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Does anyone have any experience on dealing with demand barking? The only time Myndi does it is when I put her in her crate. She paws at the door and barks non stop for hours. She is with me almost 24/7 because she is a service dog in training. I thought it was separation anxiety but I filmed it and showed it to her breeder/trainer and she said it was demand barking and that I have spoiled her lol! What is the best way to correct this?
 

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That sounds like separation anxiety to me. Yes, she may be demanding by barking at you, but the cause of it is separation anxiety or not being properly introduced to the crate. How to correct it? First, stop spoiling her, and second, figure out what you're doing that's making her have this issue. She's a service dog in training, not just a pet. Anxiety can quickly cancel her out from being a service dog.

How often do you crate her and what is your routine for putting her in/taking her out?
 

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Demand barking can happen in crate training if the owner/handler normally returns early on and give attention or lets the dog out for fussing. But it's been my experience excessive barking and pawing in crates is more often anxiety or stress based.

What seems to do the trick for dogs who are barking a lot in crates (for both demand and anxiety/stress) is a combo of returning to crate training basics such as the info here:
http://www.dogforum.com/training-behavior-stickies/crate-training-faq-3974/

And also working on crate games. Susan Garrett has a nice DVD out that iirc is affordable (at least was when I bought it). :)
 
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