so you can interrupt his barking.Barking Outside.Make sure your dog has a variety of chew toys and other interactive toys to keep him busy and out of trouble when you are not around to play with him.Reward your dog with attention, treats, and praise only when he is quiet.Barking or Whining In The Crate.Ignore the behavior.After your dog has been quiet in the crate for about one minute, reward him with play time outside of the crate. .
The Right Way To Crate Train To Stop Barking And Whining
Your puppy might quiet down for a few minutes – but they’ll still feel scared and alone, yet unable to express that.The crate should be large enough for your puppy to stand, turn around, and stretch out, but not so big that they will use one side as a restroom.You can use a crate cover or blanket to block out light and sound.That way, your puppy will be able to sleep peacefully inside, even during the day.So, you’ll have lots of opportunities to create positive crate experiences before bedtime.You can hide little treats inside for your puppy to find on their own.Encourage your puppy to go into the crate on their own for naps.Do this while you are in the room, perhaps watching television or washing dishes.Try putting your puppy in the crate with a Kong or similar fillable food toy.The goal is to crate your puppy for short periods of time so they do not experience separation anxiety.This will be stressful for them in the beginning, but most dogs adjust quickly.Before you leave, make sure your puppy has pottied, eaten, and had water to drink.Play with your puppy and/or go for a walk so that they are sleepy.Not only will your puppy be on the fast-track to going accident-free, they’ll also learn foundational cues and social skills, while spending time with other dogs who act as role models for your puppy.Music has been shown in studies to have a calming effect on dogs, particularly reggae and classical tunes.Make sure they run out of steam before even attempting to crate them.At Healthy Houndz, we’ve overcome every imaginable puppy problem without using force, pain or fear. .
How to get your dog to stop barking
If you believe your dog is barking to get your attention, ignore them for as long as it takes for them to stop.Timing is important, so make sure you’re quick to reward the quiet so that you don’t confuse them and inadvertently reward them for barking.Start with the stimulus (the thing that makes them bark) at a distance.If the stimulus moves out of sight, stop giving your dog treats.When your dog starts barking, ask them to do something that's incompatible with barking.When they're reliably going to their bed to earn a treat, up the ante by opening the door while they're on their bed.Repeat until they stay in bed while the door opens.If you believe your dog is barking reactively to strangers, family members or other dogs, or if the above tips prove unsuccessful, consider reaching out to a certified professional dog trainer for help. .
One of the most common complaints of pet parents is that their dogs are disruptive or destructive when left alone.When a dog’s problems are accompanied by other distress behaviors, such as drooling and showing anxiety when his pet parents prepare to leave the house, they aren’t evidence that the dog isn’t house trained or doesn’t know which toys are his to chew.Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs become upset because of separation from their guardians, the people they’re attached to.Escape attempts by dogs with separation anxiety are often extreme and can result in self-injury and household destruction, especially around exit points like windows and doors.Usually, right after a guardian leaves a dog with separation anxiety, the dog will begin barking and displaying other distress behaviors within a short time after being left alone—often within minutes.When treating a dog with separation anxiety, the goal is to resolve the dog’s underlying anxiety by teaching him to enjoy, or at least tolerate, being left alone.Some dogs urinate or defecate when left alone or separated from their guardians.If a dog urinates or defecates in the presence of his guardian, his house soiling probably isn’t caused by separation anxiety.A dog who has separation anxiety might bark or howl when left alone or when separated from his guardian.If a dog’s chewing, digging and destruction are caused by separation anxiety, they don’t usually occur in his guardian’s presence.A dog with separation anxiety might try to escape from an area where he’s confined when he’s left alone or separated from his guardian.If the dog’s escape behavior is caused by separation anxiety, it doesn’t occur when his guardian is present.If a dog’s pacing behavior is caused by separation anxiety, it usually doesn’t occur when his guardian is present.When left alone or separated from their guardians, some dogs defecate and then consume all or some of their excrement.An abrupt change in schedule in terms of when or how long a dog is left alone can trigger the development of separation anxiety.For example, if a dog’s guardian works from home and spends all day with his dog but then gets a new job that requires him to leave his dog alone for six or more hours at a time, the dog might develop separation anxiety because of that change.There are a number of medications that can cause frequent urination and house soiling.If your dog takes any medications, please contact his veterinarian to find out whether or not they might contribute to his house-soiling problems.Before concluding that your dog has separation anxiety, it’s important to rule out the following behavior problems:.Some dogs urinate in the house because they’re scent marking.Many young dogs engage in destructive chewing or digging while their guardians are home as well as when they’re away.They usually vocalize when their guardians are home as well as when they’re away.To develop this kind of association, every time you leave the house, you can offer your dog a puzzle toy stuffed with food that will take him at least 20 to 30 minutes to finish.Be sure to remove these special toys as soon as you return home so that your dog only has access to them and the high-value foods inside when he’s by himself.If you can’t find a behaviorist, you can seek help from a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), but be sure that the trainer is qualified to help you. Determine whether she or he has education and experience in treating fear with desensitization and counterconditioning, since this kind of expertise isn’t required for CPDT certification.