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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-20-2008, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I need HELP...I just want to cry :(

It has been a little while since my last post but I am just at a loss and I am feeling desperate right now. I know you all have given me advice about my problem with Sammy and his barking/crying/howling at night (just about all night, every night). We have had him since July 18th at 8 weeks old and he has been doing this from day one. Believe me I have tried everything I can think of. And what is worse is he is now pooping and peeing in his crate. He absolutely hates going in it at night. He tries to run out as quickly as we put him in and as soon as we manage to get the door shut, the barking begins and he goes nuts...scratching at the door frantically, barking, howling, etc. I just feel terrible about it. And now that my kids have started school, it has affected their sleep at night and that is just not good.

On the flip side, during the day he is the best puppy...so sweet, lovable, funny, playful, etc. I don't know what to do!!!! I thought for sure by now it would have gotten better

Can anyone help me with this???


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Jen, if he is going potty in his crate, then it is not working for him.
Obviously he does not see it as a comfort place. Is ir possible for him to sleep with you at night? or in a bed in an xpen next to your bed?/ Something is obviously really bothering him!
Where does he sleep during the day?

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Some times if they sleep with a clock. The ticking of the clock helps settle them. Or with a radio playing low or with a night light. He maybe missing the companionship of the family and sleeping beside the bed or with you at night will help.

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I agree with Laurie...I think I'd try an ex-pen next to the bed to see if that works. Just put a pee pad on one side and a bed on the other.

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If it were me and he hasn't adjusted to a crate by now, I'd definitely try just setting up an ex-pen in your room with a comfy dog bed in it and some potty pads. Did you see the photo of what Leslie set up next to her bed for Tori? I know Kara never used a crate for Gucci.
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Have you tried a wire crate instead of a plastic one? Maybe he would feel less confined? Is he next to your bed at night and at the same level so he can see you? This is key to getting him settled down.
Have you made sure to clean the crate throughly with a cleaner specifically made to remove the odor of the dog mess? If not, he will continue to mess again because the odor is a signal to him. I'm sorry, I'm sure this is frustrating for you. If you've tried these things I would then go to the ex-pen idea. Still, it needs to be next to your bed. I don't think I personally would put him in the bed with the pottying at night thing happening right now.
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My Jax hated the crate from day one but he loves the expen. Of course he was with 2 other dogs so thats maybe why he took to it so easily.

How was he used to sleeping before you got him?

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Poor you, Jen! I'm sorry things haven't settled down, but I would also think that it's because a crate is not the right thing for your pup. I assume you've tried placing the crate near you, at eye level during the night... ? It made a huge difference for us with Ricky and his crying stopped after 10 mins. and that was that.

I also think the exercise pen is a better option, doing as Meg and Susan sugg'd. Sammy will feel less confined and yet contain him so he doesn't mess everywhere. The stress of not sleeping and hearing all that crying and howling takes a toll on everyone and I'm sure Sammy is pretty stressed out too. No fun, I know. Let us know if you've tried the x-pen and we'll see what else we can come up with.

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Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. If he's fairly reliable at night, I think I'd give up the crate or try a wire one. Do you crate feed? Sometimes that can help a lot so that they associate it with good things. My new pup hates the crate but after less than a week of crate feeding he goes in quite willingly now.

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Oh boy this must be very frustrating for you!

I agree with most everyone about trying the x-pen instead. It sounds like the crate is just not going to work for Sammy after a month of trying. I'd put a nice comfy bed, a t-shirt of yours and potty pad in the x-pen.

Where does Summer sleep? Is it possible that Sammy would want to sleep with her? Are they getting along better now?

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