Are you infamous on your road for the unmistakable sound of barking and whining that your dog emits consistently through out the day? Do you try and sit down to enjoy your episode of Judge Judy, only for him to feel the need to bark at everyone that walks past the house? He may also whine whenever he wants food, to go outside, or even just some attention. It may have been cute and endearing to start with, but now it’s nothing short of irritating and it’s also giving you a bad reputation among your neighbors.
It probably makes having friends and family over a challenge too. Nobody wants to enter a house where they are barked at for the first 10 minutes. But dogs are often misunderstood and their barking is usually a defensive or protective sign and the whining is often a case of attention seeking behavior. Tackling barking and whining will bring you some much-deserved peace and quiet!
Getting a handle on barking and whining involves first addressing the underlying cause. That may mean making some changes to your dog's environment and changing your behavior around him too. It will also require obedience commands, enabling you to instruct him to be quiet. Consistency and patience will be key if you want to overcome this rather noisy hurdle.
Due to the multitude of reasons behind barking and whining, fully rectifying the behavior may take several weeks. It will be quicker to tackle the problem in puppies who are more receptive than their elder counterparts, who have had years to cement their bad habits. But while it may be challenging, it is important to manage if you want a peaceful home and a comfortable environment for friends and family to visit.
Before you get to work, you will need to get together a number of things. First, you will need food or treats to incentivize and reward him. You will also need a quiet environment, free from distractions.
If it is your puppy whining, you will need a secure crate to house him in to begin with. You may also want a radio or TV that you can use to help distract the dog from passersby.
An optimistic, proactive attitude will also be required for fast, effective results. Once you have gathered all the necessities, you can get going on the task at hand.
None of these tips seem relevant to our problem. We are trying to crate train him and he whines and barks the whole time he is in the crate. We work him with walks and ball/frisbee fetching which sometimes works but not all the time. It is also really bad in the am after we let him out to go to the bathroom.
Hello Larry, It is normal to hear a lot of protesting when you first begin crate training. There are a few things that you can do. First, place his breakfast into a bowl and cover it with water and let it sit out until it turns into mush. When it is very mushy then mix some peanut butter or treat paste into it, and then loosely stuff the mush into a large Kong and freeze the entire thing. You can also stuff several Kongs at once for the week. When you place your puppy into the crate, then put one of these Kongs in there with him. Make sure that it is not stuffed too tightly though or your pup will not be able to get the food out. Stuffing the Kong this way should give your puppy something to do, reward him for being quiet while he chews, and because the Kong is frozen, entertain him for a while. When your puppy is being quiet in the crate, then go over to him and calmly drop a few treats inside and then leave again. If he is barking, then ignore him, and especially do not let him out until he is quiet for at least a second or two. It typically takes puppies time to get used to the crate and a fair amount of barking and whining is normal. It is important to provide him with something to do in the crate, to reward quiet behavior, to give him short opportunities to practice during the day when you can reward his quiet behavior with treats and freedom, and to ignore the barking and whining so that he does not learn to be more persistent because he thinks you will eventually let him out if he keeps it up. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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