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OK... so the first night of trying was OK. We were puttering around going to bed so even though I had Willy out at 11:15, when he called after 12 we were still up. I took him out and he slept through until 7:30am.
Last night, not so good. Same scenario with him asking around midnight, but this time he was crying again around 3am. Not just crying, but starting to "talk" where you hear these sounds that are not quite barking but you swear he's saying "out"! So silly me, I got up and took him out and yes, he did pee (but mostly wanted out of his crate to lie on the floor). Went back to sleep and then was up again around 7:30.
Now here's the rub(s):
1) We also have him downstairs on his own for the first time in the crate... he had previously been in our room, but every time someone moved, he was up and of course, looking to go out.
2) Yesterday we did leave him alone for a long day in the crate... went out around noon, came home before 5 to play a bit and feed him dinner, but then we were out again between 6 and 7:45pm. So his active times were limited quite a bit.
He's 5 months old now, eating 2 meals a day... dinner being a bit after 5pm and water comes up around 7pm. But with all the snow outside, he's getting a few extra "licks" while he's out doing his thing later on. I don't think this is really the issue, but you never know.
The issue my wife is having is that I'm sure if we're gone for 5 hours during the day, he's probably whimpering and whining then too. We're just not around to hear it. Tonight, the doors will be closed a bit tighter and we'll see what happens.
I know he gets it, but the extra changes might be adding to the mix. We're leaving a small radio on (news station) to keep him company overnight, same as we do in the daytime.
One other idea here... not sure if this would fly for us or Willy (especially since he's not Bell Trained yet). Any thoughts on NOT putting him in the crate at night? Most of the time when I come downstairs to him, even after he's been crying at 7:30am, all he really wants to do is stretch out on the floor! He's not that interested in going out until I get my 3 layers on and coax him into the harness. Then he's out to pee, poop and eat more snow.
Last edited by eli104; 01-03-2009 at 08:47 AM.