You’re right, he doesn’t know how to settle himself in the crate. You could also put a tshirt you’ve slept in with her so it might feel like she’s closer to you in her mind. In his book “After You Get Your Puppy”, Dr. Ian Dunbar describes a set up where the crate is in a playpen at night. The bad news is that it sounds like they have established this routine and breaking it is going to be hard. I just saw this comment; I apologize it took me so long to reply. A new move? There’s been a bit of change recently with a new housemate in the house. Why Dogs Bark. I totally understand. Hello! Give it a daily routine. The food we feed the dogs is Natural Balance Lamb and Rice formula. It’s almost as if he has to go outside to go to the bathroom, but he just stands on the porch and doesn’t do anything. One, something has started making noise in the middle of the night that’s waking her up. After I’ve moved the pad the main issue I’m having is one of them peeing on the floor really early in the morning – they would bark and wake me up at 5:45 am but some days there will be a puddle of pee. In your case, it sounds like the simplest solution would be to prevent the dog from being able to get into your room. I sit with him next to the crate in respect to my neighbors. Some nights it takes her 2-2.5 hours to settle down and go back to sleep. Even if we don’t agree with an owner’s past approach, it’s important to constructively help them towards a positive reinforcement approach. I’m wondering if her crate has gotten too small for her and that’s the reason she doesn’t want to be in there. It also comes with its challenges. I do try to teach her that the crate is fun- I feed her treats every time she goes in, give her stuffed kongs whenever we leave her there while we’re out of the house. My dog insists we should get up at 3am and other stupid times in the mornin just because my mum ends up going to the bathroom during the mornin. It’s putting a strain on my new relationship. Mostly for potty but not always. so he probably does need to go at least once during the night. When he’s getting up at 2:30, are you able to see what he’s actually doing outside? You don’t deserve the dog and I’m glad it doesn’t listen to you. Since then, she wakes us up around 4a every morning and whines until we feed her. Studies have shown that 14% of dogs between the ages of 11 and 12 experience some level of cognitive decline; only 2% of those were seriously affected. He cries and whines at around 3 every morning. Examples of those are the Kong Wobbler and the Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug. He just wants us. One other thought I have, which could help a lot of people here in the comments section, would be to try and make sure the dog is getting sunlight during the day to keep that circadian clock ticking on the same schedule as us. We also take them out first thing in the morning also, around 7 AM. Finally, if there is room in the budget, a dog walker is always a great option to get the dog out without having to change your schedule. She doesn’t sleep in a crate as she was a puppy mill puppy and terrified of a crate. This is something we can certainly help with, but it’s much more than I can reply in a comment here. She is potty trained but within the last month she has been waking us up at 2:30am to go pee. He sleeps on a bed next to Jake’s crate. If we can try to get up before she starts to bark, we can teach her that quiet is what gets her out of the crate to go potty. She wants to play then go out for a pee. If we don’t respond he barks. This is clearly animal cruelty and I pray these degenerates don’t have children and never do. He will also bark whenever he needs to be let outside to go potty. I am SOOO sorry for the delayed response! Hi Anne…So you’ve met Freddy. I wake up and take him to potty and then sit next to his crate for about two minutes and then I go to sleep. On occasion, a dog less than one year of age may start waking up at night after several weeks or months of sleeping well. Barking is one type of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things depending on the situation. Investing in a pair of earplugs may be a wise choice! He used to sleep with us during night time in the past, but recently one month ago he decided not to sleep with us anymore during the night, but he come univated every single morning disturbing our sleep. I’m fairly sure it’s the younger dog. My sister had a neighbor move in next door to her college house. If it seems like your dog is barking because of wanting to be fed, walked, etc, it would help to start giving your dog those things at the same time every day so that it knows when to expect them. I let them out to pee around 10:30 pm at night but also they seem to pee several times before their bedtime. Please help. Is this hopeless? As I was walking around my house opening all the curtains just now, I realized that I never do that when I’m not in quarantine. I know giving in to her middle of the night barking only rewards the bad behavior but I can’t let her bark it out… My husband is a doctor who works long shifts at the hospital, and I can’t have her waking him up multiple times a night so he’s sleep deprived before 24-hour shifts at work. document.getElementById("thinkific-product-embed") || document.write('