How To Stop Your Dog Barking In Crate At Night – Professional Dog Training Tips


(dog barking) – For some dogs, barking in the crate, is a self rewarding behavior. So just waiting it out
isn’t a great training plan. This is especially true, if you have other family
members in the house or maybe you live in
something like an apartment. (dog barking) Keep it quiet up there. (banging) I’m on it Mrs DeVille. In this video, I’m gonna
give you some simple tips to stop your dog from barking
in their crate at night. So that you can get a good nights sleep, they can get a good nights sleep and so can your downstairs neighbor. I’m Ken Steepe and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (dog yapping) Now if you’re continuing to struggle with your puppy barking
in their crate overnight, I want you to set some
time aside during the day, to work through this behavior. And if the only time that your
puppy’s going in their crate is at night, overnight
while you’re sleeping, then you may have found the solution to your problem right there. Your puppy really needs an
opportunity to understand that the crate is a safe,
comfortable, happy place to be. No matter what time of day. And a great way to really
instill and reinforce that sense, is by having them in their
crate when you’re watching TV or popping them in their
crate during the day, when you’re making lunch. Or at anytime that you
think it would be better if your puppy were hanging
out in their crate, maybe enjoying their favorite chew toy and you aren’t able to supervise them, then put them in their crate. You really wanna build on the idea that, their crate is a great
place for them to be, regardless of what time of day it is. Chew toys are a great
pastime for your puppy, when they’re in their crate. And a really great way to keep
them a little bit distracted and not so focused on the idea, that they’ve gotta remain in their crate. So maybe take their favorite,
you know, nylon bone and pop it in the crate so
that they have something to do if they’re are not quite
ready to go to bed yet. If you’re in the process of
potty training your puppy, be sure that your puppy’s
not letting you know that they need to go out to have a pee. Now I’ll post a link to a video above that are the four most common
mistakes that people make when they’re potty training their puppy. After you’ve established that your puppy doesn’t need to go outside, then we’re gonna talk about a couple of ways to interrupt the behavior that stops them barking and
what you need to do next. If you’re struggling with your
puppy barking away at night, it’s really important that your puppy is within eyesight or earshot of you. So bring their crate into your bedroom or close to wherever it is
that you’re sleeping at night, because we’re going to want to keep a close eye on that puppy and we’re definitely going to want to be able to communicate with
them when they are barking. The first interrupter I want
you to use is your voice. Now as I mentioned
earlier, the barking can be a pretty self rewarding
behavior for a lot of puppies. And, what you need to do is
break them out of that cycle of that barking, barking, barking. So simply something like a ah ah or hey. (dog barks) Ah ah. Something that’s going
to catch them off guard, interrupt the behavior. And when they pay attention to that sound, you can begin to praise them. When they stop barking
and they take a moment and they relax a little bit, you can tell them how good
they’re being for being quiet. Good girl, good quiet. Now some puppies won’t
even respond to the verbal. Whether they can’t hear
it over their barking, or it’s not an acute enough interrupter. You’ll often find for those puppies, tapping on the top of the crate or tapping on the side of the crate, is a sound that they’re not expecting. So in that knock knock sound, that moment where they
break that cycle of barking, they’ll you know, maybe investigate what that knocking sound was. You’re gonna have a moment
to start to praise them for being quiet. And it’s really important, that you do lay on that
praise when they are quiet, because you really
wanna capture the moment that they’ve made a good choice. (dog barking) (knocking) Ah quiet. Good girl, good quiet. Now what if your sleeping arrangement doesn’t allow your puppy
to be within arms reach. Well, I’ve got a trick for you. Simply clipping your leash to the door of your puppy’s crate, or clipping a long line on to
the door of your puppy’s crate or the side of the crate,
can be really helpful. This allows you, from a distance, to have good timing with that interrupter. If your puppy starts barking, you can jingle jingle on that crate and the moment they investigate the sound, you can start to praise
them for being quiet. But this allows you to
be at a greater distance from your puppy and still
be able to give them the information that that
barking at night, isn’t allowed. (dog barking) (jingle) Good quiet, good girl. And this is something that
I use for my dog Deegan, who you know, I started to
crate her far too late in life and she really struggled overnight. She really struggled when I
was at a distance from her. So I clipped on that long line and every time she’d start
to fuss or bark in her crate, I’d jingle that door and
then when she, you know, would investigate the sound,
and sort of check in with me, I would start to praise her. It was a really, really helpful tool, to teach her that that barking
behavior, isn’t what I want. By working on a couple of these
exercises with your puppy, they’re gonna very
quickly figure our that, barking in their crate
overnight isn’t allowed. And that sort of clear information, is going to be really helpful
for you to find a resolution and to have them rest
comfortably in their crate. Now if this is your
first time on our channel and you consider your dog
a member of the family, then make sure you hit
that subscribe button. We publish new videos every single week, to help you to have a well behaved four legged family member. Do you see that video beside me? That’s actually a video all about teaching your puppy to love their crate, and I think you’re gonna
find it really helpful. On that note, I’m Ken, happy training. Bye for now. (relaxing music)

