How to Stop a Dog From Barking in the Morning

How to stop a dog from barking in the morning.

Many dogs and puppies are excited to get out of their kennels in the mornings. They bark or scratch frantically at their kennel doors.

My former foster dog Barkley was a good example of a dog who didn’t make a peep until he knew I was awake.

The problem was, once he knew I was awake he got really excited and started whining. I’m sure he anticipated seeing my dog Ace and going for our morning walk. This anticipation put him into an anxious frenzy.

I had a strict rule where I did not let Barkley out of his kennel unless he was quiet. But the longer I waited for Barkley to calm down, the more anxious he became. He didn’t know how to calm himself. He just whined more and more. His anxiety increased until he was panting heavily, shaking and getting more worked up.

Plus, his whining frustrated me. A lot. I like my mornings to be relaxing.

So what should a dog owner do to stop a dog from barking in the morning?

How to stop your dog from barking in the morning

We all know it’s best to ignore a dog when he barks. It’s not a behavior we want to reward.

I wanted to ignore Barkley’s whining in the morning, but he needed to get outside, eat and go for a walk.

Here’s the trick:

Quietly get up and let the dog out of his kennel before he starts whining. That way you reward him for being quiet.

Barkley’s whining was triggered by the sound of me walking around when I woke up. I needed to remove that trigger.

Some dogs start barking at a certain time every morning, regardless of hearing their owners or not. If that is the case with your dog, you can still get up a few minutes earlier and let him out before he barks. That’s better than letting him out once he’s already barking.

Once you let the dog out for a potty break, it’s up to you whether you want to put him back in his kennel or let him be loose.

How to stop a dog from barking in the morning

I chose to put Barkley back in his kennel while I went about my morning routine. He whined, but that was fine. I ignored him until he shut up. There was no urgency to get him out since he had already gone to the bathroom. He used to whine for 20 minutes but that decreased over time.

I recommend giving your dog a treat like a Kong filled with peanut butter when you put him back in his kennel. That is a good habit, especially if you plan on going back to bed on a Saturday morning.

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Reward the puppy when he is quiet!

When Barkley whined in his kennel throughout the day, I completely ignored him. He did not have to get outside just because I got home or just because I wanted to walk my own dog Ace. Barkley could wait.

The tricky part is determining how long to wait before you let the dog out. You want the dog to be quiet, but for how long?

It depends on the dog, his level of anxiety and the exact situation.

My suggestion is to pre-determine the amount of time your dog has to be quiet before you let him out. Stick with that for a day or two, and slowly increase the time.

If you are dealing with a very anxious dog, then start small. Require him to be quiet for five seconds. Yes, seconds! Literally count in your head slowly to five. If the dog whines while you are counting, start over. If the dog can’t calm down, then you may need to shorten the time to three seconds.

Barkley could be a very anxious guy, but he did calm down if I ignored him and did other things. Ideally, I waited until he was completely calm and I hadn’t heard any panting or whining for at least five minutes. Sometimes the whining started again as soon as he heard me grab a leash or put on my coat. So then I ignored him until he calmed down again.

I am fortunate to have a flexible schedule where I come and go throughout the day. I could plan Barkley’s schedule accordingly. I understand when you are pressed for time you can’t wait forever for a dog to stop yapping. In those cases it’s best if you can still wait for a pause in the whining, even if it’s just a few seconds.

With an anxious dog, you really do have to work in small steps. If your puppy was quiet today for five seconds, then try for 10 seconds tomorrow and 15 seconds the next day.

It’s frustrating, and it takes a lot of patience. Trust me, I know.

Unfortunately, getting upset and yelling “No!” at the dog is not going to do much good. Most dogs whine because they want your attention. If you return and tell them “No!” that’s usually enough of a reward to encourage the behavior.

So take a deep breath, stay calm and ignore!

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Stop a dog from barking in the morning

What if the dog never stops whining?

I met with a trainer to get some suggestions on Barkley’s issues. I asked her what to do when the dog won’t stop crying.

I liked her suggestion:

If you have to get the dog out of the kennel and he’s been whining nonstop for several minutes, go to him and have him “watch” or “sit” on command. Even if he’s been whining for 10 minutes, he will associate the reward for what he just did (eye contact or sit).

Barkley and I also attended a training class with Abby Cline of Pawsitive Vybe. She said if the dog doesn’t know the command for “watch” or “sit” quite yet, wait for him to do the behavior on his own. Mark the behavior with “yes!’ and reward.

Following these suggestions, Barkley learned that nothing happens when he scratches at his kennel door. Nothing happens when he whines, either. Instead, he learned to sit in the back of his kennel politely and wait for me to open the door.

