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Does a dog barking in the crate mean separation anxiety?

Tonight it happened again. I had a session with a client that thought their puppy “was screaming bloody murder” in the crate and were anxious to get my opinion  about whether their puppy had separation anxiety.

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Jeff Millman
Hi, my puppy is doing great so far in his confinement area. I leave for about 4-5 hours. I leave a pee-pee pad in the far corner a... Read More
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 14:31
Jeff Millman
Hi Ailin, It is difficult or impossible to absolutely know what a dog is "feeling". He might be bored, he might have some anxiety,... Read More
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:50
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Puppy training tip - use the leash inside

One of the most effective ways to prevent bad puppy behaviors from happening and help with overall training strategies is to have your puppy wear a leash inside and trail it behind him wherever he goes. You should always either watch your puppy or manage his behavior by putting him safely in a crate or other puppy-proofed area. If you are feeling guilty about using the crate, read this post about getting over the guilt of crate training.

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Is your dog demanding or destructive? Shape the absence of the behavior.

Destructive behaviors such as chewing on furniture or digging in the backyard are one form of inappropriate behavior. Demand behaviors are also inappropriate and are another way of describing a dog that is asking for something in a way that is deemed inappropriate. Examples include jumping for attention, play nipping for attention, barking for you to throw the tennis ball, or barking to get let out of the crate.

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Dogs can jump out of windows - Start with your puppy to prevent separation anxiety and other problems

There are a few preventative measures you can do with your dog to lessen the likelihood of problems later on. Unfortunately, even if you have the best intentions and do all the exercises properly, there are no guarantees of eliminating the problem later on. Regular maintenance is also a good idea.

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Your dog barks out of the window? That could lead to aggression.

Barrier Frustration can occur if a dog is behind a window, fence, or on leash and is not allowed to interact with the environment. After a while, she may get frustrated and aggressive. One indicator of Barrier Frustration having a part in aggression is if a dog barks behind barriers and is calm around dogs when off-leash, but is very aggressive behind a barrier or on-leash. Dogs, of course, can also show aggression no matter how much they are being contained as well.

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Terence Doonan
socialization is very important in stopping a dog from barking all the time, This is very up setting for the dog and needs to be t... Read More
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 14:43
That is great advise! It makes complete sense. Thank you. I house broke my puppy by hanging a bell by the door. i rang it when I ... Read More
Sunday, 24 June 2012 02:42
Jeff Millman
You condition the dog with praise and treats. They are food driven and live for attention (high mainteneace bitches). I think dis... Read More
Sunday, 24 June 2012 02:46
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