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When Mayzie first came home, she loved me immediately and didn't want me to leave her. When she was in her ex-pen (which is about 4 feet away from me), she would cry and whine. If I left, she barked even louder. I did try ignoring her, but the other 2 people who lives here (DH and DD) were on me to put an end to it faster. I tried using a loud noise (similar to pennies in a jar...I used pebbles in tupperware), but no. So I resorted to using a spray bottle filled with water, and when she barked inappropriately, I said "hush" and squirted her once in the face. She didn't like that sensation, but it certainly didn't hurt. If she barked when I was out of earshot, I returned, said "hush", and squirted her.
It took a few times (like 3) and a few evenings (like 3) and she completely stopped. It stopped when I was within eye shot, and it stopped when I wasn't.
She also barked and cried when she slept in her closed crate at night. I moved it to my room, I even tried sleeping with her crate on my bed, but ultimately, I had to put the crate on the floor, and when she barked, I said "hush" and squirted her once. It stopped almost immediately.
I know there are other opinions on using punishment, and I am not offended if others say this is not a good way. Just wanted to give my two cents on what I used when this happened to me.