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Old 04-23-2014, 10:24 PM
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Just out of curiosity, how many of you who have had puppies have experienced a slight relapse in crying at night while in the crate?

I'm typing this in bed and Merlin is screeching like a banshee, which he had not been doing until a few days ago. I'm ignoring it, since he went out immediately before he went in the crate, but it's not fun to listen to. I'm thinking of dusting off my ear plugs.

Is this a common thing for puppies to relapse on or am I just special? XD
(The reason I say relapse is because he's either cried at night or in the morning for the past four days, which is completely out of the norm for him)
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:37 PM
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Just out of curiosity, how many of you who have had puppies have experienced a slight relapse in crying at night while in the crate?

I'm typing this in bed and Merlin is screeching like a banshee, which he had not been doing until a few days ago. I'm ignoring it, since he went out immediately before he went in the crate, but it's not fun to listen to. I'm thinking of dusting off my ear plugs.

Is this a common thing for puppies to relapse on or am I just special? XD
(The reason I say relapse is because he's either cried at night or in the morning for the past four days, which is completely out of the norm for him)
If you know that he doesn't need anything, he's ok. Give him a Kong or something to calm him down for the next few days. Even when I do that, Sam sometimes straight up wants to lay with me instead of being crated. Some days he runs in on his own volition when he's his tired. Other days I have to coax him and he has to settle himself. Sometimes (like right now) he does a quiet woofing until he falls asleep. But he isn't wailing. He eventually falls asleep.

Pups go through phases-a second fear phase around 6 months if I remember correctly. Make sure he's not scared. But other than that it's normal and he's fine. Cover the crate, kong him.
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I've never experienced a relapse. Maybe he isn't ready for bed or maybe he does have to potty again. It happens to me all the time, as soon as I get settled and comfy in bed, I have to use the restroom lol. I would just take him out to potty again, just in case.
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He's quiet now, thankfully. I'll have to get a kong set up for the next few days. I'm laying off pumpkin for him while I'm changing his food, so I'll have to find something else to give him in the kong (which he had previously had in his crate).
Thanks for the advise guys!
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My first thought would be that something is wrong. Perhaps an urgent potty break is needed. Or he's just not ready for bed.

Idk, I've never actually crate trained a dog. I mean, Tigger is somewhat crate trained, but I didn't do it as a pup. I'm just thinking about how when Tigger starts exhibiting an unusual behavior or won't follow a cue, there's usually a reason bigger than him just being a brat. So I'd be more apt to let the dog back out for an extra potty break or extra cuddles or playtime, then put back with a chewy or kong.
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I had a long reply typed out and then I accidentally hit a link on my phone and now my post is completely gone.
@TiggerBounce I honestly think he just doesn't want fun play time to end.
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I had a long reply typed out and then I accidentally hit a link on my phone and now my post is completely gone.
@TiggerBounce I honestly think he just doesn't want fun play time to end.
If that's the case, don't let him out. Stay strong and find your earplugs.
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If that's the case, don't let him out. Stay strong and find your earplugs.
Thanks! He quieted down after about 10-15 minutes, but woke up whining at 5:30 this morning (which I did let him out to potty then, but he's back in his crate until my alarm at 7).
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My puppy never cries or has cried in the crate,he's almost 6 months now.I keep a large playpen type thing he sleeps in and stays in when I'm not home(he's big and too large for crate,lot more room in playpen).anyways,last week I moved his playpen to the other side of my room!not where I always keep it. I went to go to bed and he was crying,barking and having a fit.So I moved it back to where it always was and he fell asleep,crazy dog.Im wondering if anything changed in his bedtime schedule?Because that little change set my puppy off.Thank god it was an easy fix.Good luck with your little guy hopefully you can get some sleep.
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Relapses suckkkkkkk.

Kongs are still good-it'll keep him quiet and reward him for being hushed at the same time (WOOHOOO! No work involved lol).

I put a ton of different stuff in Koda's PB is for when I'm in a rush and being lazy. I typically puree carrots and apples since it's what I have on hand and she goes nuts-though it will sometimes freeze to the chopstick more than just pb. I always add layers of kibble or the like as filler and since it's layered it makes them hard to get at. You can put pretty much anything your dog likes in puree form.
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