I've posted my problem on several dog forums, but no one is even looking at my thread. Since I'm a member of macrumors, and i know how helpful people can be, i'm hoping some of you are also pet owners who can help me. I just got an adult (maybe 3 yrs old) Chow Chow/Collie mix from the SPCA. She's a perfect dog in every respect, except one: I keep her in her crate at night when I go to sleep, and she barks for an hour before quieting down. I want her to get used to her crate so when I bring her to my parents house during the holidays, she'll be used to sleeping in a crate. Now, I realize that it's only for an hour and that's not a big deal compared to the other dog stories. However, I would like to know if she'll eventually stop barking after this hour, once she realizes that i always come back downstairs the next morning. She doesn't mind her cage, as long as i'm down stairs with her. but as soon as i leave, she'll bark for an hour and then stop. This is my first dog, so i don't know if this is just her getting used to her new environment, or this will be a common theme. I'm welcoming everyone's opinion on this, of course. Thanks!