99 thoughts on “How To Stop Your Dog Barking In Crate At Night – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • We hope this video helps you to solve some of your crate training challenges! If you have a puppy that you're currently crate training, then you will definitely find our Teach Your Puppy To Love Their Crate video helpful: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BBgLulhernR5uT9rg8C03U4C2n2kvBY Thanks for watching, be sure to subscribe! ~Ken

  • My wife wants to know how you can suggest hooking a long line (or two) on the cage door, running it through the living room then out through the living room pass through window to the other room where my computer desk is, is a good suggestion… 😉

    Once again a good video on such a common issue and yet I've not seen anyone address it this way.

  • Hello I am late but I have a question for u. What is a good time to impression your puppy 🐶 is it a month??? Because our litter is born in November and we are picking them up in January because we have a vacay in December.so is that fine????

  • Dogs bark while in a crate because they want to get out! So let them out! The want to stretch their legs and play and have a choice to move from place to place to lay down to be comfortable and to feel safe. They don't want to be in a cage, as simple as that. They bark because they ask ''Why do you keep me in a cage, mommy? Did you forget about me? Let me out!''

  • I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he barks A LOT… So, leaving home is always a challenge for us. My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

  • My son lives in an apartment and his dog barks A LOT when when he puts her in the crate when he's leaving or has left. What do you do then? He's done the chew toys, Kong with peanut butter etc but she still barks.. I believe it's separation anxiety so he puts her up during the day and she's fine but when she knows he's actually leaving her, the bark is on.

  • My dog won’t quit barking when we put him in the backyard. At first he was quiet. Then he all of a sudden decided to bark. And he won’t quit. I try not to bring him back in until he’s quiet for at least 10 mins. But it still takes him at least an hour of non stop barking.

  • My dog don't mind the crate. But when I close the front and the metal screech. She'll bark. Any suggestion? Should I just not close the front? She stays in there but just doesn't like it being closed.

  • I got a puppy for Christmas and at night she will bark around 2-3 in the morning bc she knows my mom was there to take her out. We have tried to tell my mom to stop taking her out so she knows not to do it. How do we break the cycle of her barking every night ?

  • My dog is fine being in his crate when I'm around. I've recorded him and he somehow knows when I walk away from the door (meaning after I lock it I still wait to see if he whimpers/barks) and the moment I walk away he immediately starts whimpering then turns into a full bark. What can I do about this?

  • My 2 black labrador 3 and 6 year olds bark outside in their dog shelter, they start barking at around 1:30 stops for an hour or so and then barks again an hour. Any tips?

