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Good evening ladies and gents! Happy Saturday!

So it has been officially 1 week since we brought our little chocolate bundle home and what an experience it has been! We love him to pieces already and he gives us sooo much love!

I am stressing over a little behavior that I would love some feed back on, and I should preface this by saying I know its only 1 week, but I do have a tendency to worry and overreact.
When we wake up with Mossimo, we take him to go peeps, he goes we try to have a really fun and tiring 30 minute play session, and then time to gate him in his pen (which is filled with occupiers, kongs, chewies, etc) so I can shower and get ready for work. (And then another play session before I leave) Mossimo starts barking like a mad man, loudly too! A major temper tantrum. I feel like he is waking all our neighbors up, upstairs and outside too. I am the one getting upset over it. I know everyone says to ignore the barking and let him bark, but I am feeling so upset thinking that he is barking so loudly and 6/7 am and disturbing people.
We are trying to get him used to being in his pen for short periods of time when we are home and even then he still barks like a mad man!. Which I know is his "demand" barking, and typical for a new puppy, and that he is just getting into a routine... its just sooo loud and so early.

*not to mention for all you Cesar milan watchers out there, Im sure my worrying energy and anxienty energy is feeding his frenzy

Has anyone else ever suffered from this feeling? Would love to hear your feedback - Thanks!

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Good evening ladies and gents! Happy Saturday!

So it has been officially 1 week since we brought our little chocolate bundle home and what an experience it has been! We love him to pieces already and he gives us sooo much love!

I am stressing over a little behavior that I would love some feed back on, and I should preface this by saying I know its only 1 week, but I do have a tendency to worry and overreact.
When we wake up with Mossimo, we take him to go peeps, he goes we try to have a really fun and tiring 30 minute play session, and then time to gate him in his pen (which is filled with occupiers, kongs, chewies, etc) so I can shower and get ready for work. (And then another play session before I leave) Mossimo starts barking like a mad man, loudly too! A major temper tantrum. I feel like he is waking all our neighbors up, upstairs and outside too. I am the one getting upset over it. I know everyone says to ignore the barking and let him bark, but I am feeling so upset thinking that he is barking so loudly and 6/7 am and disturbing people.
We are trying to get him used to being in his pen for short periods of time when we are home and even then he still barks like a mad man!. Which I know is his "demand" barking, and typical for a new puppy, and that he is just getting into a routine... its just sooo loud and so early.

*not to mention for all you Cesar milan watchers out there, Im sure my worrying energy and anxienty energy is feeding his frenzy

Has anyone else ever suffered from this feeling? Would love to hear your feedback - Thanks!
I didn't have exactly your problem, because our house is far from anyone else's, and Kodi was a VERY quiet puppy for his first few months. But then... HE FOUND HIS VOICE!!!!! and we went theough a fairly long (or at least it seemed that way) period of demand barking. I was told all the things I suppose you have ben told... ignore, turn your back on him, cover his crate... Nothing really worked in the short run, and at the time, it seemed to go on FOR EVER. I also worried that he would bother other people, mostly in our classes, since he would bark continuously any time he wasn't being actively asked to work. (for instance if we were trying to listen to the instructor explaining something) I finally actually dropped the class and started taking private lessons instead for a while, because it was so embarrassing.

In the long run, he did stop for the most part. He can still get a bit demanding at times, especially if I am working and can't stop to play with him. (I work from home). But now he knows that if I turn my back to him, he's just not going to get my attention, and he'll "huff" at me and go lie down again.

I can imagine how anxious it makes you feel if you are worried that he is going to bother neighbors. But fortunately, they are not little for long, and hopefully your neighbors will be patient. Let's face it, there could be a HUMAN baby in your unit, and THAT noise would go on for YEARS!


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Thanks Karen! I was so surprised to hear how loud and fiesty his bark is for such a lil pup!!
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check the article again. This is an extinction burst. You have to be patient. Make sure not to interact in any way. Reward him for times he is quiet when just vegging.

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oh yeah, if one person reinforces with attention, you're back to square one. Get everyone on board.

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check the article again. This is an extinction burst. You have to be patient. Make sure not to interact in any way. Reward him for times he is quiet when just vegging.
Thanks Dave, yes I have been reading the article. When you say reinforce the good behavior so now that he just laid down on his pilllow to relax and go to sleep, should I go and give him a treat?
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yep, do this on a regular basis from time to time. Especially now when training for calm.

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yep, do this on a regular basis from time to time. Especially now when training for calm.
Yay! Just did, and he stayed relaxed and calm. +1 for me Thanks Dave
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I just read through Dave and Karen's post and I have to agree with them. I recently went through this same thing with Timmy. We too are in a single family house at home, but our beach house is attached so I needed to do something. My trainer told me to totally ignore him, this includes all family members and housemates too. I not only had to train Timmy with this but my family also. It took a little time, not much, but ignoring totally worked. I feel your pain in worrying about the neighbors but the more you tell him to be quiet or even distract him with toys you are only reinforcing that behavior. Good luck!

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I just read through Dave and Karen's post and I have to agree with them. I recently went through this same thing with Timmy. We too are in a single family house at home, but our beach house is attached so I needed to do something. My trainer told me to totally ignore him, this includes all family members and housemates too. I not only had to train Timmy with this but my family also. It took a little time, not much, but ignoring totally worked. I feel your pain in worrying about the neighbors but the more you tell him to be quiet or even distract him with toys you are only reinforcing that behavior. Good luck!
Jenny, thanks so much. I'm glad to know that this worked for you. We are really trying to ignore but my skin crawls when he doesn't let up and it's 6am!! How long was "not too long" lol!
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