Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Training for a 10 month old problem barker
We have two pups, a 20 week long coated GSD and a new 10 month old sheltie we just rescued. While he's as stubborn as they come and hunger struck for 5 days with his new raw food, our biggest issue by far is his barking. He's our third sheltie so we're well aware that they're a barking breed but we've never had one protest this much to crate training. Our GSD Milou used to whine and bark when we were first crating her but he turns every crating attempt into a 30 minute long continuous, high pitched bark protest. He makes Milou look like a perfectly well behaved girl, and while she is becoming well trained, she's still a 20 week old puppy!
He's getting tons of exercise (the two of them playing can wear each other into exhaustion), his crate is in the bedroom, it's covered with a light cotton sheet, he has been given various toys that squeak or are stuffed with frozen peanut butter etc and he doesn't have to potty. I keep telling the family to stay strong and not respond to his barking but I'm afraid it's only a matter of time before the neighbors get fed up. Someone is almost always home during the day so he's not alone but the puppy trainer we used for Milou said they should be crated 18 hours a day in the beginning.
We're also restricting the amount of time the pups have together to two half hour periods since he has bad habits that he's teaching Milou (jumping on people, counter surfing etc) and they have a tendency to not listen when they're together.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to better control his barking?
Pippin, Shetland Sheepdog (1997 - 2011) - RIP sweet boy
Haji Baba, Tabby Cat (1996 - 2012) - RIP my heart
Button, Black Long Coat Cat (~June 5th, 2006)
Milou Van Der Maas, Long Coat GSD (March 23, 2011)
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