Barkley made lots of progress. Although he’s one of those dogs who believes he is the center of the universe, he learned the rest of us think otherwise.

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What tips do the rest of you have for teaching a dog not to cry or whine in his kennel?

Let me know in the comments!

Check out this post if you think your dog has separation anxiety as well as my post on how to stop a dog’s barking.

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68 thoughts on “How to Stop a Dog From Barking in the Morning”

  1. Excellent post! I know a lot of dog owners struggle with this situation and these tips are super. I think positive reinforcement is key when working with a kennel/crate. I have been tempted to use a squirt bottle to curb the barking and whining in the kennel but have been afraid that the dog will make an association between being crated and squirted with water. I guess patience is a virtue!

  2. Lindsay,

    Excellent advise. So often we give in and let them win. It then becomes a vicious circle. Consistency is also a must. My Golden Dakota would bark at the neighbors to get them to come over to pet him over the fence. They would do exactly that and then he did it all the time. He knew if he barked they would come over and pet him and give him attention. Huge mistake. In the summer I still have to work with him. If he can get a way with it he will. Now I have a new fence that he can’t see the neighbors. It should be interesting this summer. Patience is a virtue!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Oh gosh. I can think of at least one dog who also barks at the fence. People always come over and pet her. And if they ignore her, she barks even more and then they come over to get her to stop barking. This only teaches her to bark louder and louder. Oh, the joys …

  3. I used to own a dog that would bark in his crate in the morning when it began getting light out. A well placed blanket over his crate took care of that little prob lol

      1. We have a golden retriever puppy who’s 12 weeks old. He is an outside kennel dog. He just recently started barking every morning at the same time, when it’s about time for me to come out and feed him and let him out for a few mins before work. My concern is him doing this on weekends. I really would like to get him to stop barking all together. He’s in a very large kennel, 10x10x10, and it’s not a bathroom issue, it’s just a hyper puppy issue. He doesn’t do this in the evenings when we let him out and feed him. So any advice is appreciated. My concern is our neighbors who have a new baby and I sure don’t want to disturb them.

        1. omg why do you even have a dog. Puppies at 12 weeks old need attention and activity, not a few minutes outside of their crate before they go back in for the day. Poor dog.

  4. I’ve had some success in cases like this in using a ‘pattern interrupt’. I’ll throw a bean bag at the crate from across the room before the dog is able to see me. With some dogs the sound is enough to startle the dog into being quiet for a moment. Once he’s been quiet for a bit I’m now free to enter the room and let the dog out as it isn’t rewarding his whining.

    I’ve even worked with several dogs where the bean bag is enough of a disruption that it stops the whining all-together.

  5. Michelle Barrett

    I just stumbled across your page while looking for infomation on dog backpacks for my high energy 7mth old GSP puppy super post aswell the 10reasons makes me want to go out shopping right now!
    Then the next thing I find is this super post on morning barking, just what I needed to read and didnt even know! My pup Sunny would whine to go out in the middle of the night since we got her and as I was worried about peeing in the crate I would go to her and let her out (for the last 4mths, establishing a SUPER routine ack!
    Now she can hold her bladder but still is up about 5am but I really would love an extra hour of sleep so she has started to bang and scratch on the door resulting in me still going to her since I dont want my 2 toddlers to wake up. She thinks that 5am is the perfect time for her 1st breakfast so that kong with peanut butter may be just what she needs once I can get that barking and whining to decrease.
    Cant wait to read more helpful information, so glad I stumbled across this!

  6. Typically I’m not a huge fan of bark collars. They tend to be spotty in their coverage of barking, they don’t leave any room for discretionary barking, and a lot of them are just set too high and many dogs aren’t clear on what the correction is for. In certain cases where a client has no choice but to leave a dog alone for hours out of the day, the dog HAS TO not bark (due to noise pollution complaints, etc.) then I may use a bark collar.

    What I do use sometimes, however, is a citronella collar as the correction is much easier for a dog to take and can be effective.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Good to hear your thoughts. I don’t like bark collars because I can’t control the correction, but I can see how sometimes there’s no other option if you are facing eviction.

    2. Citronella collar are cruel as the nose of a dog is the most sensitive part of its body . It gets sprayed for barking at 9 am at 11 am it can still smell it and 12 and 1 pm so it’s thinking WHAT have I done? Nothing yet I’m still getting punished with this vile smell.??

