Puppy Will Not Stop Barking In Crate
How To Get Your Dog To Stop Barking In Their Crate: The Right Way
So, your dog has been successfully crate trained. Your furry friend has been content to sleep quietly in his crate, snuggled in his bed, until now. Then, all of a sudden, your dog begins to bark whenever he is confined to his crate!
But why is that? What has changed, and why has your dog’s previously flawless behavior suddenly shifted?
By reading this guide, you will learn how to properly stop your dog from barking in his crate.
Why does my dog bark in his crate?
There are a variety of reasons why a previously well-behaved dog who has received proper crate training begins to bark in his crate, pen, or kennel. Is that, however, bad behavior or a symptom of a stress-related condition like separation anxiety?
Before you can solve the problem, you must first figure out what causes the barking and what kind of bark your dog emits.
Yes, you read that correctly. Your dog has a variety of barks that all mean something different. Those barks are frequently accompanied by specific behaviors that reflect your dog’s emotional state. The following are some of the most common barks you’ll hear in a home environment:
‘Barking in Fear
Your dog will give a series of high-pitched barks if he is afraid.
Your dog will also most likely bounce up and down in a backward motion, moving away from whatever has startled or frightened him. As he jumps back, your dog’s front feet will most likely be out in front of him. In most cases, the dog’s hackles will be raised to create the impression that your fluffy furry friend is a much larger, tougher character than he is in real life.
If your dog detects something you should be aware of, such as an intruder in your backyard, he will bark an alarm.
The classic alarm bark consists of two to four rapid barks in quick succession, separated by a pause. Although the bark sounds similar to a frightened bark, it is usually a few octaves lower and continuous.
When the dog realizes there’s no reason to be alarmed, he’ll usually stop barking.
Most dogs will bark to greet their pet parents after being left alone for a long period of time.
A couple of barks at a higher pitch than your mutt’s regular bark is the traditional greeting bark. When the dog’s owner or another familiar face, such as the dog walker, arrives, the dog usually gives a greeting bark. The dog usually settles down after the greeting has been given.
Why Does Your Dog Bark in His Crate?
If you did crate training right, there are several reasons why your dog might start barking in his crate:
Toilet requirements are a must!
If your dog is potty trained, he’ll probably start barking if he’s locked in his crate and realizes he needs to go!
Dogs have evolved to live in packs or groups with a well-defined hierarchy. Pet dogs consider their human owners and family members to be members of their pack. So, if you leave your dog alone, he’ll think he’s lost his security blanket and may start barking to get your attention and call his pack back to him.
If a dog is locked in his crate with nothing to do, he might start barking. Providing your dog with a toy or chewable treat can sometimes be all he needs to keep him occupied while he’s in his crate.
Anxiety about being separated
Some breeds, like Goldendoodles, are prone to a serious condition called separation anxiety, which can be a problem when crate time is extended.
Stress is what causes separation anxiety, and it shows up in a number of ways, such as:
- Crying or whimpering, especially in puppies
- Chewing and digging are examples of destructive behavior.
Separation anxiety has no obvious cause. Dogs from puppy farms, rescues, and shelters, on the other hand, appear to be more prone to the disease. Separation anxiety in those dogs could be triggered by the stress of a major change in their environment and circumstances.
Thirst and Hunger
If your dog is hungry, he may begin barking in the hopes of being fed. Dogs, too, require clean water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, if your dog is thirsty, he may bark to let you know!
How Do I Get My Dog To Stop Barking In His Crate?
A dog that barks in his crate can drive you insane, especially if you work from home or if the barking occurs mostly at night when you’re sleeping.
In this section of our guide, we’ll look at how to stop your canine companion from disturbing the peace and waking up the neighbors.
1. Never, ever yell at your dog!
First and foremost, if your dog begins to bark in his crate, NEVER yell at him!
When you yell at your dog, you’re effectively rewarding his excessive barking behavior by giving him the attention he craves. Also, just by barking, you may be giving your dog more reason to think that something scary or worrying is out there!
2. Be Sure Your Dog Gets Enough Exercise
To stay happy, dogs require a lot of physical and mental activity. Your dog should get enough exercise on a daily basis that is appropriate for his breed, age, and health.
Before crate training, you should take your dog for a long walk, a trip to the dog park, or perhaps an interactive game of fetch or tug-of-war in your backyard with your pet.
When you leave your dog alone, a few minutes of extra exercise may be all that is required to help him settle and stop barking in his crate.
3. Place your crate carefully.
If your dog is prone to barking at strangers and other dogs, don’t place the cage where your dog can see the street. You may also find that putting the crate in a quieter area helps to settle a fidgety dog.
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, placing the crate somewhere where he can see people and other pets may help him feel less alone.
4. There Will Be No Barking Treats!
Treats should never be used to reward barking behavior! If you try to calm your dog down by giving him a tasty treat, he will bark even louder in order to get more “rewards!”
5. Make the crate a relaxing place.
Your dog’s crate should be a safe and secure place where your pet enjoys spending time. That’s one of the fundamentals of crate training that all new owners should be aware of!
As a result, furnish the crate with a warm, comfortable blanket or bed where he can curl up and sleep. Your dog will have plenty of ventilation in a wire crate, but he will also be able to see all around him. In that case, you may find that placing the crate with a crate cover creates a cozy, private den-like space that your dog will enjoy.
6. Utilize Reward And Treats
Treats are a classic crate training method that can also be used to stop your dog from barking.
Hide a few tasty treats in your dog’s crate when he’s outside. Put a few of your dog’s favorite treats beneath his blanket, inside a chew toy, and around the crate’s entrance. This will encourage the dog to enter the crate on his own to search for the treats.
