I have a Brittany that is 7 months old that barks when she is in her crate when I'm away (I have a webcam set up so I can monitor her while I'm gone). She knows that she only gets let out once she is quiet, so the second she hears me pull up she quiets down. She is also quiet while she knows I am still in the house but once I pull away she starts barking. If it wasn't for the webcam, I would think she is the perfect dog in the crate.
I have tried doing very short sessions in the crate, where I go out the door and come right back in, then try to extend it a little longer but she can't seem to go more than about a minute after the front door closes before she starts barking.
She doesn't bark the entire time; she barks for 5 minutes or so then lays quietly for awhile, then repeats. I am not leaving her in the crate for long periods of time, at most 1 to 2 hours.
She is getting plenty of exercise before I put her in the crate as well, in fact I purposefully get her tired before crating her in hopes of her being tired and less likely to bark out of boredom.
Is there any way I can train her to not bark while I am not home? Is she barking as a way to self-soothe? Any help is appreciated!