My 8 month old Morkie is already crate trained to sleep only. Now all of a sudden she hates it and barks till I take her out. She has a big enough crate and all she needs in there. She has been very good, but not for the past couple nights. I don't want to keep her in bed with me, or keep going to put her back, take her out and then outside and so on. Any suggestions.
By Janette from Rockford, IL
The crate needs to be a place where she wants to be and where she feels at home, not a place she only goes at night. I would keep the crate door open during the day so she can go in and out at will and take daytime naps in there if she wants. You can encourage this at first by letting her see you place an occasional treat in there. If she has toys she especially likes, I would put them away and only keep one in her crate at a time, changing them out every day or 2, along with a couple of regular toys. I would lay special treats in her crate to 'surprise' her a couple of times a day. You can buy rubber toys that you fill with peanut butter, and dogs love them, they will chew on them for a long time trying to get the peanut butter out. Maybe the first night or 2 you could put that in her crate before you close it for the night.
I hate to point out the obvious, but sometimes you have to. Take it and clean it out really well and wash the bedding. Perhaps the pup had an accident in there! There is something about it making the pup unhappy.
I have 3 dogs and my male LOVES his crate and will often nag me to come close the door at night if he decides to go to bed earlier than me. The girls do get in moods where they aren't happy about them and I find usually just giving it a good scrubbing and freshening turns them around again after a time or two. I also will give them each a treat when they go in if any of them are having an issue with it and LOADS of praise.
Ignore it. If you take him out you are re-enforcing the whining. I put a sheet the over the crate for security.
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