Ideas to get my dog to stop barking in his crate?

I’ll try and make this short.1 yr. old aussie mix,he is a great dog love him to death.We started to crate him when we’re not home because he would chew up the house and make a huge mess,toys did not work for him. We have come to find out from our neihbors that he is barking when we leave and pretty much barks the whole time we are gone. The longest he has been in his crate is about 6hrs. I need some ideas to get him to stop before it becomes a real big problem.I am looking for a inexpensive and a fast resolve to this so any ideas will help. Thanks everyone!!!!

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11 Responses to “Ideas to get my dog to stop barking in his crate?”

  1. Shadow's Melon says:

    It’s harder to get a dog used to the crate when you implement it at an older age. In our obedience class, we bring portable crates for times when we are not working our dogs. One woman’s Rottie was whining and barking constantly while in her crate. Our instructor went over to the crate, opened the door, allowed the pup out, stood over her back, scruffed her with both hands (one on each side of the neck) and picked her up off her front feet for a few seconds. She then released the puppy and placed her back in the crate. When the pup began at it again, the process repeated. It took 3-5 times for the pup to realize that if she whined to come out, this was the response she would get and found it not to be all to pleasant. She doesn’t whine any more in her crate now.

    You will need to work on this while you are home and crate the dog randomly and then do this tp address the whining and barking. Soon your dog will learn that the response he gets for whining and barking is unpleasant for him and that he is to stay there quietly. You may even need to do "pretend" leaving and wait outside your door for the barking to begin, then enter and address it again.

    It will take some time, but it does work and is a way to handle it without hurting your dog in any way. Good Luck.

  2. flute_chick07 says:

    take him out!

  3. froggz says:

    start practicing having him crated while you are home. put him in his crate for a short time, stay in the room but basically ignore him. As soon as he starts to bark, tell him no and to be quiet, and if you have to get a squirt bottle and squirt him with water. Start by doing this several times a day, for short periods, and work your way up to longer times and being able to go to other rooms. It will take some time but aussie’s are smart, and pretty soon his crate will be his comfort zone. It also wouldn’t hurt to give him a chew toy in the crate with him, and don’t forget to praise him when you let him out for doing a good job.

  4. pebblesqt says:

    This is great you are creating your dog! I create my puppy at night and when we leave. Try getting him use to the cage when you are home leave the door open and even feed him in there. The create is a safe place for the dog,dont punish him in the create. Also when you leave put a tv on or a radio. Also what helps with me is when i leave i dont even say bye to him, i turn the tv on and leave. also there is a toy called a kong theres a hole in the bottom you can fill it with peanut butter he will be trying to get at the peanut butter. I hope this helps, GOOD LUCK!

  5. Grace says:

    I would agree with the other comment I read about him mistaking this crate for punishment because he wasn’t taught early on that this is a good place to go.

    I also had a hard time crating my oldest lab because when I got him he was older and I had adopted him. Crates were just not a possible solution for me. I then went out and bought several baby gates. My dogs have plenty of room to roam throughout the house with certain rooms blocked off. It has worked so far. My dogs also have kongs, nyla-bones and tennish balls laying around the house. I also have the dvd The Pet-Sitter playing all day. In the kitchen area there is a radio playing soft music. Just like a human they need stimulation as well or they act out.

    Hopefully that will help. 🙂

  6. hummi22689 says:

    He probably started destroying things because he is bored. The aussie in him, combined with being young. He needs more than toys. Aussies need a job.

    The barking in the crate is because he has not been properly crate trained. Crates are meant to be like a home to a dog. You started putting him in there because he was tearing things up, so he sees it as a punishment. He should have been introduced to the crate slowly and taught it is a good place to be.

    Can you stop or control the barking? Thats up to you. A tired dog will sleep in the crate. Take the dog out and keep him active for a couple hours before crating.

  7. says:

    when mine are in their crates for the night, I always use a towel to cover up the front so they will not be disturbed, but since this is during the day, maybe you could try turning on a radio or tv to give him some noise??? Maybe a stuffed animal or arrange his crate to be able to see out a window while your’e gone? Just a thought… good luck

  8. bluemysti says:

    If you do not do so already, try placing toys, bones or even a filled kong in his crate with him to keep him occupied while you are away. If that does not work, we had a foster that would bark like there was no tomorrow everytime she was in the crate. The only thing that seemed to work was if we placed a sheet over the crate and made it seem like a den for her. Then she was fine. You could also try leaving the radio on for him so that he has some noise in the house while you are gone.

  9. Sandy says:

    When my dog is in the crate, I put a kong toy in there with some thick beef gravy smeared inside. He loves his kong toy and it keeps him busy for hours. I have soft blankets in there and a blanket that covers the crate to keep it fairly dark in the back. I would also really recommend either putting a small TV in there and turn that on in front of his crate or I put the radio on some country or classical channel. Sometimes background noise does the trick to keep them calm and relaxed.

  10. Pete B says:

    Give it exercise before putting it in his crate. Then ignore the barking!

    Exercise solves most behavorial problems!

  11. Me says:

    A lot of times they do this because they feel lonely or sad. Try keeping a television on low or a radio near his crate. I have also heard that if you put a small mirror by them, they think it’s another dog and don’t feel so alone.