(If your dog doesn’t show signs of anxiety when you’re preparing to leave him alone, you can just skip to step two below.).Your dog may see telltale cues that you’re leaving (like your putting on your coat or picking up your keys) and get so anxious about being left alone that he can’t control himself and forgets that you’ll come back.One treatment approach to this “predeparture anxiety” is to teach your dog that when you pick up your keys or put on your coat, it doesn’t always mean that you’re leaving.After your dog doesn’t become anxious when he sees you getting ready to leave, you can move on to the next step below.If your dog is less anxious before you leave, you can probably skip the predeparture treatment above and start with very short departures.The main rule is to plan your absences to be shorter than the time it takes for your dog to become upset.To get started, train your dog to perform out-of-sight stays by an inside door in the home, such as the bathroom.You can teach your dog to sit or down and stay while you go to the other side of the bathroom door.Gradually increase the length of time you wait on the other side of the door, out of your dog’s sight.When you’ve trained up to separations of five to ten seconds long, build in counterconditioning by giving your dog a stuffed food toy just before you step out the door.After each short separation, it’s important to make sure that your dog is completely relaxed before you leave again.You will need to spend a significant amount of time building up to 40-minute absences because most of your dog’s anxious responses will occur within the first 40 minutes that he’s alone.This means that during treatment for separation anxiety, your dog cannot be left alone except during your desensitization sessions.Arrange for a family member, friend or dog sitter to come to your home and stay with your dog when you’re not there.To decrease your dog’s excitement level when you come home, it might help to distract him by asking him to perform some simple behaviors that he’s already learned, such as sit, down or shake.Crate training can be helpful for some dogs if they learn that the crate is their safe place to go when left alone.In order to determine whether or not you should try using a crate, monitor your dog’s behavior during crate training and when he’s left in the crate while you’re home.Try to exercise your dog right before you have to leave him by himself.After you and your dog have learned a few new skills, you can mentally tire your dog out by practicing them right before you leave your dog home alone.Some dogs are so distraught by any separation from their pet parents that treatment can’t be implemented without the help of medication. .
How to Stop Dog Barking and Whining When Left Alone
But as soon as you leave, he can’t keep his mouth shut.Boredom, restlessness, fear, and separation anxiety are all common reasons that your dog might bark and whine while you’re gone.Make sure your dogs have an adequate amount of exercise before you leave in the morning.Treats can be placed inside a Kong toy, and the dog will work to get the treats out.A common suggestion by trainers for dogs who bark when owners are gone is to leave the dog with some familiar sounds such as a radio or television.There can be a problem when more than one dog is barking and the collar is sometimes hard to fit on very small dogs.There are several anti-barking devices that do not involve collars.Keep in mind that as the dog’s trainer (or animal behaviorist), finding the function of the behavior is important.By watching your dog’s behavior from afar you’ll be able to watch for signs of anxiety in your absence, or see if the barking happens when squirrels are in the yard, or if your dog gets destructive when it’s simply bored.Leave the dog for a few seconds, come back into the house, and reward him for quiet, calm behavior. .
Crates 101: A Guide to Crate Training
Crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal.Don’t leave your dog in the crate too long.After that, it should be a place he goes voluntarily.By renting, you can trade up to the appropriate size for your puppy until he’s reached his adult size, when you can invest in a permanent crate.Training should take place in a series of small steps.If he refuses to go all the way in at first, that’s okay; don’t force him to enter.This step may take a few minutes or as long as several days.If your dog is readily entering the crate when you begin Step 2, place the food dish all the way at the back of the crate.The first time you do this, open the door as soon as he finishes his meal.If he begins to whine to be let out, you may have increased the length of time too quickly.After your dog is eating his regular meals in the crate with no sign of fear or anxiety, you can confine him there for short time periods while you’re home.After your dog enters the crate, praise him, give him the treat, and close the door.Repeat this process several times a day, gradually increasing the length of time you leave him in the crate and the length of time you’re out of his sight.Once your dog will stay quietly in the crate for about 30 minutes with you mostly out of sight, you can begin leaving him crated when you’re gone for short time periods and/or letting him sleep there at night.Step 4, Part A: Crate your dog when you leave.Although he shouldn’t be crated for a long time before you leave, you can crate him anywhere from five to 20 minutes prior to leaving.Continue to crate your dog for short periods from time to time when you’re home so he doesn’t associate crating with being left alone.Puppies often need to go outside to eliminate during the night, and you’ll want to be able to hear your puppy when he whines to be let outside.If your dog whines or cries while in the crate at night, it may be difficult to decide whether he’s whining to be let out of the crate, or whether he needs to be let outside to eliminate.If the whining continues after you’ve ignored him for several minutes, use the phrase he associates with going outside to eliminate.This should be a trip with a purpose, not play time.Don’t give in; if you do, you’ll teach your dog to whine loud and long to get what he wants.If the problem becomes unmanageable, you may need to start the crate training process over again. .
