Okay, I have been here several times with problems, and I really hope you guys will have some more great advice for me, because this is driving me absolutely nuts!
Dagger is just over 1 year old now. About the time she reached the "teenage" years (the last couple of months, or so) she has started doing this new--and really irritating!--behavior. When anyone comes into the bedroom where her crate is (and she's in it, door closed) she's fine. But when we try to leave, she barks! Now, this wouldn't be such a big deal if me and the boyfriend hadn't both been fighting colds for a while, so the noise really makes the sinus headaches pound. Usually, we just ignore her and keep walking, or give her a stern "No!" but it hasn't really made her learn that the behavior is unwanted.
And if my other dog happens to come into the bedroom, she goes ballistic! Lunges against the door of her crate and starts barking nonstop. She barks and attacks the crate door when she hears me let Lucy out of her crate no matter what, and it's to the point that the crate door is bent bad enough that she's given it a hard push on occasion and it's slipped open.
This is also frustrating when I have friends or family over. If anyone walks into the bedroom and then moves to walk back out, she barks and scares the living crap out of them! And if I have Lucy out of her crate but not Dagger, and Dagger can hear us playing with her, she barks incessantly until I'm to the point that I'm yelling at her to be quiet because I'm usually also carrying on a conversation with boyfriend or someone else.
Have I taught her the bad behavior by saying "no" when I leave the room or by yelling when she's drowning out all the other noise in the house? How can I get her to stop? I am so frustrated that I've considered buying a shock collar and using that every time she barks, but I read somewhere you shouldn't punish the dog when it's locked up in the crate, and I really don't want to, but I just have absolutely NO idea how to handle this situation. I feel like she's just being a spoiled brat, and she's a great dog outside of her crate, but she so badly wants her way when she's locked up that she causes the rest of the house eardrum pain! Has anybody dealt with something similar? What can I do to get her to understand that this is bad behavior? How can I make her STOP BARKING?