Jump to content

puppy advice needed
barking in crate


  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 paula89

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:35 AM

Kody is our 16 week old Finnish Lapphund. Up until recently he was going excellently with crate training, would go in happily and quietly. But recently he has started barking a lot at dinner time. He is generally fine any other time of the day, but when we put him in at dinner (so he doesn't pester us while we eat) he does a loud, quite high pitched bark.

He has his dinner in the crate with him, he pauses from barking every niw and then to have a few mouthfuls. I've tried cutting back from 3 meals a day to 2 so he is a bit hungrier but it hasn't really made a difference. He's not very food oriented. I've also tried putting his favourite toy in there with him (when I put him in there, I've made sure not to give it to him once he has started barking and reinforce the behaviour) which distracted him for a little while but not long enough. If we ignore him he will stop eventually (long after we've finished dinner) and we usually have headaches from all the noise by the time he stops.

I asked my sister (a vet) what to do and her advice was to get him in trouble every single time he barks by growling "aargh" or similar. which we tried. But every time i do it he barks more, right at me and then makes this groaning moaning noise. It's a bit hard to explain.

He is.such a gorgeous boy, generally very quiet and easy going. He has been very easy so far, which is good because we're first time dog owners and dont really know what we're doing but this has got us stumped. Any suggestions or advice?

#2 mks81

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:50 AM

He thinks he is missing out.

I would go the method of reward instead of removing him form the dinner scene. And this training needs to start away from dinner time.

I would start by getting him to accept one or two commands and knowing that he is going to be rewarded for doing the right thing. So to know his name by coming and to sit and stay. He has been pretty smart that he has caught on that he is missing out on meal time with you guys and barking to let you know that. So this shouldn't be too hard as long as your patient.

Once he knows these commands I would have him sit at a meal time, (these first few meals aren't going to be about you enjoying your meal in peace as this is going to be more about training him) or even not a proper meal time but a 'pretend one' at different times of the day.

Everytime he 'stays', is 'quiet' for an extended period, etc you need to reward him. As he will have already started to be rewarded for those initial commands away from the dinner scene, he will get it pretty quickly. Do not punish him for barking as he is so young and its counter productive. Just big on the rewards for doing the right thing.

I would also be making sure he is crated for short periods at this young age and the times he is crated varies. So he doesn't automatically think as soon as he goes in that he is missing out on meal times. I wouldn't be crating him at all at meal times but rather do this training that he knows he can sit quietly beside you and be rewarded for it. Again he is very young so don't expect him to get it straight away or do too much too soon.

We have all our gang, (6 dogs atm while parent's dogs are staying with us) and all can be expected to sit beside us and while some do drool and implore with big eyes, it can be done as long as your patient.


Just wanted to add I love this breed...utterly gorgeous!

Edited by mks81, 18 April 2012 - 09:51 AM.


#3 paula89

Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:15 PM

Sorry for the delay in reply, I did read your post mks81 but things have been a bit full on! I think you're right that he does feel left out. We have been letting him stay out of the crate and working on his sit and stay for mealtimes. It's going quite well at the dining table, he seems to have worked out what is expected of him and will behave himself most of the time.

Occasionally we eat dinner on the coffee table in front of the tv, but unfortunately the food right in front of his nose is a bit too tempting and the sit and stay goes out of the window. So we won't be having any coffee table dinners for a while, we'll just concentrate on getting a really solid stay at the dining table and work up to the coffee table.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Ambulance service under fire: baby seats to go, response times 'worse than ever'

The NSW Ambulance Service is removing child-safety seats from ambulances, while the Victorian service is facing criticism over lengthy response times following the death of a three-year-old.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Is e-reading to your toddler story time or just screen time?

When reading increasingly means swiping pages on a device, and we're advised to read to their children early and often, should parents be turning to e-readers for storytime?

Community mourns inspiring young dad

A young dad who fought a five-year battle with cancer has been remembered for his inspiring legacy at a funeral service attended by hundreds of family and friends this week.

Meningococcal kills Queensland toddler

Public health authorities say the death of a toddler in north Queensland from meningococcal disease highlights the danger the illness poses.

Nicole Kidman: 'I hope every month that I'm pregnant'

Nicole Kidman is hoping to add to her family, but says she's doubtful it will happen.

Recall: Aldi Wooden London Bus play set

Aldi has announced a recall of their popular Wooden London Bus play set.

Great gift ideas for first birthdays

From soft toys to balance bikes, here are some great ideas for first birthday gifts.

Mum learnt she was pregnant hours before giving birth

Kim Walsh arrived at the doctor with abdominal cramps. Hours later, she was cradling the baby experts told her she could never have.

How cancer has made me a better, happier person

I'm a far better person post-cancer than I ever was before. The goal now is to stay around long enough to find out who I can become, and what I can achieve.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

Warnings over child pain relief doses

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has warned parents and carers over a "confusing" pain relief dosage system.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.