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This barking is driving me CRAZY!!!
(Meant to start new thread, sorry)
Bella rarely barked..doesn't bark at strangers, doesn't bark at visitors, doesn't bark at dogs.
She is just over 6 months old, sleeps in her locked crate in the kitchen at night. Has been fine with that. When she wakes up in the morning (early, 6:00 or so) she starts to whine and bark. She has been doing this for a long time now but it used to be a whine and whimper and now it's a LOUD bark. She won't stop.
I go down and open the crate to let her out to pee and pay some attention to her but then she won't go back in the crate or even stay gated in the kitchen with her toys or food. She wants us to be with her and will bark and bark until she gets her way.
I have tried everything. I have let her bark it out (she can bark non-stop for more than an hour), I have tried to reward her for being quiet and not barking (but as soon as I walk away she starts up again), I gave her treats, toys, everthing I can think of.
Summer is coming, windows are open and this has got to stop. I don't plan to start my day at 6 am and she is going to wake up the whole neighborhood with this barking if I don't give in to her. She is not reliable enough to roam the house alone yet.