Maybe someone has some advice for this problem. Our standard poodle pup, now fourteen weeks, has never really liked his crate. He now does well in it at night but doesn't like it during the day. I have followed positive training principles -- reward good behaviour, ignore bad -- so I never let him out when he's barking or whining; I have been putting stuffed kongs in with him; I have been putting his food bowl in it. It is always a question as to whether or not he will settle, but in the last couple of days, it suddenly seems much worse and I don't think I have been doing anything different. He now starts barking the second I leave the room. He settles when I return. I'm trying giving him treats in the crate when he's quiet but so far that doesn't really seem to be helping. Even when he seems to be sleeping, if I walk out, he hears and begins to bark. If I just let him bark, he stops after a few minutes but we live in an attached house and I don't want him to bark at all as I am worried about the neighbours. Am I on the right track? (I take him for walks and one dog-park-romp every day so I don't think it is an exercise issue.) Thank you!