Join Date: Mar 2013
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For the first month or so that Diva lived with us, she slept in her crate next to our bed. When she was doing fine with that we started leaving her crate out in the leaving room and she sleeps there. This is nice because when we're in the living room she can hang out in the crate if she wants, without us having to move the crate into the bedroom at night.
We live in a very small apartment and she is now reliably housetrained and is allowed free reign of the living room and kitchen while we're out. (bedroom and bathroom doors shut) However, we are still shutting her in her crate at night and she sometimes (once every few days) barks for a while, clearly wanting out, after we put her to bed. Do we need to shut her in the crate for bed? Since she's allowed to wander the kitchen and living room on her own anyway, should I be letting her wander around and sleep where she wants now that she's older? We are trying to not have her sleep in the bed with us although it is sooo tempting of course.
I thought the bedtime barking might be due to not being tired enough and not having enough exercise, but we walk every day and play fetch extensively. The barking thing happens randomly including days where she's quite tuckered out from a very long walk.
Another question is how far do you walk your dogs every day? And how far is ok for a "special" once-in-a-while long walk? I enjoy walks and can go for miles, and she always seems ready to keep going, but she's just a little thing and I don't want to over exert her. She's almost 6 months now, and 9 pounds.