  • Help! Me and my fiancé recently just got a 2 year old husky. As you know they are really vocal.. but we’ve tried the method where we keep him in a kennel at night where we sleep. Only problem is we have a cat… and she makes a lot of noise. He then continues to bark. I have no where else to put her because we share a house with my mom and she doesn’t want the cat anywhere else.. or dog for that matter but in my room.. is there anything else I can do?

  • My dog is 9 years old he barks about 4am and wakes me up every night
    He pants and runs around barking and crying
    Is this worrying? He wakes me up every night and I have college so I struggle sleep so bad

  • My dog just doesn’t stop , ive fed him too much, ive gave him plenty of water, i let him out twice i just dont know what he wants….. hes 8 i just dont know

  • We live in 2 story house where pup sleeps in crate upstairs in master bedroom. Am I supposed to bring crate downstairs everyday while im working in kitchen and my office?

  • Thanks so much for the prompt reply!!! I actually put a ISO for a crate on our neighborhood app and a neighbor is giving one to me free!
    Thanks so much for the helpful advice!!!

  • My dog is 6 years old she used to love her cage now she won't stop barking non stop when I put her in it. She driving me nuts

  • I have a 12 week old pup she’s great in the day and will go to the crate sleep in the crate and eats in there to. At night she turns into Count Pupula and cries , barks uses her secret poo reserves and generally is making family life miserable 😭 we are on the ropes and the ref has counted to 7

  • This didn't work at all. He's barking so much he can't even hear me. I've knocked the crate and he's full on barking like a maniac. He wants out to play at 4am.

  • I absolutely love this and it works like a charm for us. On a Facebook page for goldendoodles this question comes up probably every day and I post this video. Here's my question though if I leave the house for an hour or so I'd like to leave our dog outside where he has plenty of water, places to go, shade etc than in his crate. But he bar how do I stop that?

  • I will have to do this technique I know I will need it specially if my husband has a early flight and can’t sleep ! I am a bit nervous but I need to be consistent

  • Hey so I need help. My one year old Saint Bernard thinks of his crate as something bad. Ever since we adopted him from someone he would always bark and try to escape. We give him his favorite bones, we praise him when he is silent, he has a bed, but he won't stop barking 😭

  • If you have to put your dog in a crate everyday you should not get a dog. Crates maybe for transporting but never for sleeping or while you’re away at work.

  • I adopted an 18 month old dog. He’s fine in the crate until …. the other dogs outside bark, then he barks too. Think these methods would work on him?

  • I've recently started to crate train a puppy, I was experiencing some issues because I had her crate in a different room from me, but once I brought her into my room she has n trouble sleeping all night happily in her crate. I suppose she just doesn't want to be alone, even if she has a toy with her and has previously gotten to play all her crazy energy out. Another thing I noticed is, if she's too hot she'll bark and fuss until I turn on a fan to blow on her or turn the air down. Your video was super helpful thank you! I will be using it as a reference I'm sure. 🙂

  • My dog is pretty old and he just isn't quiet, like ever. He also gets agressive when we put him in his crate overnight and im not sure how to fix that and it's becoming a problem because my whole family is starting to have zero patience with him and i need some tips.

  • You are a life saver! Just used the tapping of the crate on puppies first night and after a while he understood. He’s had a fantastic first day no accidents in the house yet! I’m impressed I learned quite a lot from you and Zak

  • My puppy doesn't mind the crate during the day. Every night he starts crying. There's some barking but it's mostly whining and crying. He doesn't stop until he falls asleep. Or until he has to potty. And then it's rinse and repeat.. I haven't had a good night sleep in 3 weeks.

  • I've heard that if you communicate with your puppy while they're barking, that's bad because they're going to learn that if they bark they get attention. Is this true?

  • I'm planning to get a toy poodle pup in the near future. I have watched a lot of training videos and think I like yours the best. You appear gentle but firm. I want a dog that has lovely manners not stressed and I can take anywhere with me. I will continue to watch this station and try my best to be a good puppy parent. Thank you

  • The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: ‘‘If you hear the barking of a dog or the braying of a donkey by night, then seek refuge in Allaah from the devil because they see what you do not see.’’ [Ahmad and Abu Daawood].

