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Increasing whimpering at 6 mos.
Goldie has started whimpering quite frequently when she's in her expen or crate. It doesn't seem to matter how active she has been before hand. I'm not sure what to do about it besides try to ignore it but ignoring it is very difficult since we're a family of 4 and one of us eventually caves in and wants to take her out. I know that's reinforcing the wrong behavior. This is fairly new...she whimpered occasionally before but now it's several times a day, for longer periods. We have been giving her more time out of her pen so I'm wondering if she's gotten used to that freedom and attention from us. No matter what chew toy she has with her, she will not chew it in her pen or crate. When she's sitting with us in the living room the same toy could keep her busy for 30 mins or more, but she is completely disinterested in any toys in her pen (and has been this way for months). The only thing that interests her in her pen or crate is a treat but that only lasts so long, even in a kong. Any tips on how to handle this?
On another note, we had a trainer come once at about 12 weeks and we participated in a puppy class which was more socialization than training. Admittedly we are still very much in the beginning stages of training. Is it recommended to have a trainer come again? And is there a window of time in which certain things should be taught? Our major concerns at the moment are the whimpering, teaching her the "off" and "leave it" commands, and recall.