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Crate Problems, Any Advice?

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Just wanted to see if anyone had any advice on a little problem that Zoey seems to be having with her crate, as of the last two night, she has been crying and stratching to get out after I put her in there for bed, nothing has changed in our routine, she usually falls asleep on the couch and then we go pee outside and then I put her in the crate which is at the bedside on the floor so she can see me climb into bed then i turn off the light. Zoey is 17 weeks now and we've been doing this with her since we got her at 8 weeks old and it's NEVER been an issue, sometimes she'll whine very quietly for maybe a minute or two but then settles in. We got her a medium size kennel as she outgrew her small one, she has a a little pillow and her favorite blanket in there as well as a blanket overtop to cover it. The last two nights though she has been crying like the first week we had her, very loud non stop stratch to get out, messing up her blankets and this lasts about 3-4 hours, off and on, so the past two nights I had to put the crate back up on the bed and then she seems to settle slowly after that. Can anyone tell me what they think this might be?? Things were going SOOO well and now it seems like its' back to when we had her one day one. She does usually wake up in the morning around 6 and goes outside, eats and then goes into her ex-pen until I wake up around 10 with no compliants, should we just be leaving her in her ex-pen now to sleep, also house training is coming along very nicely she never messes in her crate or ex-pen, I just feel it's too soon for her to be not crated at night, any thoughts or ideas would be great. Thanks everyone
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Try putting the crate on a chair next to the bed, since it sounds like she settles down when close to you. If there is a nightstand, turn the chair so the seat faces the nightstand, with the back of the chair holding the opposite side of the crate, and the long dimension of the crate goes accross the seat. No baby talk, and the quieter you are, the sooner she will get over it.

She'll outgrow the anxiety after a while, and the crate can be moved to another location.
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Thanks Tom, we will definately try that again, the problem is, is that we did all that back when she was a 8 weeks old, we had the crate on a chair at the bedside for quiet a while and it was perfect and she was completely fine, then we put her at the bedside but far enough away to be able to see us and she was completely fine with that as well and has been sleeping with no problems that way for the last few months, but now all of a sudden she's having anixiety and I don't know why? I'm thinking of getting her a wire crate instead of the travel type one we have her in now so she doesn't feel so enclosed, maybe that will help ?
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I don't think it's the type of crate. Just move backwards to the on the chair way again, and see how she does tonight. It might still take her a little while to settle, but she'll get over it if you remain calm and quiet.
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Ted sleeps in his crate in his ex-pen. It is in the kitchen, but thats where he has always been.

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probably just a phase. I wouldn't react to the whining or you'll just teach her "if i whine and scatch they will pat me, therefore they must want me to whine and scratch"


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Thanks everyone for the tips, Yeah I do just ignore her I know that part, my ears on the other hand hurt a little bit! haha, but last night I put her up on a chair at the bedside and she whined a bit but settled much more quickly so here's to hoping it's just a phase!
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Glad to hear there is improvement!
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Similar thing happened with our puppy- he just turned 4 months. We got him at 14 weeks and was fine in his crate the first two weeks, then started waking up at 4am, crying and waking me up- I took him to pee on a pad but then he wanted to play. So I put him back his crate but was barking and scratching. Then we moved the crate to the guest room with a fan on the floor - the first time was rough and took a while for him to settle. Now he is totally fine going in his crate during the day in the guest room when we are gone and at night- we always have the fan on too.


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Thanks everyone for the advice, Zoey is doing a bit better in her crate again, but waking up throughout the night, I think because she is more use to her ex-pen and her dog bed in there, so we have started putting her in there and it's working out better, except now, zoey can jump OUT of the ex-pen, I have come home twice to find her sitting on the couch looking out the window! Luckily nothing has been damaged or chewed, and no accidents but now the trouble is what to do? I use to trust her in the ex pen because I knew she couldn't get hurt or into anything she should when my hubby and me are out of the house but now when I leave i worry that she's going to jump out and eventually hurt herself, I'm thinking we are going to try a wire crate now and see how she does, she won't have as much freedom as in the ex-pen but at least I know she will be safe.
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