Starting about a week and a half ago, our 8mo old lab pup has started whining in his kennel from about 330/4am until morning and its killing us. We did move into a new house about that time so understand there are some new things in his life, but he now has a yard and he loves it - any advice to help the whining would be appreciated.
Where is his crate? Usually it is best to ignore, as hard as it is.
Maxx & Emma Jean
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Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Crate is in the office, about 20 ft from our bed. And ignoring is what we thought but after a week we were getting a bit concerned.
Is there a noise in the neighborhood that is waking him then? Street light that is making him wake up? Maybe covering his crate with a sheet would make it quieter/darker?
Is there a reason he is still in the crate at night? Often puppies are OK out of the crate at that age during the overnight. Of course, if he is still unreliable, destructive or not fully housetrained - he needs to be crated.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Don't think there is a sound or light waking him up.
Honestly, not sure why he is still in his crate at night, he is completely housebroken and never destroyed anything...pretty sure he would just sleep on his bed all night.
Might try that
make sure to pick up and puppy proof when you first try him out. When I first test dogs I usually limit their movements with baby gates and closed doors to be safe.
what's your daily routine? exercise and what time does the dog go to bed?
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
We typically get out for two walks a day, and then he is in the backyard for several hours running around with his toys or playing fetch - typically he goes to bed around 9:30 or 10
Just putting this out there but my lab pup tends to whine at night only when he needs to go out. And there was about a 1 month period at 4-5mo where he would be up at the same time every morning 4am and need to pee. He's really just stopped it tbh. Perhaps there is a biological reason for his crying that early. I realize that yours is a bit older but nonetheless its a possibility? Otherwise he may just be bored and perhaps a toy would keep him occupied?
How do you feel about moving the crate into your bedroom? Maybe you don't want your pup sleeping in the bedroom, ours do, but I understand not everyone wants that. Maybe you could try putting the crate in your bedroom with either the crate door closed all night, or open, if he is housebroken and the room is safe for him to wander in at night? Odie isn't ready for this yet (only 13 weeks old), but Bailey (9 yr old) sleeps upstairs with us as did Boomer, now departed :-( on a big doggie bed at the foot of our bed. I think your move might also be contributing to this. Is he sleeping farther away from his "pack" since you moved into this new place?
Thanks all, after three nights we moved his kennel into our bedroom and he has slept until we got him up at 6....thanks so much!!