Puppy Will Not Stop Barking In Crate: What Am I Supposed To Do Now?

My puppy has started barking!

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> Is your puppy keeping you awake at night by barking?
> Do you want to know how to stop your puppy from barking?
> Do you have trouble sleeping because your puppy keeps you awake?
> Or something similar to that?

Puppies are adorable.

But…

When the barking begins, it can raise some concerns…

– Was this a wise decision?

– How did we get ourselves into this mess?

– Will my pup ever stop barking? I don’t think I’ll be able to handle this!

– How can I get my puppy to stop barking?

My wife and I recently adopted a new puppy, which we have named Violet.

Even though puppies barking and playing at the breeder’s house can be cute, many people do not want to take them home with them. We don’t know either. We’re not immune to barking, even though Violet is the quietest of the litter. Even so, there’s always the possibility that the pup will be quiet.

We were living in an apartment complex at the time, and because she was the quiet one, we thought to ourselves, “This is ideal! We’ll have peace and quiet because she won’t bother the neighbors! ”

Then something happened.

Violet was loaded into her crate and we were ready to leave the Cornerstone Retrievers’ home base. Violet started her shrill puppy whine after about a minute had passed.

Our ears were ringing after about 5 minutes, which wasn’t a big deal at first. Doubt started to creep into my mind. My wife, Abigail, caught my gaze. I could tell she was debating whether or not this was a good idea.

Even though I knew what I knew, doubt tried to creep in. The good news is that I’ve been through this before and know exactly how to deal with it.

I pushed my doubts aside and got to work on the solution!

The solution is straightforward, but it may not be what you expect.

Violet finally fell silent after about 15 minutes in the car.

We put her home and set up a puppy playpen, as well as Violet’s dog crate, in my office for the next couple of weeks.

Violet started whining and barking excessively when we first put her in the playpen. Our first reaction was to either pick Violet up or tell her, “NO!” We, on the other hand, did not do so.

Instead,

Violet was completely ignored by us. We didn’t even acknowledge her. She continued to bark for about fifteen minutes before becoming quiet.

Success!

She remained composed throughout the meal. We started doing the dishes after dinner. We continued to ignore her as she started to bark and whine again. She became quiet again after another 10–12 minutes.

We took her outside and let her potty when she became quiet. We had a great time playing with her for a few minutes after she left. We went back inside and put her back in her playpen. She only barked for about 8–10 minutes this time.

I’m sure you’re starting to see the pattern by now. Violet’s barking becomes less and less as we ignore it.

Why?

You can better train your dog if you understand dog behavior. This decision is based on the principle of extinction in learning theory. Simply put, certain events or things can cause your pup to react (like barking or whining). Violet was adamant about not being put up in the crate and playpen. As a result, she whined in the hopes of being let out.

What happens next is crucial…

We completely ignored her, and as a result, she received neither a reward nor a punishment for her whining. (After that, her barking faded away over time, eventually becoming extinct.)

It’s difficult to crate train a puppy at night for the first couple of nights. We didn’t get as much sleep because our puppy barked off and on all night. It’s unavoidable for a puppy to cry during crate training.

We were irritable and tired. Are you able to relate? “How do I stop the puppy barking in the crate?” you might wonder in this situation.

The good news is that she has stopped barking in her crate all night after a couple of nights. She started to sleep more soundly. We started to sleep more soundly. This gave me a huge sigh of relief! You, too, can get through this.

Our puppy stopped barking in her crate after about two weeks of crate training.

I understand your desire for a quiet and peaceful puppy because I, too, desire a quiet dog. Your friends and family (and neighbors) can love your dog just as much as you do if he or she is fun to be around.

Here’s a simple plan to follow to stop your puppy from barking and whining.

1. Establish a regular routine and schedule for your dog that works for both of you.

– Feed and water your pup at the same time every day if possible.
– Every night, try to put the puppy to bed at the same time.
– Keep water intake to a minimum so it can sleep through the night. (After 8 p.m., we don’t give Violet any water.)

2. Don’t acknowledge your pup when he barks. When your puppy is quiet, reward him with a treat.

– If your pup is in the playpen and can see you, go ahead and do whatever you want. However, until your pup stops barking, act as if it doesn’t exist.
– When the pup becomes quiet, wait a few moments before acknowledging and rewarding it for its good behavior. Rewarding your dog for being quiet will pay off in the long run.
– Invest in a good pair of earplugs;) That isn’t a joke, either.

3. A quiet pup is a sleepy pup.

– Keep your pup active as much as possible, especially before bed.
– Place your puppy in the playpen for a few minutes before putting it in the crate.
– When your pup is so sleepy that it can’t keep its eyes open, put him in his crate. (It will be able to sleep through the night as a result of this.)

Last but not least, I’d like to issue a word of caution…

It will be tempting to give in to your dog’s whining, but do not do so. Maintain your dedication to the process.
– If you give it some time, you’ll be surprised at how quickly it works.
– it a try… Because, believe me, when they’re whining like crazy, it’ll be very tempting!
– If you stick it out, your puppy will be a pleasure to have around the house.

Every puppy is unique. Some people will notice it right away, while others will take longer.

If you don’t stick to this plan, your dog will continue to teach you to do what it wants by barking and whining. You’ll have a dog that wakes you up at all hours of the night and bothers your neighbor.

You can have a peaceful dog in your home. You can have your puppy happy in the crate without barking and crying at all hours of the night in about 2 weeks (and one day). You’ll be glad you stuck it out when you get there. Your family, friends, and neighbors will be glad as well.