How To Stop A Dog From Barking In The Crate – Professional Dog Training Tips

A common question that we get from puppy
owners is how to stop their dog from barking in their crate. Lots of people take the silent treatment
approach where they just tried to ignore their dog.
But in a lot of cases, this isn’t enough information for your
dog to understand what you want from them. So if you’ve tried doing nothing and
that’s not working and it’s time to do something about it, I’m Ken Steepe
and welcome back to McCann dogs at McCann Dogs. We’ve helped more than 90,000 dog
owners to overcome their dog training challenges. So if this is your
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so that I can help you to have a well behaved four legged family member using
a crate as a regular part of raising a puppy.
It’s a great management tool. Then it allows you to speed up your house
training and allows you to have your puppy in a safe place when you
aren’t able to supervise them in. Dogs are actually denning creatures in
that crate is meant to represent a a den like structure,
introduced properly. A crate can be a really safe haven
for your dog in training and the real challenge comes when your dog is barking
in their barking insistently and it’s something that is so frustrating that
it makes you not want to use your crate, but there may be a few things that you
are actually doing that’s encouraging that barking and those are the first
things that we need to talk about using your crate at different
times during the day. It’s going to be a really helpful tool
in teaching your puppy that their crate is a safe and comfortable place. The last thing you want is for your dog
to think that the only time they go in their crate is when you’re going to bed
overnight or when you’re going to leave your home.
So moving your create around your house, using it for just a few minutes
at a time can be really helpful. Maybe while you’re preparing
dinner or you know, while you’re distracted
doing something else, that’s a great time to pop your dog into
their crate for a short period of time. That way you’re also there to
work through, uh, you know, if they do start to make some noise or
you’re there to support them with your voice, tell him what a great job
they’re doing at being quiet, but make sure you’re not only using it
when you leave your home, for example. We really want them to know
that at any time during the day, at any location in the house, their crate
is a safe and comfortable place to be. Make sure you’re not making a really big
deal of letting your puppy out of their crate. Now, I can totally appreciate that.
Uh, wait. Maybe you get home after work. Your dog’s really excited to see you.
You’re really excited to see them, but you’ve gotta be really cautious if
you’re trying to work through getting your dog to relax a little bit more in
their crate and you’re trying to stop them from barking. You don’t want to teach
them that. The more excited they get, the louder they get,
the more noise they make, the more they’re rewarded
by releasing them from that. You need to be a little
bit more formal about it. There will be an opportunity for you to
take them outside and play and do all those great things.
But as you, are you really trying to pair the idea
that being in their is a relaxing, calming,
soothing experience, especially if you’re trying to
troubleshoot some of their barking and uh, you know, if you were to immediately opened the
door and have a big play session and have, you know, uh, lots of fun, then you’re quickly associating the
idea that getting out of that crate is a everything. That’s great. So really be
cautious about how you approach the crate. You let them out,
just pop your house line or your leash on. Then you can take them outside and uh,
you know, have lots of fun and play while you’re
trying to teach them to be quiet in there. If you feel like you’re struggling with
your dog getting used to their crate, then you may want to have a distraction
in there when they first go in. Again, we’re going to try to be using
our credo over different, at different points over the
course of the day, but you know, popping them in their crate with an
appropriate chew toy or maybe a Kong with some food in it or something similar. We’ll give you that little bit
of time that they’re distracted. They’re not thinking about the
fact that they’re in their crate, their thinking that when
they go in their crate it’s, there’s something of great value
in there with them. So, again, coupling that with using that crate a at
different points during the day can be a really great way to sort of build
longevity into their being comfortable and relaxing in their crate. Insist on your dog being quiet before
you let them out of their crate. Dogs are quick learners
and if they are bar, if them barking means that you’re going
to come and let them out of their crate just to stop the barking. Then it’s going to quickly learn that all
they need to do to get out is to bark. Now we’ve been talking a little bit
about some proactive steps for you to eliminate that barking
in the crepe behavior, but let’s talk about three reactive steps
that you can use to teach your puppy that our dog,
that a barking in the crate isn’t allowed. Barking is a pretty naturally rewarding
behavior for dogs. It feels good, so we really need to help them to know
at what point they’re making the mistake using your voice first.
So at the moment that they bark, you can use something like an [inaudible]
or a hay to let them know at precisely what moment they’ve made.
A mistake can be really helpful. Quiet.
(Negative Verbal Reprimand) What’s a lot of dogs? They’ll pause for
a moment and wonder what was that noise? You know, what was that all
about? And check in with you. It’s at that time you’re able
to praise them. Good quiet. That’s much better and really
support them as they are being quiet. Girl. Good, quiet, very good
curl. If that doesn’t work, then we need to move on to the next step. I talked a little bit earlier about
moving the crate around with you in your home and using it for short
periods during the day. Now, not only does this give you a great
opportunity to support your dog, praise your dog for making great
choices for being quiet in there, but it also puts you in a great
position to be able to work through and troubleshoot some of these issues. For
those dogs who don’t respond to the voice, who don’t respond to that,
I I sound, then maybe knocking on the top of
the crate can be really helpful. It’s a little sharper sound in. You’re much more likely to get a dog who
stops in the middle of their barking in the middle of their, you know what’s
going on to investigate that sound “Quiet” at that point, you’re going to pour on
the praise. Good, quiet, good job. Now, I don’t want you to be rewarded with food. You’re just going to
simply praise your dog. You don’t want to be teaching
your dog that if they make noise, you’re going to come over,
knock in the crate and then feed them. So just tell them what a great
job they’re doing. Very good, quiet as you maintain some
of that quiet behavior. As we talked a little a little bit
earlier, you know those 10 minutes a day, those few minutes as you’re moving around
at different locations in your house are so helpful because this allows
you to work on this skill, you know, a few minutes at a time.
Really, really powerful stuff to teach your
puppy to be calm in their crate. Now what if your dog only barks
when you’re out of the room? And this is something that I actually
struggled with with a Labrador retriever, but you want to have that same great
timing to mark the moment that they’re making the mistake mark the moment that
they’re barking as well as support them with your voice when they are quiet. So Alicia or along like to be
a really helpful tool in this. And what I did is attached to leash
and a long line around the corner, uh, with the dog in their
crate when she’d bark, I’d rattle the clip of the
leash on the side of the crate. She’d wonder what on earth that sound was.
She check it out. And it was at that point that
I was able to, uh, you know, praise or support or let her know that
she was making a great choice by being quiet. But you do need to
set your dog up for this one. So set aside a little bit
of time and work on it. You might have your leash or
long line around a corner, maybe it’s at the end of a hallway.
Whatever it is, it allows you to have that great timing
and that’s really what you need to focus on. The moment they bark, you
rattle that, uh, the leash. And when they check out that sound,
good quiet way to go. If you’re looking for some techniques
to teach your dog to love being in their crate,
then check out that video right there. And if this is your first
time on the channel, then make sure you hit
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to help you to have a well behaved four legged family member. On that
note, I’m Ken. Happy training.

