So hit a new milestone today - a neighbour came round to complain about all the barking our 4 month old puppy has been doing. ☹️ Not a fun conversation. I was doing best to be apologetic and say we are trying to work on it but she was just mean and thinks we are cruel to ignore him in the crate, or to have him in the crate at all. I wonder if anyone could give some advice of how they schedule their day to avoid the puppy barking to ask to be let out the crate? Or for meals or just cause someone walked past the crate? The only thing we find that works is to have him on a strict routine of letting him out say every hour, and to wake him up if he is asleep. Otherwise if we start leaving it longer he always ends up getting more and more barky until he barks as soon as he goes in. Although he can now go for 3 hours during the day in between wees. We keep trying to have him out the crate but he usually only lasts up to 5 mins before he gets too excited and starts chewing furniture or mouthing turning to biting if he doesn’t get put in the crate to calm down. He spends longer out in the garden where he will lie for a while happily chomping little twigs. Every time we let him out we do training sessions with him in the garden. He gets two walks a day and is going to start tomorrow also on a lunchtime walk. He does pet gundog training classes on a Saturday. He is a working lab. He went to daycare once last week and is going to go once a week from next week after he has had his kennel cough vaccine. Our dog trainer said he is ‘always on’ and we should work him not let him just bumble about as he gets worked up when he doesn’t have a clear task. Any tips or other people’s experiences would be very welcome! Thank you!