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Crate Hate

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We have a 5 month old Mini Dachshund named Oliver. We have had Oliver for about 6 weeks, and he's been doing great on most fronts, including crate training! The typical whining for a few minutes at night time quickly turned into going to sleep. However, recently this past week, he started to regress. There have been a few nights where he gets into this frantic barking and just wont stop. He will go for an hour or more. When I've finally given in and gone down to let him outside, he'll go to the bathroom. After calming down for a few minutes while I hold him, He goes back into his crate and sleeps.

Am i don't anything wrong? How do I help him to self-soothe when he gets into the frantic barking? Should I leave him for longer?

I am starting to work with him more during the day - treats to go in, and come out of crate on command. Leaving him in there for short periods of time while I'm still at home, etc.

Anything else I should consider? Please help!! My wife and I would LOVE a full night's sleep.

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Maybe once you get him house trained, you can eliminate the crate. Ours hated the crate when she was a pup, and got to the point that it was impossible to even get her into it. If we tried, her legs all went out sideways, and there was just no way to get her to go in. We changed to closing her into the kitchen and family room, which could be closed off from the rest of the house. After several weeks, with no accidents and no damage to anything, we just let her have the run of the house, which has been the case for many years now. Now she is fourteen and has NEVER damaged anything in the house, and has no accidents. I may be a bit biased, but we think she is the 'perfect' dog.
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