Good morning/afternoon/evening Everyone! My boyfriend and I are having some barking issues with our puppy- and yes I know puppies do that :dogtongue2: - but it's becoming really frustating especially for Daniel, who has never had a puppy before. I know that we crate her a lot Monday through Friday, and that we need to come up with a "more strict" day to day routine. Such as adding a nice walk, coming up with a proper play and nap time, etc. Our main problem right now is that in the evenings we eat dinner fairly late... Like around 9pm and sometimes later... I blame our recent college graduations and new work schedules. In the evenings she is out of her crate and playing/napping from around 5pm to 11pm, and I think the napping is creating the bigger issue. She still wakes up between 6am and 7am to go the bathroom. Our "issue" is that once she's brought back in she starts barking and whining in her crate; we've tried covering the crate and ignoring her, but she's very persistant and we give in when she's quiet to let her out taking turns who goes and plays. We are trying to fix the evening so she stops napping around 9pm; however, we aren't sure if she will go back to sleep in the morning. She had an amazing week last week with sleeping until 7:30 or 8am. Along with the barking in the morning she's becoming more nippy and outspoken. She will talk back to us and nothing we've done stops it. Sometimes it's cute and other times it's terrible. I can't even tell who's dominate anymore... Us or her. Over all I know that we aren't doing a great job- yet! This week we are trying to figure out a better schedule for her, but I was wondering if anyone had any tips? I realize that this post is very sketchy and maybe a little confusing- sorry about that. It's getting earlier and earlier when she gets up and barks! Today it was 5:45am, yesterday 6:15am, the day before 6:30am. We don't know what to do! One of isn't getting enough sleep and that's leading to anger issues. I don't know what to do... Who knows what time she'll be up tomorrow. I changed her schedule and added a walk and a no naps after 9pm rule, but it feels like things have gotten worse. We still take her outside when she first barks then when we bring her in and put her in her crate she thinks it's playtime or maybe she's lonely, I don't know. Anyone have any thoughts?