18 thoughts on “How To Stop A Dog From Barking In The Crate – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • My pup does fairly well in the crate HOWEVER, she tends to bark at my other dog when she’s hiding under the bed, has the exact same chewy/toy, resting in one of the dog beds, wants attention from the her/me, etc. sometimes it’s continuous 🤦🏻‍♀️ even when I distract her with something else as soon as she loses interest she’s back at it. Ignoring the barking, for some length of time, will eventually quiet her BUT it takes a while for her to get quiet 🤫. Any pointers?! 🧐🤷🏻‍♀️

  • I like your step by step easy to understand therefore use video.
    I am going to be training my next service dog and am glad to find your channel.

  • If you're looking for more crate training tips, I have put together a Crate Training playlist for you here:

    As always, I want to thank you for watching and wish you Happy Training! ~Ken

  • Can you make a video about "How to Care for Your Doberman ~ Grooming, Brushing teeth, and Training tips, etc?"

  • Thank you so much for the advice! My 3month old Cavapoo used to bark a lot in the crate, now I can control and also prevent the unnecessarily barking. I took her to the vet today in the crate and she did wonderfully! 😀

  • Please make a video about teaching a puppy to stop jumping on the couch. I have a 14 week old beagle and she keeps jumping on the couch. She can try jump on the couch 20 times in one session (45min) and I will still take her off. It hasn't clicked yet for her. I am not using food for reward only the word "down". Video's on YouTube say if your dog jumps on the couch remove them and reward. I understand with my dog if I did this it would encourage her to jump on the couch and off for a treat. Please help me.

  • What is the best way for me to have my chihuahua be at home and in his crate through his puppy stage …at this time I bring him to work with me he is 3 months old and periodically I will go and do grocery shopping for maybe an hour or less but I have slowly led up to that I play with him and he goes in his crate I set up the video camera I don't make a big deal about when I'm leaving I come in and out and in and out before I leave but he will still whine and then howl a bit.. if there's some helpful hints so that I can leave him so he's happy he likes his crate that's not the issue it's when I'm gone out of his sight for a longer time… one time he was very tired and he slept for the whole time that I left but that is one time out of three..thankyou

  • How do you introduce the crate so they think of it as a good thing? I'm getting a puppy this weekend

  • Hello! I love your videos, and I’ve used them to get my dog comfortable in his crate. He sleeps in it through the entire night without barking. He’ll go in and out without any issues – but whenever I leave the room, like to go to work or run errands. He barks like a mad man for hours. His bark is very whiny and he definitely has some separation issues, it’s been weeks and it hasn’t improved. Any tips?

  • I bought a crate for each major room in my house, so I don't have to move the crate all over the house. It makes it very convenient to crate my puppy while I am in that room doing something and I can't pay 100% of my attention to them at that moment. It is especially helpful when I am cooking dinner in the kitchen. My dog is right there in the room with me, and I am free to focus on cooking without having to worry about what my dog is doing or getting into.

  • Feel like this all make sense but, my pup loves his crate but rn whenever i feed him he gets nuts, bark bites, pees, jumps for 2h even if i involve trick training and long walks in that period hes still super hyper when we get home. And if i leave him in crate while im in the same room for him to calm will he not be scaredof the crate? Rn he just barks until i com to him sit there and calm him,then i open cus i dont want him to calm down and pee in his crate, but as soon as i let him out it starts all over. So any videos of how to handel dogs with tantrum that has been activated physicaly and mentaly but just dont realise they are tired?

  • Should I be covering or partially convering the crate during the day? As school has started my Aussie now has to spend 3-4 hours a day in her crate during the daytime. Barking isn't an issue ever at night but during the day today it was constant (I work third shift so I was trying to sleep). I'll certainly be trying to work on the other things here but it's a wire crate so I wasn't sure if maybe limiting her sensory options might help.

  • I'm hoping this works,I have a Rottweiler-Pitbull mix and she just wont stop barking all throughout the day since I have to go to classes. Also she won't stop using the bathroom inside the house,I try taking her outside for at least a hour at a time and she won't do anything. The minute I take her inside she automatically finds a place with carpet and uses the bathroom. She does not respond to me when I'm verbal at all. I don't know what to do anymore.

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