I have two Bostons that have slept in their crates for 6 hours each night in a large (11 x 10) walk in closet. It has become a routine that when 12 pm gets here they automatically run to their crates and get in. During the day they go in their crates for naps. Recently, one of the Bostons began whining in the middle of the night to be let out. Now when we try to get her in her crate she begins to tremble and shake uncontrollably. My husband and I have torn the closet apart looking for spiders, ants or anything that might have scared her.
The only change has been that my 80 year old mother who is blind recently moved in with us and now sleeps in the bedroom. After the anxiety attacks we moved the crates to our bedroom but the Boston still refuses to get in.
Anyone ever heard of a 13 year old dog suddenly getting crate anxiety?
Anyone ever heard of a 13 year old dog suddenly getting crate anxiety?

Yes. When dogs get elderly, they can lose sight, hearing, or memory, just like people. Any of these changes can trigger anxiety reactions.

I'd start out by getting her a thorough check-up to make sure there's no physical ailments causing this reaction.
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I have two Bostons that have slept in their crates for 6 hours each night in a large (11 x ... the Boston still refuses to get in. Anyone ever heard of a 13 year old dog suddenly getting crate anxiety?

If she's becoming incontinent that'll do it, as will a urinary tract infection. Both of these things indicate a need to urinate more frequently than normal. She may know this, or know that she can't hold it for 6 hours at night, and be refusing entry on that basis. If she's going deaf or blind, that'll do it to because her comfort/safetly zone is getting smaller. People generally don't see the onset of these things in their senior dogs. It'll start happening before the humans really catch on. I'd recommend a vet checkup.

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Anyone ever heard of a 13 year old dog suddenly getting crate anxiety?

13 y/o old develop all sorts of anxieties. Very common. Getting old is tough.
Barking is a universal language of dogs right, but what about behavior? I don't know if I'm asking this properly. Specifically I want to know what it means when my BM comes over and puts his head on my shoulder while I'm doing something i.e. sewing, on the computer, reading or on the phone. If I don't respond he'll actually put his head in front of me (impeding my view) and shove my head back with his. Now if I were to personify it, it seems as though he's like a child wanting attention or just doesn't want me to do anything other than be ready to pay attention (i.e. not have any interest in me until I'm doing something). Do other dogs do similar things and doesit mean the same thing?
Am I reading this correctly?
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Barking is a universal language of dogs right, but what about behavior? I don't know if I'm asking this properly. ... something). Do other dogs do similar things and doesit mean the same thing? Am I reading this correctly? Michelle Italy

One of our two dogs sometimes does this when i'm on the PC. She'll come and put her head under my arm and look up.
I just look at her a moment and say something nice. The other dog might sit and look for awhile. Likewise i'll have a look back and say something nice. They'll just settle or wander off. It's no problem is it?
It's better not to try and interpret it as humanlike behaviour. They are dogs after all!