Macula has always slept in her crate(in our bedroom) she goes in right when we go to bed and stays there until morning. The rest of the day she's allowed to nap wherever she wants.
But in the past month, she has been getting grumpier about this. She grumbles when Hubby orders her off the bed and into the crate, and worse, she has taken to whine and grumbling in the middle of the night, waking us up :-(
I think that she's feeling neglected and lonely, the boys are still taking up most our time. If it's late enough through the night (post 3am) I'll just let her out, and she'll curl up on the bed at my feet and sleep quietly. Hubby hates this, and thinks that we're re-enforcing her behaviour. His habit is to take her out of the crate and close her in the basement figuring she'll learn from this. My fear is that, eventually, she'll decide that she'll chew up the boys' toys or something while down there alone.
Why has she started doing this?
How do we get her to stop?
TIA
Marie
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Maybe it's time to re-assess why she's in the crate at night. Is it to house train her? Keep her from chewing kids toys? Keep her off your bed? Does she really need to be crated at night now?
If those times when you let her out she simply sleeps at the foot of your bed, and causes no trouble, my instinct would be to make the crate optional at night. Leave the door open, but allow her to choose her sleeping place.

We did this with Guinness when he turned about 2 and a half. He would start the night with us, then after about 30 minutes, go downstairs and sleep in his crate anyway.
Otherwise, start rewarding her when she goes into the crate, just like you did when she was a puppy. Resist all temptation to use it as a punishment, but try to make it a fun place again.
Good luck!
-Shannon
Is she having trouble holding her pee all night?
Perry
We did this with Guinness when he turned about 2 and a half. He would start the night with us, then after about 30 minutes, go downstairs and sleep in his crate anyway.

Our's did almost the same thing. He wanted on the bed at night when he was younger, but as he got older he preferred not to be interrupted by us rolling over and moved on into the living room on the couch or recliner. Never bothered us again at night after he checked on us in bed and then went to "his own bed."
..Oh, whining is their way of training you. Usually they win so it continues.
Mack
I only used the crate long enough to house train then away it went. My two have the run of the house and I don't have any problems. I used to be I'd have 2 dogs and 2 cats in bed with me at night. Over the years the dogs have decided to sleep on their beds on the bedroom floor. Barney is always in the room with me or in the hall outside the door. Brandy usually sleeps upstairs to but sometimes she will sleep on the couch downstairs.

If she's able to hold herself and not messing in the house then let the crate door open and leave her choose where to sleep. If she really likes the comfort of a soft bed maybe a new soft cushy doggy bed to sleep on would make her happy and she'd happily sleep in beside the bed rather than on it.

Celeste
in my opinion, she may have gotten lots of lovely attention at first when she was being introduced to the crate, loved doing the task for you, but since then, after she gave it all she got by handling the long nights, she is now letting you know that it is affecting her happiness. what i would do is immediately stop forcing her to crate, and just leave the door open from now on so she can start using it again by her own will, so she can reminisce abotu the good ole days eventually. Slose theI think that you will devistate the dog by putting her in the basement and make her feelings hurt even worse, in the long run you will alter the extent of her level extreme happiness to only a partial happiness as a dog that has been hardened. ITs best to spoil dogs and only scold them when they get out of line within reason. I would suggest getting a little child barrier in your doorway assuming you are leaving your door open because of your boys, and when she start whining or scratching on that, immediately repremand her then as soon as she listens, lays down like a good girl, get out of bed and pet her and tell her good girl.

then when she does it again, you do it again, this goes on a few times until she gets the point. then she will be happy to lay by your doorside without having to be crated. wolf
Macula has always slept in her crate(in our bedroom) she goes in right when we go to bed and stays there ... My fear is that, eventually, she'll decide that she'll chew up the boys' toys or something while down there alone.

i think your husband is right, you are reinforcing that behavior. if you ignore her whining, it will stop eventually. if you really don't want her sleeping in your bed, and you don't want to be kept awake, you could put the crate elsewhere in the house (i know, i'm cruel). my dogs sleep in their crates in their own room, downstairs, while we sleep upstairs. when Lola was a pup, she would whine at night, but we just ignored it and she's stopped. now if she makes noise at night, we know a potty trip is in order.
-kelly
thats not exactly treating the dog as a fmily member now is it, its more like geting rid of your problems at night, and using the creature during the day, not fair to a life! read my last post please

wolf
thats not exactly treating the dog as a fmily member now is it, its more like geting rid of your problems at night, and using the creature during the day, not fair to a life! read my last post please

in my case, it's making sure both of my dogs are safe.

i read your post. i pretty much ignored it when you suggested that putting a dog in another room would "hurt their feelings". they're dogs, not children.
-kelly
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