So we (my Fiancè, myself and our dog Ava) recently moved into a new house. We previously lived in an apartment and Ava slept in our bedroom, in a crate (lack of space and she seemed to like to see us when she slept). We initially got her in that apartment, she got accustomed to the apartment and sleeping where she could see us. Fast forward to our house move. We’ve kept her on the same schedule the only difference is that her crate is now downstairs and not upstairs in our bedroom. We take her for long walks and exercise her constantly. She’s only in the crate to sleep at night and when we are at work (our schedules overlap so she’s typically spending 5-6 hours in the crate during the weekdays).
She’s now taken to barking/whining at night when we crate her, which we totally ignore and she stops and falls asleep. The bigger issue is her barking and whining in the morning. She’s usually up barking over two hours before she typically gets up (based on the schedule we’ve been on for over a year). We know it’s attention barking because as soon as she hears us moving around upstairs or coming downstairs she stops. I’m currently sitting near her crate and she can’t see me but hasn’t barked in over 40 minutes. I’m concerned about her barking in the morning to wake us up. I’m assuming this is just because she’s not used to these new surroundings and may have developed a touch of separation anxiety. Any advice on how to deal with the barking in the morning would be appreciated.