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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-11-2016, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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I can't sleep!!!!

I think I need to move Loki out of our bedroom. He has been sleeping in a crate by my bed. He is still getting up to pee in the middle of the night - I think the hospital messed up his schedule. But he will cry for several minutes when I put him back in the crate even though I don't talk to him at all. If he sleeps until 4:45 he won't go back to sleep at all.

Even worst is that he wakes me up even if he is just adjusting or dreaming.

We have a Richell expandable crate with his pee pad in it in the family room. Would I be terrible to have him sleep there? Is there any reason to have him in our room other than to get up with him.

I need to be able to sleep.
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Ruby has always slept in our family room and has been perfectly happy.



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He's probably testing to see how you react to the crying.

If you can tolerate the barking/crying/whining that you may initially get when you move him to the family room, there's no reason he can't be happy to sleep there as long as he is kept warm in winter (or cool in summer).
He'll get back to normal once he gets used to the new sleeping location and realizes that you're not falling for the crying/whining.
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I have Lola in a crate next to the bed at night. She regularly slept until 6 a.m. at first. When she started getting up earlier than that I'd put her in her x-pen in the sun room as soon as she woke up. It has pee pads, a chewy and a crate in it. I'd close the bedroom door and go back to bed ignoring her protests.

Two things happened....at first she would eventually quiet down in the x-pen, next she went back to the 6 a.m. wake up schedule in the bedside crate. She must have figured out she'd rather stay in the room near us.



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There's nothing sacred about sleeping in the bed room. Many of us just LIKE having our dogs in the room with us. When we got Kodi, Dave was not keen on getting a dog, and there was NO WAY he wanted the dog in the bed room. (plus, our bedroom was really too small at that time) So for the first two weeks, my son and I took turns sleeping on the couch near Kodi, to make sure he settled in OK. After that, he spent his nights in his ex-pen with crate attached. He could get up and use his litter box as needed, and never woke us up by crying. By the time we had the house remodeled, two years later, Kodi had his hooks in Dave's heart, and Kodi moved into the bedroom with us. There was no question but that the girls would sleep in our room from the start. HOWEVER, ours are all quite at night. They get popped into their crates when we are ready to go to sleep, and wake up around 7AM unless we get up earlier. If we want to sleep in on the weekend, we let them out for a potty run, and we all go back to bed. Then they will sleep quietly until whatever time we want to get up.

If they were noisy in the bedroom at night, I wouldn't want them there either!


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I think it is important to make the sleeping arrangements work for you. Loki is going to be around for many years and you need your sleep! He will adjust to the new set up. My last dog slept in bed with me and it got to the point where it really did disrupt my sleep. The older I get the harder it is for me to get a good nights sleep - between the hot flashes, aches and pains, and just needing it to be quiet. Molly sleeps in a crate next to my bed but it only works because she is perfectly quiet all night. If that ever changes I may have to make some adjustments myself.



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Thanks for all the input. I think we are going to try the family room for awhile. I can ignore his crying from downstairs a lot better than in my ear. He is a noisy sleeper - he roots around to find a new comfortable spot every couple of hours. Or I am having hot flashes, one of us has to get up to go the bathroom, etc. and are afraid of waking up Loki.
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I have Lola in a crate next to the bed at night. She regularly slept until 6 a.m. at first. When she started getting up earlier than that I'd put her in her x-pen in the sun room as soon as she woke up. It has pee pads, a chewy and a crate in it. I'd close the bedroom door and go back to bed ignoring her protests.

Two things happened....at first she would eventually quiet down in the x-pen, next she went back to the 6 a.m. wake up schedule in the bedside crate. She must have figured out she'd rather stay in the room near us.
Pauline - When you say you leave a chewy - is that something edible or just a chew toy? thx
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I should have been more specific....My definition of chewy is her smelly pretzel shaped bully chew.



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Shama has always slept in a crate with the door open within a 2x6-foot ex pen in our dining room. Picture attached to show set-up. We don't put her pink training tray in there anymore unless we're leaving for an extended period of time. She doesn't have accidents overnight or during the day when it's not in there. (She is usually free to roam when we are home with her, but sometimes we close her in the ex pen when she is particularly restless and seems to need a nap. She doesn't often go into the ex pen to nap on her own, but she doesn't seem to mind when we put her in there, and then she does indeed nap.) I'm sure Loki will get used to sleeping overnight in your family room. Maybe you could turn on classical music to keep him company. Shama listens to classical MPR while we're at work. As far as chew toys go, our highest recommendation is bully springs (which are easier for a Havanese to hold than sticks) and water buffalo horn (which my father-in-law sawed into four sections to make it easier for Shama to handle). Shama was wild about pig's ears when she was little, but they made her face messy, and Karen (I think) told us they're good for puppies who would otherwise chew things they shouldn't but bad for dogs as they're fattening. We'd heard good things about antlers, but Shama has not given hers much attention. Good luck, Barbara. You definitely need your sleep!
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