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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Separation anxiety/crate training

Any suggestions for dealing with separation anxiety coupled with excessive barking in the crate? I have a 12 week old german shepherd who is fine in the crate when someone is in the room but the second my bf or I leave, he goes out of his head. We always make sure to take him out prior to crating him so I know it’s not to go to the bathroom. And we never leave him cooped up for a long time. I just don’t want to get complaints from my neighbors (I live in an apt) if I just let him whine/bark it out. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 12:35 PM
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Cover the crate with a dark blanket and don't give in.
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 12:37 PM
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If you go back to the crate when he cries and give any attention you are reinforcing the behavior. Ignore the noise, only give attention when he is quiet. Best to do crate these lessons during work hours so not to disturb the neighbors.

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Tried the blanket thing as well as not giving in when he’s barking. Which is why I’m worried about the neighbors complaining because it takes him upwards of 30+ mins to calm down enough for me to praise him for being quiet for a minute. And if I don’t immediately acknowledge him being quiet, he’ll start the barking back up again for another 30 mins or more. I was just wondering if anyone else went through this because I read a lot about the breed before hand and most articles said they are whiners but not big on barking... I don’t think mine got the memo lol.
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That is why I suggested that you do these trainings when people are at work, not trying to sleep or enjoy the weekend. You can do this. They are very intelligent pups. But barking has gotten him attention and let out so now thats what he does.

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Sadly my neighbors are retired and home most of the day 😕
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Maybe you could take your cute puppy and go over and say hello to the neighbors. Exxplain to them that you are training your puppy not to bark in his crate right now, it is a temporary situation.
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I had the same concerns. I apologized to my neighbors before hand, also they all love him once they met him. Best advice I can give is to just leave. This is what I did and he doesn’t make a sound when in his crate whether the other dogs are home with him or if he is home alone.
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 12:10 AM
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Crate games.
Tire the puppy out beforehand with unleashed walks.
Ignore until hes quiet. Sit in another room until hes quiet, the net him out.

Its not separation anxiety. Just a puppy who needs to learn that's not how to be in a crate.

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This is what has worked well for me, is kind to the puppy and human ears, and does not encourage practicing bad behaviors:
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