7 Month Old Puppy won't stop barking at night, Help Please!
For the past month, we've been leaving our puppy out in the backyard at night without crating him and he's been awesome. Recently, he's been messing up the backyard at night (chewing on things, digging, etc.). So like everyone always recommends, crate him when he's not being supervised. He was always good in the crate. We have two crates, one wired one and another kennel one thats big enough to put his house in. Before, he didn't bark, whine, or anything. He would go in, lie down, and sleep.
Now that we're crating him because of his behavior, he is constantly barking at night only from 11pm-5am. I would ignore it for about an hour but see he keeps barking and whining. I have some mean neighbors so I know they're going to complain about him so I'm trying to figure out what I can do to help him. I can get him a bark collar but I'm trying to stay away from that. I've been training him to quiet but at night he'll be quiet for 30 mins then go back to barking.
Is there anything I can do to help fix this?! I know he's in the age of where he's being a butthead but I really don't know how to deal with this??
Last night, I moved him from his kennel to his crate inside and lied down with him for 30 mins until he fell asleep. As soon as I got up, he starting barking... I'm assuming separation anxiety but not sure??
Should I just let him keep barking at night and ignore him so I don't reinforce this bad habit or is there anything else I can do???
Thanks in advance everyone!!