Golden Retriever Dog Forums banner

Energy at to deal???

646 Views 5 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  Heidi36oh
OK, Brutus is starting to drive me to jump off the front porch.

It doesn't matter how many walks he gets, or a long visit to the dog park, or time with the laser pointer running around the backyard...he ALWAYS paces around at night usually between 8-11pm. And that's the time we're curling up to watch a baseball game or a movie.
We took down his crate for the time being but even then he would just bark the entire time while in it.

I work at home so it's not that he's home alone all day and just gets excited when people come home so the household dynamics don't really change.

We try to just ignore it and let him clam down on his own but it hasn't worked yet. Anyone know how to deal with this or have the same problem?
1 - 1 of 6 Posts
I would really start working with him on the crate issue. He most likely will pitch a fit in there the first few if not several times. That's normal and to be expected from most dogs. Just ignore his barking and whining and he will eventually give it up settle down. Don't let him out until he has been quite for a good 2 minutes. If you let him out during his fit, he will quickly learn that all he has to do is bark and cry and he will be let out. You can also practice by crating him for short periods of time and let him out after he has stopped barking. Once you repeat this a few times, he should get the hang of it fairly quickly. Just don't give up on it and be consistent. Also, make the crate a fun place by putting a couple of toys in there. You could also toss a Kong with frozen peanut butter in there to keep him busy and quiet for a while. Crate training really is the best method. I couldn't imagine getting by without it.
1 - 1 of 6 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.