A Quieter Kennel: Understanding Why Dogs Bark & What To Do
It’s a fact of life that nearly all dog owners must accept.How they hold their head, mouth, eyes, and tail are all deliberate.You may notice that different breeds, sizes, and shapes of dogs bark differently.It is believed that they do this because their ancestors and/or distant relatives howled.They may have done this to communicate with pack members near their location, status, or territory areas.It is not uncommon for the Arctic breeds to howl before their eyes are even open as puppies.Scenthounds like Beagles, Bloodhounds, and Bluetick Coonhounds, to name a few, are known to “bay.” This may sound like a howl, but the excitement level, depth, and purpose of the sound are very different.The bay changes to a “tree” or “chop” bark when the dogs have an animal cornered or “treed.” This bark is called a chop because of its short sharp and repetitive sound.A broken growl may indicate fear, which can be even more dangerous for other dogs, animals, or people.If you try to pick up or move a dog frozen in fear, they may turn on you. Be very careful with dogs who are frozen in fear.Always watch a growling dog to see if it is coming towards you or retreating.If this is a new behavior, consider that something may be wrong with the pup.There are several breeds that have unique behaviors and vocalization combinations.For instance, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was bred to imitate the curious activity of foxes, whose color and quick movements exert a strange fascination over waterfowl.Tollers often bark in a very high, excited, and shrill short burst that sounds much like the quacking or “call” of some waterfowl.Body language, intensity, volume, and pitch will help you decide if the dog is having fun, trying to talk you out of a treat, or if it is in distress.It may sound like a chortle, but deeper and not as shrill.Whining can also mean the dog is seeking attention, but their body language may be completely different.You can’t just listen to a dog barking and know everything that is going on in your kennel.You must also look at the dog’s body language to determine what kind of barking is happening and why.D o not yell at the dogs to “BE QUIET!” or they will think, “Yippee, he is barking with us!” or “ T here really must be something scary out there, because he is barking too!”.Regularly e xercising your do gs is the very best noise reduction tool, and can contribute to a quieter kennel .That way, they can see what is going one and get used to the higher levels of activity.Use materials that allow the dogs to easily see you.
They will be quieter if they can see what you are doing and who is coming and goi ng in the kennel .Off set ting each pen will help stop fence fighting , and they are less likely to bark at one another.Doing so could inadvertently reward bad behavior by focusing attention on it.Use positive re i nforcement with treats, toys, praise, and touch.And you certainly won’t give them a reward or treat if they are barking.This will help the shy dog learn taking a treat from your hand is okay.Stacy Mason is a Senior Breeder Field Representative with the American Kennel Club. .
Dog Barking In Its Crate? Tips and Alternatives for Crate Training Dogs
This behavior can become problematic and force some sleepless nights on you if not handled quickly.They seek small, enclosed spaces to keep safe from danger, rest, and raise a family.However, your dog may experience separation anxiety when you leave, and a crate might not quell her fear.It’s also essential that your dog has good experiences with her crate, which can be accomplished through encouragement in the form of praise and treats.Eliminate other reasons for your dog’s barking like hunger or the need to go potty by ensuring your dog is fed and has gone outside for a bathroom break before crating.This move may be close enough to you that she will calm down and rest without making a fuss.If your dog were to get her collar tangled while you’re away, the outcome could be tragic.For this reason, a remote-style training device like the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool could help stop your dog’s barking in her crate without the need for a collar or contact with your dog.If she isn’t fully grown, you can buy a kennel that will suit her adult size, providing you block off the excess space to prevent your dog from “going” in one area and returning to the other.Keep the door open while your dog isn’t in it or you’re at home.Cooped up in a crate for extended periods may cause her to become anxious or depressed and act out.The rule of thumb is: Any puppy under six months shouldn’t stay crated for more than 3-4 hours at a time.If you do, your dog may grow to fear her crate and make any existing barking habit worse.She can sense any apprehension or frustration you may be feeling, so use a calm approach and give crate training time. .
How to Stop a Dog from Barking at Night
It’s bedtime but not to your pup.If your dog’s barking and whining is keeping you awake at night or, worse yet, waking you up hours before your alarm, you’re not alone; this is one of the most common wrinkles that need ironing out in your relationship with your dog.At one time you allowed your dog to sleep in the bed but have revoked the privilege; You’ve recently adopted your pup and they have not yet learned to sleep through the night; You’ve attempted to soothe your dog’s barking by going to them and petting them or freeing them from a confined space.There is a solution to this problem but you’re not going to like it.In order to stop a dog from barking and whining for attention at night, you have to convince them that barking and whining will NOT bring you to them.If you comfort your dog even once, you give them reason to believe that barking sometimes gets them what they want.If you don’t have a legitimate reason for confining your dog at night in another room, X-pen or crate (i.e., your pup is not yet housebroken), allowing them to sleep in your bedroom or even in your bed is perfectly fine. .