Hi all! We have two pups, a 20 week long coated GSD and a new 10 month old sable sheltie Tintin who we just rescued. While he's as stubborn as they come and hunger struck for 5 days with his new raw food, our biggest issue by far is his barking. He's our third sheltie so we're well aware that they're a barking breed but we've never had one protest this much to crate training. Our GSD Milou used to whine and bark when we were first crating her but he turns every crating attempt into a 30 minute long continuous, high pitched bark protest. He makes our 20 week old pup look like a saint. He's getting tons of exercise (the two of them playing can wear each other into exhaustion). He barks while playing which is normal and playful but can get to be a bit much when he's barking nonstop at Milou because she needs a break to rest. His crate is in the bedroom, it's covered with a light cotton sheet, he has been given various toys that squeak or are stuffed with frozen peanut butter etc and he doesn't have to potty. I keep telling the family to stay strong and not respond to his barking but I'm afraid it's only a matter of time before the neighbors get fed up. Someone is almost always home during the day so he's not alone but the puppy trainer we used for Milou said they should be crated 18 hours per day in the beginning. We're also restricting the amount of time the pups have together to two half hour periods since he has bad habits that he's teaching Milou (jumping on people, counter surfing etc) and they have a tendency to not listen when they're together. He barks when we're home and when we're not home although he barks the most when we're home but not in the room with him. He likes his crate in general and will go in on his own. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to better control his barking? It's affecting how my mother (his owner/person) is bonding with him which is a problem. He's also not very affectionate yet with people and will playfully run away if you try to pet him calmly. We know he's still a puppy but feel very behind on his training since we got him so late.