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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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7 Month Old Puppy won't stop barking at night, Help Please!

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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!!
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try letting him sleep in the house. maybe a crate in your room. my dogs sleep in the bed with me at night and never barked.
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I second the crate in the bedroom.
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I must agree with everyone else. Crate in the bedroom has worked very well for me. Plus I want my Shep to be my eyes and ears when I'm sleeping. The downside is the midnight gas that can raise the dead.
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Crates nearby people tend to work well. They also make bark boxes that emit a high frequency sound when the dog barks, however those don't always work the best since some dogs learn how to make noises that don't trigger the sound or just don't care about it and bark anyway.

You're best bet is to just completely ignore him in the crate though, and maybe put a blanket over it. If he learns that you'll come back even if it's just to quiet him down that'll keep his barking up. It may take awhile and he'll be annoying until then but you just have to persevere. Only bring him out of the crate if he is quiet.

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Is he crated in the house, or out in the yard?
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Midnight Gas (lol) too funny . Thanks for that one. Puppy gas and senior dog breath almost deadlier than
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Bark Collar is usually recommended when the dog barks and there is no owner present?? If the dog is "barking" while you are there??? That's a bit different ... what's the deal???
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It was a mistake to ever put the puppy outside. Agree that, at this point, it may be best to crate him in your room. My two are crated downstairs and remain quiet all night. I like them to be able to settle down, without me.

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