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not sleeping in the kennel at night + not sleeping

koda's Mom
October 3rd, 2005, 11:07 AM
Koda is now almost a 3 year old bichion, since we have had him (2yrs) he has slept in his kennel at night with his blanket and does not get out until the morning. Well finally this summer the kids and I decided that we would let Koda sleep at the end of the beds of who ever he choice to sleep in for the night as long as he was a good boy. Well... I love having the dog sleep at the end of the bed and so do the kids in their beds, but Koda is up 4-5 times a night, having water, barking at the window, changing beds,barking at the door to go out etc. He settles down at night for a few hours, but around 1:00 am he starts to roam. I put him back in his kennel this weekend as we all really needed a good sleep at he cried :sad: He has never cried in his kennel before, but I guess he got that taste of freedom, and general love of being with his family at night. How do I get him to settle and sleep at night with us - thanks for your help

Lucky Rescue
October 3rd, 2005, 11:22 AM
I think the novelty of being uncaged is exciting him too much.

How much exercise is he getting before bedtime? A good long walk or run should help settle him.

Going straight from cage to bed may be a bit overwhelming. I suggest you get him a nice dog bed, put it on the floor next to your bed, place him in it at bedtime, then leash him to the bedpost. IF he moves around, just put him back in his bed. Say "Go to bed" and nothing else. Do not pet or comfort him or take him out.

You might have a few more sleepless nights, but he'll learn!:)

October 3rd, 2005, 12:59 PM
Some dogs handle freedom better than others. If you are going to pick a certain room for him to be in at night then shut that door. It might take him a few nights to settle in to the routine, but let him try. If that's not workling then he might be a kennel dog at night because that suits his temperament the best.
Freedom is a great thing but too much can cause problems. Treating him like a young pup could help you train him to the bed. You put him on a leash and attach one end to you. When he gets up you are woken up by the leash and you can tell him to settle back down. This will take about 3 nights of less sleep for you. But he has to learn that if he wants to be out of the crate at night then he has to earn it with good behavior and you are going to teach him that behavior.