  7. I’ve got a 9 month old Pomeranian puppy and I’ve crated her since she was little. She has a black breathable bed sheet over the top of her crate and settles well at night after a little shouting, but no more than 5 minutes. For some unknown reason she wakes up super early in the morning, before anyone has got out of bed or is making any noise and shouts incessantly for up to 30 mins (that’s the longest I’ve held on for) or until someone comes down to get her out. She’s completely silent all night and then at some random early time goes mental. I walk her round the block every night before she goes in her crate. She’s great at the “sit” command as she’s very well trained and will quite happily sit in her crate and wait before I let her out, but telling her to sit before I let her out is not changing her initial waking up early and barking… once she’s out she runs around like a mad bean and then zonks out again. Any help would be so appreciated!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I would let her out before she starts crying. Then if you want to go to bed, put her back in her crate and ignore her. Ear plugs work well! She is probably barking because she wants to get up and start her day! I would try to only let her out of her crate when she’s quiet (easier said than done, I know).

      You could always try a citronella spray collar, if you are comfortable with that idea. It sprays an unpleasant citronella whenever the dog barks. That might actually do the trick in your case.

      1. My dog screatches and whines and howls for hours last time was 3 hours as wouldn’t stop she didn’t get out of crate till 10.30in morning and then I had a dentist so had to put her back if ignore her the time but she came to me like this was worse she used to screatching for 7 hours solid so one said ignore it how for that long I have neighbours and only reason she was quite after 7 hours is she lost her voice ? Lol

        1. Lindsay Stordahl

          Sounds like she needs more exercise and time out of the crate so she is able to settle. Do you think that is the issue?

  8. I have two 17 month old Dobermanns. During the week I’m downstairs by 7am to let them out and give them breakfast, however at the weekends I’d like a bit of a lie-in. The problem is that one of my boys barks incessantly from 7am onwards until I come downstairs, the other one is perfectly quiet. Thank you for the advice, I’ll guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and get up before 7 on the weekends and then try to go back to bed after toilet and breakfast (for the dogs!). Do you have any advice on dealing with two dogs, one doesn’t bark the other does but if I reward the good one the noisey one gets worse!?

  9. I have a 7 month old french bulldog. When we first got him he was good and slept the through the night on his crate u til 6:30 when we usually wake up. Then we discovered he had a sensitive tummy an was throwing iPhone the morning due to an empty stomach so we were advised by the vet to start giving him a snack (I started doing this At 5 because I didn’t want to wait I til he got sick). At some point along the way I started lettin him up in the bed at 530 just for an hour because I wanted to sleep (a huge mistake I now know). Well he is now walkin up earlier and earlier wanting to go iti the bed its now at 3:30. We stopped letting him up but he will whine from 3:30 on. I have put a blanket over his crate, put his toys in there and he does not stop. I am desperate and exhausted please help! How can I get him to stop, at this point it’s a wanting to come up with us thing because in the mornin when I Finially get up at 6 he runs to the bed.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Ignore him. Sleep with earplugs and move his kennel to another room or another level of the house. If he doesn’t get your attention he should eventually stop. You could get a citronella spray collar if the behavior continues but I think he will stop if you ignore him.

  10. This has been a good read and I have a similar problem. My GSD barks every morning from 5am at the door wanting to do the morning routine of a walk and breakfast. I find myself getting so frustrated with him because I have has noise complaints from neighbors. I have found once he knows I’m awake he tends to stop. But I can’t even have a little extra sleep when I need it. Tried to alternate walk times thinking thinking it might help but he still expects a walk first thing. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      If he is kennel trained, I would go back to kenneling him at night. Or, confine him to another room.

      I would also definitely teach him to lie down and stay quietly before a walk for a good five minutes so he learns that calm, quiet behavior will get him the walk. Depending on his level of training, you may need to start with a few seconds.

      Actually, obedience teaming itself should help you. If he is trained to lie down and stay for up to a half hour with distractions, then he should have no trouble lying down and staying in the morning before starting his day. I am not sure where he sleeps at night, but if it’s in your bedroom, then the second he barks, you would be able to say “no!” and then “Down. Stay.”

