How do I crate train my dog to not whine when I leave the house when he’s used to being crated with other dogs?

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I adopted my 5-month-old puppy from a foster family where he was crate trained with his brother. The two of them always went in the same crate together. Now that I have just one of the puppies, I have been re-training him. He is comfortable being in his crate with the door closed, even if I'm in the other room. However, as soon as I leave my apartment, he whines and barks. (He is fine being left with other people, just not completely alone.)

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I've tried crating him with toys, treats, his food, but as soon as I leave the front door, none of those things keep him occupied. I've only tried for 10 minutes at a time. When I come back in, I don't acknowledge him or give praise until he's quiet and calmed down, so as not to reward the whining.
posted 1 week ago
Annie Rygiol

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