We picked up a gorgeous 5 month old puppy from the pound over the weekend. She is really a affectionate dog that is just happy to be around you and seems to have no desire to run off. We also created a outdoor dog house for her, and our side fence was getting completed the day after we got her - to our amazement she actually got out but luckily just sat at the back door waiting for us! The problem has since been fixed with the dog house.
My main concern now is the fact that she is such a loving dog that she is very whingy when we leave the house or put her away for the night. Ultimately, we would like to be able to leave the dog house unlocked so she can walk in and out as she pleases overnight. We attempted that last night but all she wanted to do was sit at the back door. Also found that she tends to wait at our side gate aswell, in anticipation for us returning home. This also turns into some whinging and howling of a night - but we never go down to see her while she is like this.
I just don't want this to turn into some ongoing behavourial problem and would like to see if anyone else has had the same experiences. Is it just her settling into the new home or should we be doing something different to make sure this doesn't become a problem?
And last but not least, what's the best way to teach a dog not to bark at something. She is quite got but we catch her out a bit of a night and don't want to yell out at her since this can be seen as "joining in". Suggestions would be great.
Thanks in advance!