  11. i just adopted a 9 week old Terrier mix. The lady i adopted him from said he’s a terrier, german shep, lab mix. the mom had a litter of 6 puppies. one of them died. so she only had the 5 left for adoption. since they were born she’s explained to me that they have all been well mannered and that she’s been potty training them in the home to use the potty pads and that they’ve all done really well so far with hardly any accidents.
    when i adopted my puppy just last week i did what everybody told me to do. to put him in a small confined space just big enough where he can turn around and lay back down but not big enough where he would have the option of using the space to also relieve himself.
    i didn’t exactly buy a crate. i bought more like a metal play pen that could surround him but it has many options to configure it how you need it. so the first morning he had to spend by himself i configured it into a 2 feet by 3 feet square. i put his toys in there to occupy himself while i was gone to work. i also placed a pee pad in there just incase. well when i got home later that afternoon i could tell he was not a happy camper. he chewed up the pee pad, pooped in the same space he was in and just made a mess. i can understand though because i know he was having separation anxiety from his mom and his siblings and probably myself. i know he will have to learn and get used to my schedule as time goes on. unfortunately i live by myself and when i leave for work i have no choice but to leave him all by himself in the house for at least 9-10 hours a day while i go to work. i know he needs time to get used to his new home, myself, as well as being away from his siblings and mom.
    well the 2nd morning i decided to configure the gate differently where it would give him more space for him to lay and play and hopefully if he had to go potty then he wouldn’t be stepping all over it. i left him with a little bit of food and water since he’s just a puppy and since i have to leave him alone for 9-10 hours while i’m at work i didn’t want him to be starving or dehydrated. especially knowing that he was crying and whining as soon as i left the house.
    shockingly when i arrived home that afternoon i walked into the house and he was sitting right there in the middle of my living room! little sneaky guy figured out how to move the gate somehow and he got out and had the whole house to himself! i’m not sure how long exactly he was free cause i wasn’t there, but i was very surprised to see that my house was not destroyed at all! i had placed pee pads throughout the house previously and all my bedroom doors were closed just incase he did get out. well he used those pee pads! i was sooooo happy and surprised that my wood floors were perfectly fine!
    the previous owner had told me that out of all of them in the litter he happened to be the one that did really well on the potty pads with hardly any accidents. so i was really happy. my furniture and table legs and cabinets were all fine. my DVD’s were all fine! i can tell that he was playing with his toys and only chewing on things that he’s allowed to chew on!
    well the 3rd morning i had to leave him i thought i’d take a risk and let him have the house again because he had no potty accidents and honestly my house was fine. he seemed much happier anyway that he wasn’t locked up behind a gate. ( who would want to be locked up behind a gate for 9-10 hours anyways) i know i wouldn’t.
    aside from the separation anxiety that he feels when i leave him i thought maybe not being locked up for that long would maybe help him a little bit too by giving him freedom to the house.
    that 3rd day when i came home the house was fine again! and anywhere he peed or pooped it was on the pads! he’s been doing really great so far and is showing me that he relieves himself properly where he should.
    when i’m home i try to use those techniques of ignoring him and not picking him up all the time and closing doors behind me so he can’t follow me everywhere i go. i can’t take him outside yet because he has not had his first shot. i will actually be taking him for that tomorrow. the vet’s office explained to me to not take him for walks or let him on the grass until he’s had all the series of shots. so with that said, it will be about 3 months from now before i can let him outside so until then he’s gonna have to really be using those potty pads! i know he will be a work in progress and i know things will take time but i really hope i can break him from this separation anxiety with the things that i’m doing now. cause i really do feel bad for leaving him all alone for that long while i’m at work but i have to. i haven’t really taught him any tricks yet … i’m still observing him and letting him get used to his new home and me! after all it’s only been a week! : )

    if he shows me good consistency with the pee pads and not destroying my home and making a mess then i am thinking of just continuing to let him have the freedom of the house. we’ll see what happens … so to be continued.

    i really would like for him to be a good house dog and companion, well trained and mannered. do you think what i’m doing with him right now is ok or is this maybe a bad thing for the future ?????

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      In all honesty you are doing all the things I would never do. I wouldn’t leave a puppy loose like that. I wouldn’t use pee pads, and I would use a crate.

      But you know what! Who am I to tell you what to do? It sounds like you are doing ok thanks to the breeder who taught him to go on the pads. It seems to be working for you and your guy.

      Keep rewarding him when you see him go on he pads. A common problem is dogs will get lazy and pee next to the pads. It can quickly become a habit.

      Congrats on your new puppy.

    2. You are going to be in for a rude awakening. And what vet says you can’t take your dog outside for 3 months. 9-10 alone? Why did you even get a dog?

      1. The vet told me because of diseases he can get if I let him walk around in the grass and get into bushes and stuff when he hasn’t had all his shots yet.

    3. I think you’re really lucky that he is not destroying your home and litter training well. I don’t really understand why you got a dog if you are away from home and leaving him alone for 9-10 hours a day, nor why you think that that is acceptable. The poor dog, I think he will become a menace when he hits puberty with all those hours alone with no exercise. Also, are you going to use puppy pads forever? Or fit a dog door? how else is he going to pee etc when you are away? How do you exercise him in the winter if you leave him all day and its dark when you are home. I don’t think you thought dog ownership through properly. Good luck with him, you’ll need it!

