Apollo's barking at people

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Ok here's what I got this time, hope I can get help here.

Apollo loves to be around people and loves to play and really just be loved (which is not a bad thing). There are times when people come over and he will play and play but sometimwes he will get carried away. I will usually let him out to run off the energy then bring him back in bu to his crate (so people can be a little more at ease). When he is in the crate, he gets wild and starts whining and crying, recently, he went on a crying rampage when my sister in law picked up my newborn baby. He does not get agressive just whines with a mild bark (more like a screetch). I want to figure out what I can do to keep him calm when he is in his crate and people are over and also how I can keep him from getting over excited when he is not in his crate. Any information I am sure will help greatly. Thanks.

 

P.S.,

We will crate him because he gets too excited and almost knocks people holding the baby over. The baby came after we got Apollo and I am not going to get rid of Apollo because of the baby, it's obviously not his fault.

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I only wish I could get Tayoh to bark/make noise. He's very... quiet. He grunts, and will bark at people at night if he's outside, but if he can see (during day/when lights are on), he's the silent 'I am watching you' dog. 

I wish I could offer advice, but I'm not really sure what would be a good answer, so I'll let someone a little more experienced try to help. I'm glad you are trying to work with Apollo, though, and not just try to rehome him because he's getting excited. (That's how people think around here, it's horrible.)

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Are his favorite toys in there waiting for him? Something new to chew perhaps? Sometimes I give Buddy a treat or two when he is well behaved in the crate with the door closed So he knows it is a happy place. Never while he's whining though. Congrats on the new baby!

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Believe me, I know that ear-piercing, wine glass breaking, window shattering shriek. Sofia gets that way when she smells or hears a cat.You'd think she was being annihilated.

It's got to be very taxing, as you are no doubt stressed to the max and totally exhausted. Apollo feels that too and might be reacting to you.

I am hoping someone else will give you some suggestions.. I don't have any, the only way I've been able to prevent total chaos is to get between Sofia and the window, blocking her view and trying to distract her.

Congratulations on your newborn.. would love to see some pictures of him or her.

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Try a Kong with frozen peanut butter.... wait, isn't there a recall on Peanut butter?  Sigh....

Kong with frozen wet food?  Anyway, you get the idea.  Something that will take him awhile to get through, so that he is calmed down when he is done and hopefully go to sleep.

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For whatever reason, Apollo doesn't like peanut butter, AT ALL! I have left his Kong toy in his crate and come back and he didn't even touch it. That is a good idea with the frozen wet dog food, what food is best though? He eats Taste of the Wild now so I would want to give him something comparable.

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I am sure Taste of the Wild has a wet food equivalent.  Just pack it in there super tight and make sure it is frozen solid.  Wet food is mostly water, so when you go to feed him his regular meals, don't cut back too much, just a little.