Babies cry, dogs bark. My pediatrician told me years ago to get used to it since you can't always make it stop.
that is a horrible way to look at it, and with that attitude you will never fix the problem.Babies cry, dogs bark. My pediatrician told me years ago to get used to it since you can't always make it stop.
Yea, make sure you realize the difference between whining/barking for attention, and whining/barking for needing to go to the bathroom.that is a horrible way to look at it, and with that attitude you will never fix the problem.
all puppies have a strong instinct to stick with their pack at all times. when i first brought home my 8 weeks old lab he would cry ever time i put him in his cage to go out and when he went in their for bed.
the dog learns very quickly that if he whines loud or long enough he will get what he is looking for (either attention or freedom)
this is the cycle you must break. like someone said earlier the dog will eventually learn that all that crying is doing no good and get tired and go to sleep. this can be accomplished in a few weeks if you are consistent with it. it is also very important to not take the dog out of the cage when he is all excited and scratching at the door cuz you just got home. this would be rewarding that state of mind. only when you are ready and the dog is calm should you open the door.
also note that a dog could be whining because it has to go to the bathroom. if this is the case you can take the dog directly outside to use the bathroom then straight back in the cage so the dog never gets the reward it is looking for through its very annoying barking.
hope that helps
The original poster should realize that this doesn't work for all dogs. Mine's not that interested in a stuffed kong. Sure, he'll eat at it, but if he can't get the stuff out, he plays with something else. So now, I'll stick a duck jerky treat in the top hole that's easy for him to get.I would leave him with a kong that has something in it like a little bit of puppy food or something before you leave. When you return ignore him until he is calm and quiet. If you go to him right away when you get home and he is barking it will let him know it is ok to bark when you get home and he will never stop.
i think using treats as reward for your puppy being quiet is very useful method. maybe if you tried putting your hand around his muzzle (not too violently of course) each time he barks, and then reward him with his favourite treat when he's quiet. also, if you leave him in a crate and he whines, another method is to use an old tin can with pennies in it. every time he whines or barks, shake the can until he stops and reward him with a treat. the shaking can will make him stop and be quiet. eventually, i think your puppy will learn not to bark when you're not present. hope this helpsHelp please, my 10 week old puppy goes mad whenever i leave him alone! If i leave him in the kitchen or in his crate he barks and whines. He stops eventually but it takes about 15/20 minutes.
Ive been ignoring him, is this the right thing to do?
When he first came home he spent the first few days with me constantly so ive been trying to leave him regularly during the day for 30min or so when im still in the house and he goes balistic (he sounds very cross!).
Any help on the matter will be great. (Ive had him for a week and a half)
This is not something you should ever do to a puppy. Ignore the whining/barking, the puppy will get used to the drill. Be consistent, persistent, and above all, patient.maybe if you tried putting your hand around his muzzle (not too violently of course) each time he barks, and then reward him with his favourite treat when he's quiet.