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We have a 6-month-old  male Goldendoodle named Jasper. My daughter who is away at college brought him before going back to school. The dog can not live at school this year so he is living with my husband and me who are 57 with some health issues. He did go to a puppy obedience class which he did fairly well in, however, we are having some major difficulties with him. He barks incisively if one of us leave the room, or home. He is sleeping in a crate which he was doing well in until a few nights ago, now he will not stop barking. His puppy jumping or nipping is less disturbing. We can not have the continued barking and whining. Does anyone have any suggestions to help us?  We are desperate, getting no sleep which is making it harder to care for him.  

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Comment by DonMarie & Picco on Monday
Maybe talk to a trainer about a private in home lesson to help you out.
Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on Monday

I'm sorry nothing seems to be working for you Maureen. It must be terribly frustrating. I will go back to just one thing I mentioned and that's obedience class. Learning to respond quickly to basic commands and having a competent instructor to lean on can make a world of difference. Best of luck to you!

Comment by Maureen Bis on Sunday

Ian, Lily and Nessy, Thanks for your advice also but my daughter doesn't want me using his crate for punishment and at his age right now he would destroy any place I could put him for timeout.

Comment by Maureen Bis on Sunday

Thank you , CJ Gracie and Quinn all for your various advice unfortunately for me I have tried them all. He is crated when he goes to bed otherwise he can follow into other rooms that are not gated off. He barks whenever someone goes outside the house, or into the bathroom. His crate is in the den because he is a light sleeper and my husband gets up a lot at night. So usually I stay awhile in the den with him with calming music on till I feel he is asleep then sneak out. He is on leash except when in crate which I hold a lot or wrap on ankle or wrist if I am doing things. When he barks I say no bark but he just looks at me like I'm joking and continues. He does the same with nipping or biting like he thinks it is a game. I am trying all outlets I can think of or here of from kind people like you Thanks, Maureen

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on September 9, 2017 at 8:40am

Hi Maureen. Puppy months can be very trying, they usually do grow out of it all, but I know that thought is not very helpful at the moment. It's good to hear you have gone to obedience. Is it possible that you can do another class? I am a huge fan of obedience. It goes a long way in helping with bonding and strengthening communication, which is more than just learning to respond to simple commands. Also, the trainers are often a valuable resource in helping with other issues at home, such as what you are describing.

I have some thoughts and I have some questions, so here goes....

When you say he barks when you leave the room, I am wondering why he doesn't just follow you. Do you keep him in a crate at times other than during the night?

Where is Jasper's crate located during the night? When our Gracie was a puppy, we ended up bringing the crate into our bedroom. Initially I put it right beside the bed next to me and when she started to fuss, I put my fingers through the crate and shushed her and she would calm down. After a few days, we moved it away from the side of the bed, and she stopped her whining and fussing at night. She just didn't want to be alone.

What are you currently doing when he barks?

For during the day, you might want to try something I read in a puppy obedience book... Attach Jasper to you. Where you go, he goes. I did this with Gracie intermittently for a couple of weeks. I bought a leash that was made for this. It had an adjustable belt-type clip on the end and I just clipped it around my waist. You could also accomplish the same thing by sliding any belt through the loop end of the lead. You want to use about a 6-foot lead for this. What this does is it allows you to interact with him constantly which allows you to give him immediate praise or correction. It also makes him learn to be responsive to you. Carry treats and give them freely. If he barks, give a little pop on the leash and say "no bark" or "quiet." If he responds, treat immediately and say "good no bark" or "good quiet."  You should do this when he barks even if he isn't connected to you.

I'll stop there for now Maureen :)  but will add that training a puppy is exhausting, but it will pay off immensely. Let me know what you think about all of this. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on September 9, 2017 at 12:26am

Another possibility.  Puppy time-out when he gets nippy.  Crate, or other confined area, away from you.

Try 5 minutes, or longer if that doesn't settle him down.

Comment by Maureen Bis on September 7, 2017 at 5:35pm

Thank you DonMarie & Picco for your advice. I appreciate the help.

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 7, 2017 at 6:42am

What worked for me with my barking pup was a citronella spray collar.  I would put in on when I crated Picco and still put it on at night because he will bark at noises or when the newspaper comes.  If he's nipping during play you can try giving him a toy to bite at.

If you click on Blogs and enter nipping or biting or barking into the search box you can find more advice.

Comment by Maureen Bis on September 6, 2017 at 10:26pm

Thank you for your answer about exercise. He goes to day care 2-3 times week. and dog park other evenings. He has a lot of toys that we play with and I have tried the leash pull and no bark cause that was suggested by the teacher at the school. He still persists but Thank You.

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