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Question by Sonny
Submitted on 10/27/2003
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I just got a 3 moth old male lab and have a crate for him which he hates. He barks for at least 30 minutes (sometimes longer) whenever I put him in it. How can I get him to stop the excessive barking.

Answer by Jamie
Submitted on 11/13/2003
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1. Put some stones in an empty soda can and when he barks shake it loudly. Continue until he stops.
2. If he is an indoor dog, place his crate next to your bed at night so he feels more secure, this is what I do with my dogs and they sleep like babies!
3. give him a chew toy or bone to keep him busy in his crate until he goes to sleep.

Barking (when not at something they want to warn you about) is usually a sign of loneliness or boredom!


Answer by Eric
Submitted on 2/13/2004
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Your dog is simply barking cause he feels insecure, there's something about that crate that needs to be change, if you do that your dog will feel more secure. I suggest you try one of these large pillows.


Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 2/17/2004
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If the dog is rewarded (talked to, petted, fed, etc) for whining in a cage they will continue. Just leave it alone if it is complaining and it will learn that if it waits quietly it will get rewarded by being let out,etc. Make sure it can lay down, eat, drink, etc easily and it will be fine. I often think of dogs as acting like children. When we were teaching my baby sister to go to sleep quietly in her crib she would cry for 30-45 minutes sometimes but today if you want her to take a nap you lay her in her crib and she will obediently lay down and go to sleep without a whimper. This takes time and I'll warn you,you may feel a little guilty as they scream in "agony" and lonlyness. But they learn soon enough, they will be more secure, you will get a good nights sleep, and it makes it ALOT easier for you both in the future!!! Good luck! And don't give up, Hang in there to the end no matter how stressful it gets!! You will be SOOOOO grateful later!!!


Answer by Rainey
Submitted on 5/16/2004
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Whatever you do, don't give in and let the dog out as he will then think that when he barks,you will let him out. Let him bark himself out. In the beginning, we used to use a little clock that ticked loud enough for him to hear as it seemed to comfort him. I guess it reminded him of laying next to his mother and hearing her heartbeat. Also, we used to put a large sheet over his cage like they do for birds, to let him know it is time for bed. As long as he could not see us, he did not bark. Also, during the day if I am at work, he is kenneled as he can still not be trusted yet, we leave the TV on for him. This also quiets my guinea pig too.


Answer by Ginger
Submitted on 6/23/2004
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Try putting a towel or some other item that has your scent on it that you don't want anymore in with your pup. I did this with my pup and it helped her feel more secure.


Answer by Michelle
Submitted on 6/26/2006
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I had a similar problem. We adopted a four month old black lab two weeks ago and according to the previous owner, he loved his crate. When we tried to put him in it however he would bark and yelp for 20 to 30 minutes which was pretty disturbing at night and worried me while I was at work. This weekend, I decided to change his environment and instead of keeping the crate in my sons room I found a spot in the dining room for it where it is up against a wall and open so that he can see the house. He got in tit within five minutes of me moving it and took a nap. I think he just felt isolated with it being in the bedroom.


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