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    Hi everyone! Aggie is 13 weeks old and I heard her growl and bark for the first time today. I put her in her crate so I could take a nap and she started. She's never done this before. I didn't know how to handle it! Should I ignore? Should I tell her ssshh? She sleeps in her crate every night and she spends some time in there during the day while I work too. I've heard her cry a little and whimper but she usually calms down and goes to sleep quickly. Today, though, she growled and barked for about 10 minutes. I let her out after she got quiet because I was worried she would start up again. I live in an apartment and I don't want her to develop bad barking habits.

    She gets her final puppy shot next Friday and I think that will help because then we can go on walks and I can tire her out a little more. But does anyone have suggestions in the meantime?

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    Default Re: barking and growling in crate

    Never forget you are in charge. She'll try to "train you." Of course she'd rather be out with you. I am learning just how smart these dogs can be!




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    If she spends too much time in the crate, she will get bored quickly and complain, a tired dog is a good dog. But don't over do it either.
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    Default Re: barking and growling in crate

    She probably wanting to play, and doesn't want in there. Just keep telling her NO in a stern voice. she will ignore you at first but with time she will learn. Plus you did good by waiting until she was quiet before you let her out.
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    Default Re: barking and growling in crate

    Eventually, she will put herself in there because her crate is a peaceful place for her to snooze -- or, as in Bea's case -- a safe refuge from the vacuum.

    Before you put her in her crate, be certain that she is pooped. That will help her NOT learn the habit of barking and getting a reaction as a result. David is right; You were spot on to wait for her to stop before letting her back out. When Bea and Bo were little, I used to give them "a project" when they had to be crated for some reason (repair person, leaving house for an appt.) and I knew they didn't really need a nap. (Of course, when has that ever stopped an EB from sleeping? LOL) "A project" was a kong frozen with a schemere of peanut butter in it or a nylabone (super safe) that they got only for these crating occasions (which made the item "special").

    I never used a crate until Bea came along and I cannot imagine NOT having one for them now. They love their crates.

    And still, when they are being disruptive, I will still often exclaim, "OMG you need a project!" LOL

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    Default Re: barking and growling in crate

    Thanks for the input, everyone!

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