      1. Actually he’s doing really good. He adjusted to my schedule in 2 weeks. I did all the things I’ve read about with how to handle separation anxiety and its worked. I can leave him for hours and he is fine now. He does not tear up my house because I basically puppy proofed it. He always goes on the pads when he has to go. I’ve got him trained quite well so far. As soon as I do get home from work I take him for a walk or we go play in my backyard and he runs all over to get his exercise. He’s a very energetic puppy and he’s also a smart one! I’ve had no major issues with him whatsoever. He has plenty of toys to play with which he loves! He doesn’t chew on things he’s not supposed to. He knows what he can chew on. Also now that he’s got all his shots and I’ve been able to let him outside he’s doing well with the transition from pads to going pee outside instead. I do not ignore my dog or not take care of him the way I’m supposed to. i give him plenty of attention and care and work on his training when i am home. i realize that I am gone to work for a long time and that’s reality for most of us. So I would appreciate if those that have commented to my post would stop being so negative and tell me that I shouldn’t be a dog owner.

        1. Congrats, Lin! You have done a great job with him. You sound like a wonderful dog owner. Don’t most of us work full time? That doesn’t seem like a reason not to have a dog. Tons of people make it work, as you are doing.

          We all train and raise dogs a little differently, but that doesn’t make one owner better than another. Plus, every dog is different. Keep up the good work!

  12. my 2yo has in the past month begun the habit of whining and groaning about two hours before the alarm goes off in the morning. the first week i wondered if it were bathroom issues but now it’s obvious that he just wants me to get up. he used to sleep as long as i wanted to. he gets lots of exercise during the day. he used to sleep in a kennel, but for the past year has been sleeping in the bed with me or next to it. if i put him out of the room he scratches at the door and it’s just as disturbing. the solution (to preserve sleep) has been to get up and let him outside and go back to bed for an hour or whatever. but i feel like it’s getting earlier and worse. he used to shut up if i yelled at him, but now he just WONT QUIT until i sit up. do i just bite the bullet? i feel like he’s winning, and it’s making me grumpy, or maybe that’s the lack of sleep.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I think you should go back to crating him or leaving him in another room. Then absolutely ignore him until you are ready to get up. Get some earplugs if needed! 🙂

  13. I have a 13 week old Japanese Chin. I’ve never had a puppy before, so I am learning as I go. She is VERY energetic in spurts and bites like crazy. I know she is teething and hopefully this behavior will stop when the teething stops. My biggest wish right now is that I can get her to stop whining/barking (in her crate) in the morning. On a typical day I get up at 5:45 am and I let her out immediately. Then we walk our other dog and then feed them both. Most days she wakes up anywhere from 4:00 on. She will cry and bark until I get up. Sometimes she stops after a few minutes if I ignore her. I’ve been laying there worrying that she needs to go to the bathroom, so I will get up at 4:00, let her out and then put her back in the crate. The first few times I did this she didn’t go to the bathroom, so I stopped. It seemed to be all about eating. She’s grown in the past month, and I’ve increased her food amount, so that seems to be better. In the past week when I take her out at 4:00 she does go to the bathroom. Then I feel that I can leave her in there until I get up without the guilt.

    Today I did just that, but she cried for the entire 2 hours. When I finally gave up and got up, she had pooped all over her crate. This is the first time she has pooped in her crate, so I’m hoping it was just an uncontrollable accident. She has peed in her crate quite a few times though and that concerns me. She will do it at night once in a while and also when I leave her for an hour or two during the day. There seems to be no reason for it, since I always let her out before I leave her.

    She is sleeping in a crate in my room, which was recommended at first, since she cried all night at first. Once I moved her into my room she sleeps like a champ…until 4. What do you recommend? I read the kong idea. I like that for weekends, but I really want her to be quiet until 5:45 on normal days without developing that king habit…


    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      While she is little, try getting up one time in the middle of the night to take her out for a potty break when she is not barking. So, maybe 3 a.m. or so. Then, go back to bed and do not get her out until you get up when you want to, so 5:45. If she whines, ignore her. You definitely don’t want to reward that habit of barking to get up in the morning. But if you take her out for a potty break in the middle of the night, then she shouldn’t have accidents.

      She should be able to hold it through the night soon, though. So you should only have to do this for a week or two. You could ask her breeder or vet about how long he or she thinks she should be able to hold it at this age.

  14. Thanks so much. So, when I eliminate that 2:00am potty break, do I just eliminate it altogether, or do I start making it later and later until I get closer to the time I want her to wake up?

    1. I would eliminate it all together. But probably wait a few more weeks until she’s a little older and can hold it that long.

