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UGH! Ana is not getting the hang of being in her crate at night... Last night she whined straight from 3am to 7am. I expected lots of whining when we got her, but not TOP-OF-YOUR-LUNGS, 5-hours-straight whining every night for 2 months! :D Especially when my other pup hardly EVER whined when she was a pup.

How long did your dogs take to get used to their crate? Am I doing anything wrong? This is what I do:

She goes to bed at around 11pm, she starts whining at about 4am, so we quietly and quickly take her outside to pee without saying anything or petting her, and put her straight back into her crate until 8am. She has tons of toys to keep her company, and she can see us all night.

We ignored her when she whined in the past, but now that she knows she's not supposed to be whining, we either say or shout 'NO'. What else can we do? I'm thinking of getting a water bottle to squirt her with.

Help! :lol:
 

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Fun topic, and really it can depend on the dog.

Some dogs like the NO shout as it shows you are paying attention and are still there. My best advice would be to try and make the crate a rewarding place. With my current male pup Moto, who is a little whiney, we have the empanada trick.

Basically we open out his blanket, he climbs on top and lays down and we curl the blanket over him making a nice little packet of fluffyness. He come out when he gets hot later but a tickl of the ears and he will settle down quite happily. I think the blanket wrapped over him gives him the sense of security and comfort he needed to understand bed was a nice place after all.

Try tucking the pup up warm in the blanket and tickling his ears for a while and soothing him, let them know bed is nice and warm and a place where they get love and kind words before going to sleep. Just try to reassure them a little that its a nice comfy place where they can sleep and be safe.

I hope that helps, but its a tricky one because some pups are just born whiners!!
 

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My puppies were crated right next to my bed in my bedroom with me and my other dog(s). We had no problems. The whining is because she is suddenly alone (as opposed to where she was before and she's very stressed). Where is your pup being crated?

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PaulaEdwina said:
My puppies were crated right next to my bed in my bedroom with me and my other dog(s). We had no problems. The whining is because she is suddenly alone (as opposed to where she was before and she's very stressed). Where is your pup being crated?

Paula
Same situation as you... At the end of my bed, right beside my other dog (seperate crates).
 

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Our pup has settled down and sleeps thru the night without whining. She is in another room with a blanket over the crate and if she whines she gets a FIRM "NO"! And no more attention from us. But we havent' had Lily as long as you have had Ana so I am guessing that maybe you should make it where she cannot see you.
 

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asdf.0 said:
PaulaEdwina said:
My puppies were crated right next to my bed in my bedroom with me and my other dog(s). We had no problems. The whining is because she is suddenly alone (as opposed to where she was before and she's very stressed). Where is your pup being crated?

Paula
Same situation as you... At the end of my bed, right beside my other dog (seperate crates).
Well heck that's all I got, except the crat was where I could put my hand, but I don't see that making a huge difference.

Sorry.
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I have busters crate in another room this way when he is in there he cant see us which is a big plus so :

Move the crate to another room

Turn off all lights so she knows it is bedtime ( you can have a night lite on :wink: )

Put something in her crate that has your sent on it like a shirt that you wore all day this will help sooth her

Put a toy in there like a kong or nyla bone and leave it in there as this will be her "crate toy" and it will give her something to chew while in there in case she becomes board.

Make sure she potties before you all go to bed so if she does whine you know it isn't because she has to go out.


Hope this helps some.I used all the above in my post for Buster and never had a problem.
 

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It was definately better! She was more or less quiet from 11pm to about 6am! She had a few spurts of whining, but not as much as before. Thanks for your suggestions, guys. Finally, a decent night's sleep!! \:D/

I think it also helped that she didn't nap in the evening... I've tried keeping her awake before, but when she wants to sleep, she REALLY wants to sleep, lol! It was hard to wake up such a cute little pup up before, but the less sleep I get, the more I don't care if I'm interrupting nap time :wink: :D .

I'm going to keep the blanket over her crate, and probably move her walks to later in the evening to tire her out right before bed. Thanks again!!
 

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Also, someone posted a wile ago about a water bottle. Anybody remember that?
 

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nanniesrock said:
Also, someone posted a wile ago about a water bottle. Anybody remember that?

Yeah, I do. It was a warm hot water bottle to feel like MOM. Only thing to be careful
of is them chewing it and then having a wet area to sleep in or choking on the rubber.

asdf.0 - Glad you got a night's sleep, she will settle in soon.
 
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