7. At mealtimes, crates
Feeding a barker in his crate is a great way to keep him occupied.
Allow your dog to sit quietly in his crate for a few minutes before rewarding him with food for his good behavior. Remember to let your dog out for a potty break as soon as he’s finished eating so he doesn’t start barking again, this time to let you know he needs to go!
8. Don’t keep your dog in a crate for too long.
If a dog is left alone in a crate for an extended period of time, it will develop the habit of barking. As a result, don’t crate your dog for more than six to eight hours; any longer is excessive.
9. Crate Training Alternatives
Some dogs simply cannot stand being crated while their owners are away, becoming agitated and vocal, or even destructive. If your dog falls into this category, you’ll need to plan ahead for times when you won’t be able to keep your dog company.
Keeping your dog crated has a number of practical alternatives, including:
- Hiring a dog-sitting service
- Use of a doggy daycare facility
- Hiring a dog walking service
- Ask a friend to pet-sit for you.
- If your company allows pets in the workplace, bring your dog to work.
Even though most of these options are pricey, they can all solve the problem of a dog that barks nonstop in his crate.
10. Bedtime Ritual
Many dog owners prefer to crate their dogs at night to stop them from wandering around the house or jumping on the owner’s bed and disturbing them. However, placing the dog’s crate away from you may result in excessive barking.
Try putting your dog in his crate in your bedroom. If your dog is aware that you are nearby, he is less likely to start barking. This could result in fewer barks and more restless nights.
11. Think about your schedule.
Dogs are creatures who benefit from and thrive on routine. So, consider your own daily routine, work, and homelife requirements, and devise a plan to keep your dog from barking in his crate.
12. Take into account your dog’s barking habits.
Take your dog’s schedule into consideration as well. Take into account your dog’s potty training stage, age, and the best mealtimes for your pet, among other things. You’ll be able to pinpoint the best times for crate training and barking avoidance this way.
13. When your dog is hungry, don’t crate him.
Feeding your dog no more than 90 minutes before putting him in his crate is ideal. Your dog is more likely to start barking if he is hungry.
14. It’s Potty Time!
If your dog needs to go potty, he’ll fidget and start barking. So, before you crate your dog and leave him home alone, remember to take him outside for a potty break. Also, before you put your dog in his crate at night, remember to take him outside for a potty break.
Also, if you leave your dog home alone during the day while you go to work, make sure he has a chance to relieve himself right after eating in the morning. You should exercise your dog and then give him his breakfast right before you leave.
15. Provide your dog with toys.
If your dog becomes bored or frustrated in his crate, he will most likely begin to bark. Providing your pet with a variety of toys is the best way to keep him occupied. Chew toys are a good option because they can help with destructive behavior prevention.
Fill a Kong-style toy with dog-safe peanut butter or moistened kibble, freeze the toy and its contents, and give your furry friend the tasty treat when he needs to go into the crate.
16. Do not use the crate as a form of punishment.
As we mentioned earlier in this guide, your dog’s bed should be a safe, comfortable place for him to relax and enjoy some alone time. The last thing you want to do is punish your dog by putting him in his crate for some bad behavior.
If you do that, your dog will be hesitant, if not afraid, to enter his crate, and you risk damaging the bond you’ve built with him.
17. Don’t React to Barking
If your dog begins to bark, don’t rush over to him until the barking stops. Although it may be tempting to go find your dog to see what is causing the barking, any kind of attention will only encourage the dog to bark more.
Don’t pet or fuss with your dog every time he starts barking, or you risk training him to bark whenever he wants attention.
18. Take a deep breath and relax.
Although it may be tempting to call out to your dog from a different room, this is almost as ineffective as direct contact with your pet. This may encourage your dog to bark even louder.
19. The Sound of Music
When you provide your pet with a soundtrack to distract them while you’re out of the room, some dogs respond well to the sound of relaxing music, and many even stop barking completely in their crate.
In fact, many veterinary clinics and grooming salons provide music for their canine clients to enjoy while they wait. A little calming music can also help to distract a stressed owner from a dog that is barking nonstop at home.
20. “White Noise”
If your dog barks at sounds they hear on the street or from nearby houses, providing some white noise in the background can effectively drown out those barking triggers.
White noise, such as that produced by a fan or humidifier, can be a great way to drown out the sounds that cause your dog to bark. Furthermore, unlike playing music, white noise will not disturb your neighbors.
21. Think About Using Pheromones
Dog appeasing pheromones, or DAP, are a natural way to calm a dog who is barking excessively. These items are available as a plug-in diffuser or a spray for use on your dog’s bedding.
DAP works by reducing separation anxiety and calming nervous dogs. Pheromones are natural chemicals produced by a dog’s body, particularly during lactation when a mother dog is feeding her puppies. The pheromones help to calm nervous puppies while also making feeding time less stressful for mom.
Researchers were able to isolate natural DAP and create a synthetic formula that dog owners can use to calm and relax their dogs. Young puppies and older dogs alike respond well to that familiar material pheromone. When my senior dog was diagnosed with canine dementia, she had trouble sleeping at night, frequently waking up and crying. I placed a plug-in DAP next to her crate, and it worked wonders in getting us both a better night’s sleep!
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If your dog barks when he or she is crated, you must determine why the barking has become an issue and take steps to prevent it. Make sure your dog is well-rested, has had a chance to relieve himself, isn’t hungry or thirsty, and that his crate is warm and inviting.
Does your dog bark in his crate? Try out our suggestions and let us know if your dog stops barking!