Currently I am crate training our 13 week old Bichon/Shizu mix. She still whines/cries briefly when put in her crate at night...but it doesn't last for long. (We have had her home for 3 weeks.)
My questions: She tends to be very sleepy between 8:30-10:00 p.m. She will sleep on the floor! I take her out to potty before putting her in her crate at 10:00 p.m. She usually doesn't go, I think she's too tired. Should I be putting her in her crate to sleep earlier?
Also...We have her crate in our 1st floor laundry room during the night (with a night light...a few toys...towel over the top, etc). During the day we move the crate into our kitchen/family room area. Is this an okay way to handle the "crating"? Is she still crying at night because she doesn't like having her crate in a smaller room?
And lastly (for now!)...when she wakes up in the morning (after sleeping w/o waking from 10:30-5:00ish) she will occasionally have peed in her crate. I'm sure she needs to go out as soon as she wakes...and I am quick to get her when I hear her calling at that time. Will she outgrow this? I put a small towel in her crate each night...and change it (or wash it) when she has an accident. Should I not be putting a towel in there??
The sleeping around 8:00ish -- she's a puppy and needs naps. Unfortunately she has choosen a poor time to take a nap (think of a baby napping right before bedtime, if they do that, they don't sleep well at night!). Try playing with her REALLY well before 5:00ish (if possible) to get her to nap a little earlier. That way you can play with her again right before bedtime. Or better yet walk her right before bedtime. I try to take my dog (a maltipoo) for a 1.5 mile walk around 7:30-8:00. She is tired out for the night and sleeps like a baby. In fact if she feels I've stayed up too late, she goes and crawls into her bed by herself and glares at me when I come and turn the light on to get ready for bed. As to the whining - she's testing you. She keeps hoping that you will come and let her out to sleep with you. Again think of a child trying to extend their bedtime. Be firm and ignore it and this behavior should go away. It may take awhile, but what's a month or two when you will have her for 14 years.
As to the accidents, she may still need to be let out during the middle of the night. Hopefully when she is older this need will stop, but until then you might try setting your alarm to 2:00, getting up and letting her out, and then letting her out again immediately when she wakes. It's a pain for you, but then you don't have to clean up any messes in the morning.
I take her water away from her about 8:00pm...is that too late? This is our first puppy (or dog of any kind for that matter!!). It's just like raising our first child. We want to do it right...but trying to use our instincts about what is best for her and for us!! LOL
So...try to keep her more active between 7-9 p.m. If she seems sleepy then...should we just put her in her crate for the night?? Even if we're still up?
I can try waking her up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night...but, truthfully, even when I take her outside at 9:30 (before bed!) she is so tired that she rarely goes!! She just lays down on the grass and tries to sleep. Even the first week that she was home, and waking up around 2ish...she rarely actually peed during that time! But, it's worth a try.