Is Your Puppy Barking in his Crate? Try These Suggestions
Many an exhausted "pet parent" has experienced a young
puppy barking in his crate. This isn't an uncommon experience -
your sweet little puppy is in new surroundings, with new people,
and may not be accustomed to being alone.
"Puppy barking in crate"
is often quoted as one reason why a new pet owner
is so darned tired!
takes time. Your squiggly, wiggly, bundle of baby canine energy
needs to be learn what you expect of him. Here a few tips and
suggestions to help you conquer the barking:
- First of all, make sure puppy isn't causing a ruckus
because he needs to go out for a potty break. Puppies have
small bladders and need to go out often, sometimes as often
as every 2-3 hours.
- Place a clock on top of the crate. The ticking sound
may remind your puppy of a heartbeat and he'll feel less
Place a stuffed animal in the crate - but be careful,
since puppies like to chew and you wouldn't want him to
ingest anything inappropriate! Better yet, place a recently
worn clothing item in his crate... your smell may help to
comfort him so that he'll settle down and sleep.
- Move the crate into your bedroom. If puppy can
see and smell you, he just might fall fast asleep
(and let you do the same).
- Loosely cover the crate with a blanket (make sure
your pup can still get air!). This helps some puppies
feel "protected" so that they calm down and
- Exercise! Take puppy out into the backyard for some
playtime before bed. Try to tire him out! It may help
him sleep... if not through the entire night, then at
least a little longer so that you can snooze too.
- Take the opportunity to teach your pup the
"quiet" command. Don't try this if you're
feeling tired or cranky - training should be a
positive experience for both of you.
Your puppy's crate is supposed to be a safe place
for him, a quiet place he can go -- it should never be
used as punishment. Some people leave the crate out and
the door open so that their puppy can choose to go inside
if he wants some quiet time or a little nap.
Dogs learn when they are rewarded for their behavior.
Resist the temptation to coo, pet, or attempt to sooth
a noisily yapping puppy in his crate, as this can reinforce
the behavior. Take your time and work with your puppy...
and soon the "puppy barking in the crate" issue
will only be a (fondly-remembered?) memory.