  • Mine is driving me crazy at night. Might be the reason why I would need to sell him 🙁 he just wont stop until I bring him in the room. Then in the room, his breathing is so loud we cant sleep either. I’ve had puppies before but none gave me this type of problem

  • This is amazing advice. I had read so many forums and different kinds of methods so I was just confused at this point. But literally after forty minutes of doing this he’s silent, sound asleep and comfy with his favorite blanky. My neighbors and I thank you 🙏

  • I tried this this morning with our 4 month old puppy. He sleeps in our bed (I know lol) but jumps off when he needs a potty break. Which is usually around 3am. Afterwards we put him straight in his crate and at first when he would bark we would ignore him which made him bark more. We tried your technique. When he would bark I would say “quiet” and he would stop, and while being quiet I would say “good boy”. He barked maybe 3 more times and whined a little and I heard him self soothe with a toy and eventually fall asleep. Thanks! Subbed 😉

  • I’ll try putting my 8 month old puppy in crate during the day. He was always great in the crate but just started yelping and high pitch barking every night howling too.. it’s horrible it’s giving me massive anxiety ugh.. thanks for your help

  • But no matter what, they will cry in crate. They will have to get thru it and that will take time. We will all have to endure the puppy crying in his crate for a time no matter what. We will be knocking or jingling at 12 am? Yes.

  • Could you possibly make a video of how to get a dog used to a baby because my mom is having twins and I'm the only one who actually trains my dog in my family

  • We recently got a toy poodle. She’s four and a half months now. Everything is going well except for 1 big problem. She was doing fine the first week we got her but recently she starts barking whenever she hears us at night. She sleeps in our living room and has no problem going to sleep in her crate. She is quiet all night UNTIL one of us makes a noise. I sometimes cough during my sleep, my boyfriend goes to the bathroom pretty often too. It doesn’t matter what it is, as soon as she hears us making noises, she barks. We know very well that it’s not because she needs to go potty (we always take her out for a walk/ potty break before she goes to bed.) At first we thought she needed to go potty so we woke up in the middle of the night and took her out (she did go potty but it was not urgent because we know she could hold it for the entire night from 12am-7am the first week.) It got worse lately as she barks whenever she hears a noise from us, doesn’t matter she went to sleep 3 hours ago or 1 hour ago. She would bark for 10 minutes, stop for 2 minutes then started barking again for 15 minutes straight when she hears our voices.  We live in an apartment and we’re afraid that it would disturb our neighbors since the walls are pretty thin.

  • What about when a puppy is freaking out when you close the door? This goes on for some 10 – 15 minutes and becomes very intense. Then she tires out and goes to sleep. The method I am using is sitting next to the crate, holding the door with my hand. Shen she is crying I close the door. When she lies down I open the door. Is there a better method? She falls alseep and sleeps until she needs to go potty, but then when it's time to put her back in, it's the same ritual all over again. Suggestions?

  • I’ve tried a lot of different things with my puppy whom suffers from separation anxiety and nothing has remotely helped at all and I don’t know what to do. I also live in an apartment so the noise is intolerable. If someone can help me solve the problem I’ll be keeping but if not he’ll have to be re-homed where it can be tolerated.

  • This video is great, I have a 9 month old Siberian husky, he is stubborn, but I did the leash think only two times and now he doesn’t bark. Thank you 😊

  • Whenever me or my family is near the crate, there is no barking problem, only when we leave, the sirens go off. Any tips?

  • Wow i was having a very frustrating night with my puppy, it’s only night three but, he kept progressively getting worse with his barking. I watched a bunch of videos before stumbling upon your channel and i’m so glad i did. I did this twice and he’s already calmed down quite a bit. Thank you so much, you’re a life saver (:

  • We just got a new puppy and are so glad to have found your videos! You have a way of explaining things that makes it seem like just common sense. Our puppy is 9 weeks and we are beginning the crate training process and referring to your first video in the series. She isn't so much barking, but crying, whimpering and whining. I am assuming this is the same process? Since it is the beginning is there any value to waiting it out, or is now the time to stop it right away?

