3mo. old puppy barks when I leave her gated area of the family room. I've had her for 2 weeks and lately the barking/whining has been getting worse. It sounds like a panic bark, whenever I am out of her sight for more than 10seconds.
Whenver I go away for a period of time I put her in her kennel, and I try not to let her out when she is whining to get out. I sit in front and wait until she settles down.
It sounds like you are using some of the right techniques to discourage the behavior by making her wait to be let out. If you reward her by giving her the attention she demands when she cries like that, she will grow to expect it. Is there any way to see her in the family room from outside the house? One of the things the dog trainer told my friend to do with her puppy who had severe separation anxiety was to let her think you are leaving and then sneak to outside the window and observe her behavior when you are not there. If she lies down and stops the behavior then it is just an attention thing. If she continues the behavior when she thinks she is alone or becomes destructive like my friend's puppy did then you may be dealing with separation anxiety.
MaxandAllie that is great advice!! I have left and stood outside the door and she still barks. I do have a balcony I can jump up on to watch her from the outside. I will definetly do that, but I'm araid id make too much noise and she will notice me! lol
Okay, so - if she is barking to get out of her little "pen" area, which is large, should I just stand there until she quits, like I do with the kennel?
Yes, I believe you are supposed to be consistent with not "rewarding" the behavior by letting her think she is getting her way by acting like that. She shouldn't get released until she is calm. My friend didn't get too far with just the training and ended up with her puppy on doggy prozac. Mostly because she isn't home as often as a puppy owner needs to be. Molly was so bad she used to rock her crate across the floor and get herself covered in poop. Then she tried gating her in the downstairs bathroom and Molly tore up the sheetrock on the walls. She is almost a year old now and finally weening off the drugs.She's finally becoming the pleasant pet my friend hoped for.
My 3 month old cavi puppy also barks when we leave, but I looked in on him from the back and he just lays down. He also starts barking and whining when he hears the garage door open and the key in the lock. When I finally get in the door he's going nuts in his x-pen. To calm him down, I make him sit before I will let him out of the x-pen. This does 2 things; makes him not so hyper and also he won't pee on me in excitement!