      1. i have the same problem in the morning with my 6 month old bernese barking. since i have had her she has got up at 5 in the morning ( give or take 5 mins ) i can set a clock by her. I was getting up letting her out as she was going to the toilet.She sleeps in a utility room at night gated with her own corner. I wasnt to worried at first thinking I had to be up at 6 anyway!!! but what a difference and hour makes !! I felt guilty because i knew she wanted to go out so started letting her out and when she came back in letting her into the next room (with her fav couch) and going back top bed which wasn’t to bad . But in the last couple of weeks she has been barking and doesn’t want to go out all waggy tail pleased to see me and wants up !! once i’m up and a couple of mins going mental (which i’m ignoring and not even stroking her) she lays back down and goes to sleep. Think her trigger is the dawn chorus ? I have tried blacking out the room just in case its the light. Wouldn’t mind if she she slept in to six I have tried ignoring her but worried this will become even more of a habit! I leave her for a few hours every day and we have no problem at all with barking apart from the mornings. is a case of ignoring or should i do something different

  15. I am concerned that my daily routine is forming a habit that will teach my puppy that whining works. The main issue is that in the morning when my alarm goes off, he hears it and starts whining loudly. I try to snooze my alarm, and he continues until a minute before it goes off again, then he starts again. Then I get up, and he continues until I need to feed him before I leave for work, so he isnt stopping at all in that time, and may start to think its the right way to get my attention. Even if I let him out right away, and take him outside to wee, I then get in the shower and he continues until im out of the shower. this morning he started 20 minutes before my alarm is due to go off. Which is even worse. It feels like nothing will stop him whining, and its driving me crazy. I need specific advice.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I guess if it were me, I would change my alarm to a different ring tone. Then, I would set it 15 minutes early or so and let him out before he has a chance to start whining. So, when he’s quiet.

      It sounds like you’re keeping him in a kennel at night. Is he whining when it gets light out? Sometimes it helps to put a blanket over the kennel and to close the blinds in the room the dog is in.

      Does the puppy sleep in your room? If not, maybe you could try having some soft music playing by his kennel (mostly to distract from other noise, like your alarm). Or possibly a loud fan.

      Just brainstorming here. I don’t necessarily have the answer.

      1. He is in the laundry with the back door open and a child gate blocking the doorway to the house. He doesnt make much noise when i lock him up and go to bed. He seems to sleep or i sleep through any noise he may make until 6am. I have changed my alarm now, and I dont get to snooze it. But either way, the second it goes off(the radio), he starts yelping. There is no avoiding it. The laundry door is right opposite my bedroom door. I cant have it go off without him hearing.

        Amazingly, this morning, i woke up naturaly, 30 seconds later, he started whining, 6 seconds after that, my alarm went off. I wont be happy if he starts doing it before I get up. Either way, I need a way to stop him yelping when he hears my alarm. There is no stopping it. If I show up each time he starts, he will never stop doing it.

        Once he is toilet trained, I wont need to lock him up. But thats another issue all together. He wees the second he sees me when i get home from work, or get up in the morning, so I cant take him outside to teach him where to go.

        1. Lindsay Stordahl

          That does sound frustrating! How old is the puppy and how long have you had him? Hoping he just needs some time to adjust to your routine.

          Do you think there’s any chance he’d be quieter if he were in a kennel/crate? That’s the case with some of the dogs I’ve fostered, but not all.

          Does he pause at all with the whining? When you have to go to him maybe you could wait until he’s been quiet for even three seconds. Then, work on expanding that time slowly to five seconds, 10, etc. Really time consuming and frustrating, I know.

          Another trick a trainer suggested to me was to tell the dog to sit,. Then, go to the dog once he’s sitting. That way, you’re at least rewarding the “sit” behavior vs. the crying.

          There’s always the citronella spray collar option as well. I wouldn’t use it on a young puppy or a puppy you haven’t had very long since I think they just need some time to adjust. But it is an option depending on the situation.

  16. He is 10 weeks. I have had him for 3. I dont expect it to happen overnight, but again, im concerned about certain habits forming. He doesnt pause for a second when he whines. I usually stand at the gate and dont open it until he stops. But usually he stops when he sees me, and when i dont open the gate, he starts again, and wont stop for a long time. As he doesnt know the command ‘sit’, he will ignore me if i try it. I only started teaching him that command yesterday, so it will help when he learns it. On the plus side, he has already learnt not to jump up on the couch as soon as i sit down, yesterday he learnt to wait until I call him up.

  17. He made good progress on the weekend. Although it was mainly because the alarm didnt go off. I heard him whine a little at about 6am, but he stopped. Tuesday morning he was right back at it again.

