10-28-2017, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Nettie1719
Hello, I rescued a Miniature American Shepherd a few months ago, she's six months right now. When we first got her we started crate training right away. She was whining the first couple of nights but after that she was fine, and doesn't make a sound. For the past few nights, she's been whining and howling in 5 or 10 minutes increments for about two hours. I would wait for a break in the crying, and then take her out to pee. She would go, but then wouldn't want to get back in her crate and keep crying. Her crate hasn't really been a "safe space" for her, and my other dog used to go in all the time when he used the it. She'll go in when she's tired, but she is reluctant to do so if she knows we are leaving. Again, she has been sleeping through the night perfectly fine for months before this, any ideas?
Hi! 6 months is around the time when dogs begin to go through an adolescent period, and this is when new behaviours can start to show up. She could have suddenly decided she does not like the crate, or perhaps has some extra energy and doesn't know what to do with it! My dog is around the same age and she goes for two "walks" a day, where I take her into a field close to my house and play fetch for about 45 minutes. You might want to try giving her an extra walk or playtime, or perhaps a few more training sessions to see if extra energy is what is causing the nighttime restlessness. If she isn't going pee every single time that might be something to consider. It also can't hurt to talk to your vet, as it could be something like a UTI or another medical issue that is keeping her up. You could also try leaving her in her crate while it is closed while you are in view, and slowly working up to leaving her in it when you leave. Thus may be difficult if you leave her in there while you work, but crate training can be difficult (I have had to take it very slow with my girl, and currently she is loose in the house when I leave as she still hates her crate!). I agree that a stuffed kong is a great option, although that may make the frequent bathroom trips worse as eating tends to make puppies have to go more!