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How do you get the dog to stop barking in her kennel?

At night when we put the dog to bed she barks a few times, wakes up later and starts barking again. How do we train her not to bark at 3am?


Asked by anna_ny at 1:43 AM on Jun. 29, 2009 in Pets

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  • "Let her out. "

    Bad advice. FOLLOW THROUGH. If that is her sleeping place, then so be it. Dogs bark. It is natural. Is her kennel comfortable? Maybe a blanket with your scent and a chew toy.
    Dogs have no way of knowing how long their family will be gone. All they know is they don't see you.
    Dogs barking is their form of communication. DO NOT punish her for this. Make sure you are positive, and consistent. Dogs do better with routine. Also, do not use her kennel for punishment. Do not put her there when you are angry. Make her "den" a positive place. Put her favorite toy in there during the day. She needs to associate happiness and comfort with her kennel.

    When you get up in the morning, make sure she is not barking when you let her out. She needs to be calm. When you do get her out, love on her and tell her what a good girl she's been.
    This is will be resolved over night, so just have patience :-)

    Answer by babycakes254 at 1:02 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Have you tried putting a blanket over the kennel and putting comfort type things in the kennel that smell like you or anybody else in your family? She may be scared or lonely.

    Answer by ICPclwnLOV at 1:45 AM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • water spritzer

    Answer by 2mothershelpers at 1:51 AM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Is this a dog which could not care less about you or any of your family - a dog with no affection for you?
    Or have you established an affectionate bond with her? Does she feel that you are "her pack"? Well, dogs are pack animals so if they are isolated from their pack, they are in emotional pain. Just like for children under the age of 4, this pain of separation is very real, the emotions cause actual physical discomfort. And being animals, they have no ability to console themselves that they'll get the chance to be with their pack after sunset, or next morning, or whenever it is that you do relate to your dog. All she can do is break her heart that she has been pushed away from the ones she NEEDS.

    You can try all sorts of tricks, and eventually something may work. But it won't be because the tricks worked, it will be because she learned that she must not rely on you, that you are not there for her; and her affection dies

    Answer by waldorfmom at 1:57 AM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • The Monks of New Skete have a dog training center for professional / career dogs. They are VERY good trainers. They have an excellent book explaining how a dog's needs work, and what you can truthfully demand of a dog, with step by step plans for training and for solving behavior problems:

    How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend" the Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners

    It is very likely in your library, and definitely on sale at Amazon, etc.
    (This book is where the statements in my previous reply come from.)

    Best wishes !

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:02 AM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Let her out.

    Answer by Chrissy629 at 9:22 AM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • I really like babycakes' advice. ... ( are you talking about a dog crate which is indoors with the family, or a kennel which is outside? )

    Sounds like babycakes has a great bead on the situation !

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:31 PM on Jun. 29, 2009