Hello! I have a 13 week old flat coat retriever puppy who we brought home about 4 weeks ago. We live in a end terrace house, so understandably sound travels! Before we got the puppy we told the neighbours we were getting him and apologised if he causes any unsettle at first. We have been crate training to ensure he is safe when we are out and in bed. Unfortunately this is taking longer than anticipated as he was very sick in his first couple of weeks, so we are only now starting to make progress. Our neighbours know how sick he was and how close we were to losing him. Last week our neighbour came to our door to ask us to stop the night barking, as it’s disturbing them and their children. I apologised and assured them it will get better (we are also having one to one training sessions). Our puppy rests happily in his crate during the day, and I can leave him for 1-2 hours with no crying (I have a baby cam on the crate). The last few nights he settled in the crate at half 10 after about 5 minutes whining and slept through to about 6! However last night he cried at 3, had a wee and went back to sleep, and started crying again at 5. We would come downstairs (no fuss or talking) and take him out for toilet, if he didn’t go we would put him back in the crate. Despite this he continued to bark so we were waiting for a moment of quiet to let him out. Our neighbours started banging on our wall angrily at this point, making the barking worse! I understand it is frustrating but we are working so hard. What else can we be doing? Should I go to speak to my neighbours again? Their own dogs bark so I feel like it’s a bit contradictory, and as one of them works with rescue animals I thought she would understand the benefits of crate training in the long run. If they report us do we not get some time with the council as he is a puppy in training? Already tried - He has blankets over the side and back of the crate. Water available. Crate safe toys to chew. Comfy bed and blanket, pen also attached so he can lay on the floor if too hot. We make sure the room is never cold. We play lots of crate games (ie hiding treats in the crate, giving kongs). He cries when he needs the toilet so doesn’t pee in the crate. If he cries and doesn’t need the toilet we give him a handful of biscuits once he is calm in case he is hungry. Ideally I would want to let him ‘cry it out’ at this point once I know all his needs are met, but we can’t do this as are trying to make our neighbours happy. Should we persist with what we are doing? Give up? The crate training is clearly working as in daytime it’s a positive place for him and most nights he sleeps through. I worry that because we don’t let him cry it out for the sake of our neighbours, he now knows crying = attention of some sort. Unfortunately, our upstairs is very small and the crate won’t fit. He can’t sleep on the bed with us as it’s a very high bed and barely big enough for us! What should I do? Please help!