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Old 07-28-2007, 05:03 AM   #1
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Default Puppy has learnt to bark!

We have an eight week old Golden Retriever which we have now had for four days. The first two were great and she was so placid and no trouble. Now however she appears to have learnt how to bark! I have been up almost all night listening to her. I am not going to her when she is barking but it is very difficult!

She sits at the bottom of the stairs in the kitchen yapping away and the only thing that seemed to stop it was when she managed to push open the door into the lounge! We sit in there in the evening and play with her but I don't want her in there on her own really!

She does not bark when we are with her (yet!) so I am guessing it's an attention thing. Is this normal or have we done something wrong that has encouraged her to start, and how much longer will it go on before she calms down again.

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Old 07-28-2007, 05:20 AM   #2
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I think it may be an attention thing, we had this with Abbie, the more she barks in the night-the more you get annoyed-you go an tell her off- she gets attention. Yeah Abs used to do this but with perserverence, Abbie had now learnt she cannot bark and get her own way (Although she does try and push her luck) LOl x
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Since she is a very young puppy and you have not had her for very long, she is probably lonely. The only reason she was quiet the first two days was probably because she was scared of her new surroundings.
What sleeping arrangements does she have? Bed, crate, toys,, etc?
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She sleeps in the kitchen in a basket and has two toys at the moment - a chewy 'thing' that is made out of tennis ball like material, and a rope with knots at the ends which she seems to like. The stairs come down into the kitchen so I guess she hears us when we move around upstairs after we put her to bed.

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Well since she was probably used to sleeping with her littermates and mum until you got her, this is quite a shock for her. I am soft-hearted enough that I would want her in the bedroom with me, but not everyone feels that way.
Perhaps a large stuffed toy for her to snuggle up with might help.
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Thanks - we will try that and Ill get her a cuddly toy tonight.

We did agree though that she would not be allowed upstairs, so as hard as it is (and as I am sure you are aware how sad it is to hear a puppy crying! ) - she sleeps in the kitchen!

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Abbie used to sleep in the kitchen at first but now she thinks its her room! and does her buisness in the dining room part of kitchen (Its combined) need to try retraining her
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Well its a miracle (..I might be speaking too soon).

Last night we put her to bed with a new cuddly toy and one of my old tops, shut all the blinds so it was dark and she did not even whimper. We then didn't get woken up until about 6.30am with just a few small barks but I am putting that down to her being hungry as we normally feed her at 7am. I made sure I left her until 7 before I went down and gave her breakfast. She barked a bit at that while I was preparing it but I can live with that for now.


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A little progress is a good thing. I hope it keeps up!
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