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Zoey has always been extremely vocal in her crate...all I can think is that it's because her previous owner got her from a pet shop, where the cage of puppies was in the main room and when she will have whined she would've been rewarded by customers fussing her :rolleyes:

We put a lot of effort into crate training her, and she loved her crate. She was happy to settle in there when she had something to do, but as soon as it was finished she would cry and cry and cry.

We never rewarded her for screaming, but she never quit. Even at a year old when we put her to bed at night she would scream for anywhere between 10 - 60 minutes. It was *horrible* >__<

From 10 weeks to six months old we did actually sleep right next to her crate, and she still cried. When she was a year old we moved her crate by our bed and slept next to her again but, as you said, this made her much worse.

Eventually the night whining stopped, but I don't really remember how. We gave her a longer walk before putting her away for the night (45+ minutes) and made sure she was exhausted. In her crate she got a stuffed Kong and nylabones...and somehow it stopped. She hasn't whined at night in over a year now :)

She does still scream when we come back to the house after being out (again, she's never rewarded and after 10 mins noise and being ignored she will shut up), and she also whinges if she thinks we've left her in her crate too long when we're in the house...especially if we are being noisy, playing with Kasper or have guests.

When we are in the kitchen and she is being quiet in her crate, we always drop her a treat in but otherwise ignore her.
 
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