The "cover the crate" trick worked for Ricky. Now, after all these years, he prefers to sleep with the cover over his crate. He thinks of it as his secret cave. I would also suggest you keep the crate in your bedroom so you can hear the "fur ball"at night and take her out when she needs to go. Give her two or three minutes to perform maxium, and if not, back into the crate. No monkey business allowed in the middle of the night, that is "nite-nite" time. No treats either in the middle of the nights. Treats and praise are for daytime potty.
Another trick I learned from
is I give Ricky a nite-nite cookie (in Ricky's case, a slice of dehydrated banana) right before he goes to bed. When I say "nite-nite time" Ricky goes charging to his crate and opens the crate door with his nose and jumps inside to get his cookie!
(I love you Tia Karen, muchas gracias.
Siempre su amigo, Ricky Ricardo)
As far as Dads go, maybe I could have a little talk with him! What I hate is when my daughter's 60lb. Aussie jumps on my bed and starts licking my face at 4:30am!