    On the plus side, i have been using a hand gesture with the word ‘sit’ to teach him, and he is responding well to it. I also use it to make him wait for me to call him up to the couch, and he does pretty well with that.

    The main issue now is that he still leaks pee when he is excited or when he knows he has done something wrong. I cant get him outside in time. He is often doing nothing outside, and when we go back inside, he then goes to a corner and pees, or worse. But over the weekend i was home, so i was able to take him out, and even when he didnt have to go, he tried to pee.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I’m so glad you are making progress!

      Sometimes they grow out of that excited/nervous peeing. Although, sometimes they don’t.

  18. I am having a similar situation with my eight-month-old puppy. He will wake up as early as 445 barking until one of us comes to let him out of his pen. It’s hard to ignore him because we live in an apartment complex and I am worried that our neighbors hear him. We purchased pet corrector but have not been as consistent as we should with it. in the past whenever he barked we unfortunately gave into him and came and laid on the couch he would snuggle up and be sleeping again within two minutes. Now we are realizing as his wake up time keeps getting earlier and earlier because he wants to lay with us on the couch that this is not effective and needs to change. Just recently we boughthe pet safe bark box that automatically or manually emits a high-pitched tone whenever the dog barks. Let’s just say this morning he did not stop when the sound went off. The packaging said it could take two weeks for us to see the change however I’m worried that the high-pitched whistle sound overtime will hurt his ears. I like the idea of waking up before he barks but I am not sold on it working.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Does he really need to get up that early? I wonder if you just ignored him for a few weeks, he would eventually stop. I get what you are saying about disrupting neighbors, however.

  19. Why does Barkley have to stay in a kennel “throughout” the day? How awful! Poor little guy. No wonder he is whining and crying. He’s miserable!

    It sounds like you’re a little too hung up on needless rules in your home. Dogs don’t need to be micromanaged, nor do they need to be locked in a little cage all day. They also won’t go wild and destroy everything if they don’t “sit” before eating and the other unnecessary rules you apparently make your dogs obey. For what reason?? It’s not normal or natural for a dog to sit before eating. That’s just silly. Dogs are social animals and they are a lot like us. They want to be with their families. They shouldn’t be locked in a kennel, separated from the goings-on of the house. That goes against the very nature of a dog.

    People just shouldn’t have a dog if they’re going to be locking them in a kennel for extended periods of time. The ONLY time I use a kennel is when we are traveling. At all other times, my dog is with me, where she belongs. And when I leave to go to the store, etc., she stays in the house and waits for my return, as she should. I do not have to lock her away. I have trained her to be independent enough to behave herself while we are gone.

    When she was a very small puppy, we put her in an enclosed area when we left the house in order to potty train her and protect her, but as she got older and we built trust as she matured, she no longer had to go in that area because she’s an adult and can handle herself in the house alone for a few hours. Kennels are not for dogs to live in, nor should they be used as “beds” or God forbid, as a place to “store” your dog. Kennels should only be used for very short periods of time and it should mostly be used for protection of the dog, not as their living arrangement. Even a foster dog should be given as much freedom as possible under the circumstances.

    This trend in crate/kennel training dogs has gone way too far and people are leaving their poor dogs in kennels ALL DAY. This is cruel and abusive to a social animal like a dog. Would you like to be locked in a small box and only let out when you stopped complaining about your horrible treatment? I rest my case.

  20. We adopted Lexi, our 6-8 month rescue Lab-mix two weeks ago. Even though Lexi is already housebroken we keep in her in a crate when we go to bed. She already destroyed a TV remote and thinks anything on the coffee table is fair game. About an inch up Lexi’s tail it is a bit thick and crooked. The director of the shelter said that Lexi injured her tail in her metal crate and at first it looked really bad and they thought they might have to remove the injured section of the tail but they didn’t and our vet said it was ok now. Our Lexi is mean tag wagger. It’s actually funny seeing how the momentum of her tail sways her butt left and right. And instead of barking in the morning or if we get up in the middle night she wags her tail so hard that the thumping sound permeates through out the house because she whacks the walls. Luckily we got a plastic crate and lined the walls with blankets… first to protect her and secondly to allow us to sleep.

  21. What a great post, Lindsay, and you are so right – ignore the unwanted behavior & work on your patience all at once 😉 Reminds me of my puppy raising days. Sigh. It’s not always easy, and I remember certain moments where I just wanted to pull the blanket over my head and have some quiet time for a few hours. Taking a deep breath helped, and leaving the apartment/house for just a few minutes to recenter yourself worked great as well.