  • Hopefully this works out. I was not prepared to train my puppy which is my fault but its day 3 and I need my sleep so i am learning how to properly train her. Thanks for this vid

  • I'm getting my puppy tomorrow but he will be crated downstairs and not in my room. What do I do in this case?

  • Thank you so much for this. A lot of online communities suggest absolutely waiting it out because even if you make a sound or tap it can reinforce the behaviour of them being noisy. And it’s just such conflicting information because pups will whine for two hour straight if you let them be and it’s just not realistic in certain situations.

  • What if my dog barks uncontrollably at random people that walk into the house while they are in their crate?

  • I have an almost 8 month year old Pomsky and now recently every night he’s been screeching and barking when I leave the living room to go to sleep. It’s always around the hours of 12-4 am and when I come to assess to him he gets quiet and sits there as if I’m going to let him out to play which has been making me very irritable towards him lately. I’m also a student so those hours are very vital for me. However, thanks so much for the number of options you gave. Hopefully they help! 😭🤦🏾‍♀️

  • My dog gets so calm with piano music and always falls asleep with the Up song lol so falling to sleep isnt the trouble, rather staying asleep/ calm till the morning.. every morning around 6 he’s barking and throwing a tantrum in the crate. I need my sleep but I also hate to see him stressed in there. Should I let him bark for as much as I can till he stops, or just try new methods of training.

  • Hi Ken, my dog loves the crate and does fine during the day/evening but just during the night time he was whining the first two nights and transitioned to barking by the third night. He does not sleep in the same room as us and we wish to keep it this way. Any tips for the sleepless us? 🙁 Thanks!

  • Why do you put members of your family in cages? You don’t need crates to potty train. At all. If you can’t handle a little piss on the carpet for a few months, don’t get a puppy, get a house trained adult rescue. Puppies need love not cages.

  • omg thank you so much! was having such a hard time getting my adult dog to be quiet and this method worked so well. gonna get some sleep tonight 😄

  • My mum said to wait it will get tighed but i didnt sleep cuz my flipping neighbor kept sitting and eating food outside and fell asleep out side so my dog barked all night qwq

  • Why I should do the dog in a crate apart from me, that is stupid. Dogs live in family's with other dogs. Now they live with us. Never leave them on their own.

  • How do you stop your dog from peeing and pooping in his crate….. mine is 5 months old and he doesn't seem to get it….. I've tried everything …… he is on a regular scheduled diet we go outside before I leave him in it and I make sure he goes potty outside….. I'm usually never gone longer than an hour and he still does it. …. hardest dog I ever had to train

  • So you think its a good idea to have the puppy in the bedroom at night with you. We were hoping not to do that when we get ours.

  • My dog is well potty trained ..does not go in the house at all but I'm worried if I leave him out of the crate during thww day he will be destructive and bark obsessively loud ..how do I transition from crate to free roam without the obsessive barking….I live in an apartment 😥

  • It’s almost 1AM and my puppy has been barking for almost 2 hours. 5 minutes of this did the trick. My neighbors and I thank you!

  • Thanks for this,my chihuahua is very loud and we live in a townhome complex,i convinced my mom to try this and it worked like a charm,now the 3 of us can sleep in peace

  • My puppy used to sleep with me when she was a few months old but would get off my bed and chew on stuff in the middle of the night and was fine at first in her cage next to my bed but she kept barking too much so I kept her in the living room in her cage, and she was fine in there for a few months, she’s about 6 months old now and just 3 days ago she started continuously barking in her cage at night

  • I pick up our new 8 week old puppy next week and I'm concerned about her having separation issues when she is in her crate is it a good idea to have her in the bedroom with you?? Wont this make it harder for her to deal with sleeping downstairs as that's where we went her to be.
    Many thanks guys love all your videos looks really helpful

  • So I have a 16 week old puppy that we got now 4 days ago. I am working on crate and potty training. He is still sometimes shy of going in his crate because I have to rush to work so yes, my fault, but plan to work with him a lot over the weekend on this. Our main concern is the barking. He stays downstairs because all of our bedrooms are upstairs and we do not want him upstairs so any advice for that?

