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how to start sleeping out of crate at night

Hello, Cora is 7 months old and sleeps in his crate in my office - where I spend most of my days in. He sleeps through the night and does not wake us up to pee in the middle of the night. We thought we would increase the time we spend together by letting him sleep out of crate, in our bedroom. Every night at bed time, he hides below our bed and we thought he was asking for this anyways. Maybe it was introducing two new things - being out of crate and being in our bedroom in the dark excited him too much, he walked and jumped and talked the entire night. We tried to sooth him, to give down - stay commands, to ignore, nothing worked. He was back in his crate at 6:00AM and has been crying ever since.
I am feeling horrible now. Did we not do it right? Are we expecting too much too soon? Are we spoiling our puppy and he will soon be out of hand?
Would appreciate if you share your experiences.
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Maybe start with just snuggling with him at night on your bed and bring his crate in your bed room. He might fall asleep on the bed or jump off and go to his bed. If he continues to make to much noise I would just go back to the old sleeping arrangements.

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We don't want him in the bed while we are sleeping because he is a french kisser. It doesn't go well with a snoring hubby. Although it is hilarious to watch.
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I think he wanted back in his regular bed.
Me too.

Kodi loves snuggling with us for an hour or so before we go to sleep, but then he asks to go in his crate, and he wants the door CLOSED! (he'll cry if you don't close the crate door!)


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We don't want him in the bed while we are sleeping because he is a french kisser. It doesn't go well with a snoring hubby. Although it is hilarious to watch.
And hilarious to read about!!

If you don't want her in bed while you are sleeping, I would not rock the boat and get her confused about sleeping in her crate. If she is happy in his crate, I would let it be. There are some who prefer to have their pups in bed with them and the dogs seem happy there. I am a restless sleeper - doesn't work so well for me. And I made sure that my Havs got used to their crates from the beginning. The doors on my guys' crates are left open at night. Finn's crate is blocked in the kitchen, so he can't get into trouble. Augie's is in the living room, and he will roam from crate, to couch, to other couch, to floor in front of couch. I guess he is as restless some nights as I am.

Oops - is Cora a he or a she? Sorry, if I got the he/she thing wrong!

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ya, I'm confused, WHY do you want him sleeping OUT of the crate, yet don't want him in your bed??? If you don't want him in your bed, let him keep sleeping in his crate where he is comfortable!!

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Stick with the crate! There is plenty of time to snuggle before bed. The french kiss had me LOL!
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Oops - is Cora a he or a she? Sorry, if I got the he/she thing wrong! [/QUOTE]

Cora is a boy. It is short for Corazon in Spanish, which is a masculine noun and we like the idea of calling him our heart.
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You can put his crate in the bedroom. He will feel secure in there. He will probably prefer to see you, so you can put the crate on a table or large storage container. I keep a night light in my bedroom. This way when my guys need to go out to potty in the middle of the night, they can see





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ya, I'm confused, WHY do you want him sleeping OUT of the crate, yet don't want him in your bed??? If you don't want him in your bed, let him keep sleeping in his crate where he is comfortable!!
because sleeping in close proximity is a basic pack behaviour. if it's important for Cora, we don't want to miss out on that. we thought Cora would be a natural but he proved us wrong.
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