So every night Frosty sleeps on the bed, but halfway through the night, he jumps down and gets into trouble. Last night, I could not get him to settle down. I ended up blocking him in in his crate with some space to roam and potty. I don't know what to do. I got him the crate so I could stop setting up and taking down the playpen. I can't make myself do it anymore. But he can't hold it through the night yet. I don't know what to do with him.
Wait, you put him in his crate with the intention of him going potty in it? That kind of defeats hte purpose of crating, I think. Keep him in the crate all night, set the alarm clock for 3 hours after bedtime and get up to take him out. Then after you get back to bed, set it for 3 hours later. By then he shoudl be good till morning.
How old is Frosty? Are you letting him outside before you go to bed? I have a 5 month old boxer who is crated every night. We make sure she goes out right before we go to bed. She does not wake us up in the middle of the night to go outside nor does she do anything in her crate but sleep. She goes outside at 6 am every morning.
I'm not sure what to do with him. If I let him sleep on the bed, he won't stay, but if I leave him in the crate, he can't make it through the night. I don't know where he should sleep that he could have freedom, but wouldn't be tons of work to set up and take down. He's six, almost seven momths. I take him out, but he isn't good with bladder control yet.
My Bichon is 4 months old tomorrow and has been put in the crate on the side of my bed since day one. In the first week I had to let her out every 2-3 hrs. Then one night she made it through from 10:45pm to 6:45am. What a joy that was. Now she'll stay in her crate even up to 12 hrs, if I oversleep. I try not to make her wait that long, but she'll wait until I get up even after the "guys" are up. I have had 3 dogs that were all crate trained and it works. If I leave the house for a short time during the day, I will leave her in the kitchen gated. I have to make sure I put the toilet paper up or I have a pile when I get back but she does great. For longer times away she gets crated in the kitchen. I actually have two crates, both left over from my other dogs. One a schnauser & one a keeshound mix.The larger one stays in the bedroom, the smaller one in the kitchen and in the car for trips...just keep it consistant and Frosty will adjust...Good luck. Julie
what i do with my pug is tether him to my bedpost. i use a cable thing for small dogs that is 12 feet long. he can't chew through it. i loop it some so it's not 12 feet long. he has a bed on the floor and sleeps there, and he can move around, but he can't get up and run around my room and he lets me know if he needs to go out. it works for me. but, i don't let him sleep on my bed. you could have the cable long enough to reach some papers for pottying in the night if you want.
I am having a similar problem with my puppy. She has plenty of bladder control as she stays home alone all day and has never made a mess, so I'm confident that she can hold her self all night, however she does sleep ALL day, which seems to make her not sleep much at night. Around 9 or 10 or 11 she will get tired and sleep, we try to keep her up as late as possible, but lately she gets up anywhere between 3 and 5 am. If I get up at 3 with her and take her outside she will pee, but once we get back in the house she just wants to run around and play. She is seven months old... does it get better? Any suggestions on some way to keep her up during the day when we are not there?
I've started crating him at night. It has gotten a lot better. Only one accident yet since I posted this. It's hard for me to to sleep with him there, but it's all for the better. Try keeping your dog in the crate and not getting up with her to tak her out. If she has accidents, that's one thing, but if not, leave her. She's only learning that she can get out and play by barking. Be sure to take her potty before bed and in the morning. Excuse me for the bad wording in the title! It makes no sense.
I have a 1 year old dachshund, that I am home with for the majority of the day. At night, he sleeps in my bed & ends up waking up around 4am every morning. (no matter what) He knows he's not allowed to jump off the bed, so he whines for me to put him down.. I put 2 gates in my house where he can't get into any carpeted rooms, and when I get up at 6am...he hasn't had any accidents. I don't know what he does for those 2 hours...he's always got his toys out of his toy box, so I guess he just plays by himself. He's a good dog!