  • I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I take him for walks, we have problems. He hates other dogs and other people sometimes even growls at us. My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

  • I thought he was nuts with the leash on the crate but it works. Omg does it work. I didnt think id get to sleep but hes settled down.

  • Ok so my 10 week old lab. Does pretty good when crated at night he whimpers and whines a little bit nothing I can't handle. My problem is when I get home if I have to crate him for a little bit while I'm busy doing stuff around the house. He barks and howls and yells like he's dying. And idk what to do cause I know it's only cause hes separated from me. Any suggestions

  • Jeez it just worked. Unfortunately I had to he a little more intense with the quit it but she finally understood. She's napping now!

  • My 6mth old cocker spaniel puppy, has used a crate since we got her at 9weeks old, she has no issues going into and sleeping all night, however if I put her in the crate during the day, wether I am in the room/house or not she barks, scrapes and bites at the cage for the majority of the time she is in it, I have tried using my voice and the rattling the cage and nothing seems to be working. Any advise?

  • What the hell do you do if this doesn't work? She doesn't even stop through the distractor noise. Nothing. Just incredibly loud yelp barks over and over and over if you are not touching her. It's mental. We can't sleep. We can't work. It's absolutely mental. Nothing works.

  • Simple take him out of the crate .put a dog bed on the ground next to your bed .reward a peaceful nights sleep .works for me

  • I’ve had issues from day one with my now 2 1/2 year old, 9 1/2 lb. Havanese. Her half brother who, is a year older never gave me a moment of problem. I started to train her the same as him to sleep crated, providing a a small treat and rewarding praise at the right moment. She NEVER accepted any of the various treats. She would destroy toys, shred bedding and often poop and pee her crate. She was all about scraping her little paws raw, barking incessantly. I am disabled and now a widow. I’ve had to make some changes after my husband had sadly, passed away suddenly. While she was less than a year old, it was a stressful period for me but, her routine was never changed. I have used calming diffusers, sprays, ThunderEase jacket and calming spray, recently giving her Calming Care Supplement (ProPlan’s) along with the jacket and spray. Going to bed after midnight after going potty one more time. Her brother would walk into his crate at 9:30. She is lethargic and sleeps almost all day long refusing to go potty or play until night falls. I’ve replaced her crate to one similar to yours but, smaller upon her vet’s suggestion, to avoid her soiling her crate. I now use doggie towels instead of crate mats that she can’t shred. It’s gotten a little better but, since my husbands passing it’s become very costly to maintain her supplements and my medical needs as well. I am on a fixed income. I had to purchase an Apple Watch because of falling outside, alone late at night. It was a good investment due to my disabilities. I live in AZ, which is very hot and with my condition I need to avoid direct sunlight. I do have UV protective clothing but, it’s still too hot for their paws to step on hot asphalt. Boots are out of the question, they will not wear them and it’s still too hot. They have both been crated in my room from the beginning. When she starts barking in the wee hours She usually needs to go potty and she will return quietly to her crate. My sleep is interrupted by all of the above that after I get up around 6:30 am, to take care of their needs, because she barks up a storm even though she refuses to go potty during most of the day and she gives me trouble eating her meals. There are no health issues with her, all her shots are up to date and she is on Heart Guard Plus and microchipped. I’m exhausted all day long. Please advise!

  • My dog loves her crate, but as soon as there is nobody in the living room by her she starts screaming her head off… She's 7 months old… She'll sleep just fine if someone is close. But if nobody is there she flips out

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