How to Stop Barking
Stop Dog Barking In Crate
I can't take credit for these ideas... many are tried and true trainer secrets :-)
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Fill the crate with straw and make it more nest-like. Not Hay, straw. Filled in a hard-sided crate about 1/2 full. Replace weekly until dog learns to settle on his own. (Also a possible option for Separation Anxiety)
Cover the Crate with a Blanket that also makes the crate feel more den-like. Be sure the dog, especially puppies is not pulling the fabric into the crate as a possible ingestion risk.
Interrupt with loud noise by surprise
Set a cellphone to "vibrate" on top of the crate in a metal bowl. You can then call the cell from another room. This means the house it responding to the dog
String together some clean soup cans. Lay them across the top of the crate -- extend string across the room (or down the hall) when the dog barks, rattle the tin cans.
If you have an ecollar and don't want to use it on young puppies for barking. Set it in the metal bowl and vibrate the collar every time he barks. You can do this from down the hall or without getting out of bed overnight
Don't communicate with your dog verbally. They are seeking attention, and if you give it too them, their antics are working.
Don't let him out of the crate (so be sure he has gone potty before you put him in)
Much of this is about interruption and even a little bit of startle effect.. It's even better if the dog has no idea you are doing it!
If you are going to consider the route of a bark collar -- use caution.
If you are using the one's that spray -- get unscented spray. As the olfactory senses of your dog are extremely sensitive & having citronella on their face for the next several hours isn't ideal.
If you are using an electronic bark collar, start on the lowest setting. Let him adjust to the "idea" of the stim and why it's happening for few training intervals. And then later increase the level by 1 until it changes behavior. Do Not put it on auto-leveling until your dog is fully acclimated to the collar and only go as high as needed to create s top on behavior. DO NOT LEAVE THE HOUSE until you see how the dog responds.
I prefer to be the remote control myself vs the automatic collar and issue the lowest level stim needed. I do this at least for introduction and then convert to automatic for persisent barkers, those at risk in townhouses, etc.
When you do go to let the dog out -- be sure he's quiet when you open the door. Even if it's only a split second to start. Then build your way to a nice quiet "wait" to come out. You want to teach the dog that the door only opens when he's calm -- not loud.
Wishing you all a good night's sleep!