help! Whining, barking driving me up the wall!

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Laith never whined or barked before. He is now whining NON STOP. In the crate it gets so bad I can't even sleep at intervals from 2a.m., 5 a.m. etc. It starts as a whin, then barks. 

I take him out - put him back in. If I ignore him it gets to where a friend heard it downstairs, outside. The only thing he responds to is be being very angry and I know that isn't the approach I need to take. 

When out of the crate, he will bark at every sound he hears. I can get that under control easily- but this other drives me up the wall. It has been 4 days now - every night and very bad in the morning. 

This pup is in the crate a fraction of normal. He gets 2-3 hours of playtime outside, another 1-2 inside each day. I can't imagine when I start working what will happen when he is in it during the day.

What/how do I fix this. Is this normal? 

Thanks! Your sleep deprived friend,

Allee

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I don't think being firm is the wrong response. It's hard not to let your frustration and anger show through when you discipline but that's where you have to come from. Firm, reprimanding, tone but not anger. I don't use it often but sometimes the Only thing that breaks Steve of his howlin fits is a shake of a pepsi can with pennies in it. Two shakes a loud "No!" and he quiets down. I think Laith is testing you to see if he is in control. I know you need sleep but maybe this weekend you can go to bed and prepare not to sleep so you can break it. I'd stop letting him out, it's rewarding him. I doubt he needs to potty he just wants out when he says so and so far it is working. Offer wine and ear plugs to your friend and say it's almost fixed. You can do it! Just troubleshooting at this point. :)

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Has anything changed about his crate?  Your detergent for his bedding?  Or anything.  Have you checked his belly over? 

I know it sounds crazy but when Kizzy was a puppy, all of a sudden one night she started barking and whining.  It was unusual for her, so I took her out.  She peed, but it didn't really seem like it was excessive or anything.  Every time I put her back in the crate, she started up again.  Eventually, I caved (when I know I shouldn't) and brought her to bed with me.  While trying to get back to sleep, I realized that when cleaning a couple of days before, I had switched her crate pan.  I have some that are metal, some that are plastic.  She had been on metal, and I had switched hers to plastic.  From past experience, I had learned that her father seemed to be allergic to plastic and I realized this could be Kizzy's problem.  I checked her belly, and sure enough, she was reddish there.  I switched her pan back to metal the following day, and never had the issue again. 

Granted, that's probably a remote possibility but sometimes they really are trying to tell us something and not just being brats.  Although, the brat possibility exists too.  After all, he is learning that when he acts up, you come and get him.  Are you letting him outside when he barks?  Is he peeing excessively?  Could he have a urinary tract infection?   

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Get another puppy... lol! Just kidding- Cisco does the same thing... He usually just wants to be with us- Its hard to not give in when you need to sleep and function to take care of them and work etc... Who knows with these little masterminds!?!?!?

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Thanks everyone

@Glengate: I actually thought about that. But he seems ok. He did tear his bear he was given by the breeder on day 1. So that hasn't been in the crate. That is the only difference. I am going to sew it up and try to give it back to him. Yes, when I take him out - it is only to pee outside. That is all- and then back in the crate. He is still young so I don't chance him going out. But it is not excessive -- only him going because he knows what is expected of him.

@Cisco & Jes: It is just some things that drive you up a wall. His whin is like scratches down a chalkboard at times. ha-ha. And I love him to pieces so I can't imagine what it sounds like to other people around me. I might try the pennies in a can. He does not like loud noises at all! I have noticed the last week or so he has become very attached to my leg. If I take a step his nose is about 2 inches in front of me. A couple of people have even commented on it this week in public. ha-ha He is like my shadow. I have tested with it a little. He will stop if I sleep on the couch instead of in the bedroom. And he will stop (temporialy) when being very harsh with him. So far, my neighbors have been very nice. We make sure he gives them all kisses outside. ;) mastermind at his best!

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George (now 7 months old) has recently developed this incessant barking when we chastise him or he wants something and its driving us insane! we dont have any problem with the neighbours but would appreciate any advice on making him stop..... short of strangling him lol

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Squirt bottle and firm NO BARK- nothing else, no attention no petting or soothing as people like to do.  Just no and if the action doesn't stop immediately a squit to his butt.   Quite amazing what a little squirt bottle can do...:)  when Rocky is really insistant and I've told him twice all I have to do it pick up the squirt bottle and he stops and just glares at it.  he knows...

 

Dang dog will run and play in the pond and rain all day long but God forbid he get his with a tiny stream of water from that bottle.  hurts his pride I think....

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I don't have the prob with the crate at night... Skye roams. The only time she is in the crate is when I go to lectures and noone else is at home. She does bark at anything and everything that makes a funny noise... EVEN MY SISTERS VIDEOGAMES!!! lol  I was playin assassin's creed brotherhood yesterday and the sound of the sword fighting set her off. We don't pull out the meeeeeeeean ol' squirt bottle unless we think the neighbors will mind. Her bark is usually hoarse and low, but when she's "protecting" us, it gets high and shrill. It's actually kinda cute and i can't help but giggle when she barks at the neighbors chihuahua!! He's this sweet little ball of fluff and her bff, but she gets all excited and goes into a frenzy when he's outside and she's not. lolz! He usually runs for cover.