  22. Irritated Neighbor

    I keep reading posts saying to put in ear plugs and ignore the barking. What about your neighbor who can’t sleep because your dog is up barking every morning at 6 AM? Should they wear earplugs to? I’m that neighbor who is up every morning because of the dog upstairs barking every morning and it really is getting underneath my skin. I have not complained YET. I’m going to try to talk to my neighbors before doing that. As dog owners how would you handle a neighbor complaining to you about the dog barking? Just curious on the best way to address this problem before it escalates.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I would calmly and politely let them know it’s bothering you. I’m in an apartment and I’m always afraid my puppy is bothering my neighbors early in the morning but no one has said anything. If someone told me, I would do everything possible to make it stop. What I would do is get up early, before my puppy barks or the second I hear him barking.

      Of course, not everyone is that responsible or nice about it so I’m not sure how your neighbors will react.

  23. We’ve had our dog for7 months. Adopted her from a shelter. She’s about 2 years old. She cries incessantly every morning. We have her on the same schedule every day/night and yet she gets up crying very early in the morning even though we don’t get her out til 8:30 every day. We hear her even before anyone has gotten out of bed. We’ve put a blanket over her crate and that doesn’t work. She has not liked her crate from day one but these morning crying fits are getting out of control. Never had an accident in her crate. Suggestions???

        1. Lindsay Stordahl

          I hate to say it, but i’d probably just get up at 7:30 vs. 8:30. Do you think she’s hungry? Or has to go to the bathroom? Or just eager to start her day and get out of the kennel? Is she getting plenty of exercise during the day? My weimaraner is 12 months old and still cries in his kennel every morning at about 6 a.m. I haven’t been able to stop the whining either so unfortunately I just get up. I’m in an apartment and can’t ignore the barking due to close neighbors. I’ve debated using a shock collar with a remote but just haven’t done it yet. Instead, I’m up every day by 6 a.m.

  24. Charlene Walker

    My dog is now 6months and 1 week. He was great from the very beginning although didn’t go into his cage, had to put him in, but once in he would just lie down and accept. But for the last 6 weeks he’s started barking from 5am every morning, sometimes i leave him and sometimes i’ve let him out for a piddle, which he does and i put him back into his crate but i don’t want that to become a habbit, sometimes i leave him and he’ll bark for 20min and stop for 20min and then start again. What do i do as no matter if we take him for 2 good walks and keep him awake during the day, he still wakes us up that early.

      1. Hi Lindsay – that’s really good to know, thank you. Only problem is it gets so light so early in the morning so the light might be a better idea in the winter if this continues? We’ve put a black sheet over his crate to try and keep it darker for him, however if this does continue while light I might even just go ahead and try it. Thanks for your advice.

        1. Lindsay Stordahl

          You might try a sound instead of a light. Like, set an alarm to go off or the radio timer or whatever.

          1. What about the radio to come on? Last night he barked all night from when we put him in his crate – I gave him a long but he didn’t use it at all and is now lying licking out the treats and peanut butter

          2. Lindsay Stordahl

            I meant set a timer on the radio for it to come on to signal time to get up (similar to the light on a timer).

            Where is your dog’s crate located? The barking all night and refusing the kong sounds like some anxiety unfortunately. Is it normal for him to bark at night when you put him in the kennel? Maybe try having it in your room by your bed for a few weeks. Not ideal, I know, but might help him settle down.

          3. Hi – sorry he started barking from midnight about an hour after he was put in the crate but unfortunately I didn’t hear him. Would that not just make him want to stay in our room indefinitely and then he’ll not want to sleep anywhere else? Our previous dog always stayed in our bedroom but he could be quite restless and therefore when he got old and very ill it was the worst having him in our room and I swore never again. It’s so hard knowing what to do. Oh and his crate is in our kitchen/dining.

          4. Lindsay Stordahl

            If he normally doesn’t bark as soon as he did last night, I’d leave the crate where it is. If he’s barking that soon (only an hour after going in the crate) you might have to have him in your bedroom. I’d say just for a few months or so until he gets used to being quiet. I understand, I don’t want my dog in our bedroom either. I value my sleep too much! Haha.

          5. Hi Lindsay
            Right so I’ve moved him into the utility room and still has the dark sheet over him; I’ve blocked the windows out; he’s got an old jursey of mine in with him and he’s got an adaptil collar on … I can only live in hope!!!

          6. Hi – ok so update:- Oscar is now in the utility room and not in his crate at NIGHT time – he goes into his beanbag and is happy there and sleeps through the night with no moaning! If we leave the house then we leave him in his crate as he knows we’re actually out of the house!!! Hallelujah it seems to be working for now and I’m sleeping again oh and I think the adaptil plug in will be much more affective xx

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