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Old 09-30-2009, 10:55 PM
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Crate and whining?

We have had a crate for about a month. My dog, Abby, sleeps in a crate and is an angel at night, no whining, doesn't even make a peep in the morning when we get up, just wags her tail. She also goes in her crate on her own at times to lay on her pillow. I don't think exercise is the problem she is getting 2 long walks a day.
When we are getting ready to leave and I put her in the crate she starts whining and is even starting to bark. After we come back I can open the sliding door w/o her hearing and she is quiet, however as soon as she hears us she whines. I don't let her out when she is whining/barking. If I look at her and wait in front of her kennel she stops whining and will sit then I let her out. I think her whining is getting worse. She used to be good if I put her in the kennel if we were in the house but she could see us (had food on the counter, just put her in so I didn't have to supervise her then, ect.,), now sometimes she whines. I think she is whining more. Do I need to wait a certain amount of time for her to stop whining before I let her out? Can I tell her no if she barks in her kennel or do I just ignore it?
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I would just ignore it. However, something is not happening right if she used to not whine and is whining now. Does she go in her crate during the day and at night? maybe she is feeling a bit lonely...can she sleep with you at night or be trusted out of her crate? My dogs whine when we come home strictly because they are excited to see us, we wait until they sit and calm down then let them out.

Also how old is she? How long have you had her? Is she a rescue?
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I don't have anything to add to what Pawz suggested Welcome to the forum!
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The behavior will get worse before it gets better. I'd just ignore it.

sounds like shes just excited...if you haven't had her long perhaps shes finally becoming attached.



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me again, more info and ?s

She is 2 years old, we got her when she was 6 months old, from someone who didn't have time for her. She was an outside dog (for us) who came inside once in a while. We moved this summer and we now don't have an invisible fence so she is now an inside dog. She loves being inside because she loves being with us. I am a SAHM so I'm home most of the time. Maybe I put her in her kennel more now when I am home (a couple times a day for 10-20 minutes) but she will steal food the second you turn your back and walk away so sometimes I will put her in her crate if I need to go downstairs to get something. Sometimes I just take her with me, but sometimes she will sneak back upstairs so that is why I will put her in the kennel instead. So that is when she whines.
When we come back from somewhere she is very excited and will whine. Usually I will look at her and she will stop whining then I will let her out. I was wondering if I was letting her out to fast. Occasionally if she is in her kennel she will start whining I will wait till she is quiet (maybe a minute or 2) then let her out.
Just now I put her in her kennel so that I could put my daughter down for her nap (about 20 minutes ago). She started whining right away, I went downstairs after I got done and she is still whining. If I went back upstairs and she stops whining if I'm looking at her and she knows she will get let out is that rewarding the whining by letting her out after 1 minute of quiet or is that rewarding the quiet????????
I try not to kennel her too much but sometimes it is nesseccary. When she was outside after we moved she was tied up and would bark constantly w/o a bark collar and sometimes with it. I just don't want her to start barking and continuing to whine in the house.
Now after her being in the kennel and me ignoring (being in a different room where she can't see me) her for 40 minutes, she is starting to bark. Am I supposed to ignore that and it will stop or discipline her somehow????
Thanks for your help
We were going to give her away before we moved because of the barking outside that was solved by being inside and kenneling her. I don't want to have her barking and whining in the kennel either.
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Teach Your Dog to Leave It, Don't Touch, Dog Training and Obedience Lessons

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the above are links to crate training instructions and some "leave it" training that may help with abby's counter surfing habit.

sounds to me like you just need to do so refresher training with the crate...



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Usually I will look at her and she will stop whining then I will let her out
I think this is your problem...Eye contact IS a reward...so if she whines...you look at her...you've just rewarded it. Thats why she stops when you look at her...shes gotten your attention and that was her goal so the behavior stops.

I would not look at her AT ALL and when shes quiet (even for a moment at first) say "YES!" and then let her out.

When Iam crate training I keep treats on top of the kennel and instead of letting the dog out I will non chalantly walk up to the crate and drop a treat in and walk away (if they are calm/quiet)...repeat over and over until the dog would rather be in the crate than out. :P

Even better yet...wait until she lays down and is ignoring YOU...this teaches her that settling down gets rewarded.





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