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Hello Everyone! I am new to this forum so please excuse me if this question has been previously asked/answered. Our three year old boy, Duke has always been a wonderful little guy to go 'night night' in his cozy crate (in our room) since he was first crate trained at 11 weeks old. It has never been an issue until 11 days ago. I am completely at a loss as to what to do! Here's what happened: Our neighborhood is a reverse cul-de-sac with no other homes across the narrow street. Unbeknownst to us, our neighbor's 22 year old daughter had friends over while the parents were away for the weekend. At 2:30 am, I woke up to loud bass music outside. I quietly got up and looked out the windows trying to find the source of the music. I came back into our bedroom and told my husband that an unknown car was parked across from our house with music blaring from it. It did not appear to be running though. Snow had begun to fall and the car was already coated so I couldn't imagine someone sitting in a car in the cold (20 degrees) listening to music. My husband got up and called the cops to come investigate this unknown car. Meanwhile, Duke was now wide awake and sitting upright in his crate. He began to whimper so my husband figured he needed to go out to potty. Two things - Duke always immediately goes to potty when we wakes up and he LOVES snow. Some days, however (as the picture shows) he has no desire to get out of the crate even when the door is opened. After they came back inside, Duke settled down for a few minutes. He again began to whine so my husband presumed he needed to go poop and took him out again. He did not poop though. He brought him back up, put him in his crate and he just whined and whined until around 4 am. I'm not sure if he ever stopped because I fell asleep out of exhaustion! Whatever happened, it has now created an ongoing issue for him at night. He follows through with his normal routine of going 'night night' and will gladly run upstairs and get in his crate. I can tell he will whine once I close the gate because he no longer lays down when he goes in, he just sits. And the whining, whimpering commences for at least an hour or longer. The first three nights, we took him out of the crate and brought him downstairs hoping to reset his little mind and follow through again with the 'night night' routine. Nope. I took him to the vet for a routine checkup and asked what to do. They said to try VeriScience Composure treats to help take the edge off. Hmm. That has sort of helped but it hasn't either. We read to wash his crate, put in new bedding, vacuum the area, possibly move the crate to a new area, etc, etc. We've tried so many things and absolutely nothing is fixing this issue!! Help! Has anyone experienced anything like this and what did you do to get them back to 'normal' again? Thanks, Looking for Answers
Hi folks, I have a 5-year old Shih Tzu mix (I can't remember his height at the moment; probably around 11 or 12 in) and we want to get a pen for him to stay in while we are at work. Would the 24-in or 30-in pen work best, or would another size be better? I've read a few reviews and some say the 24-in was perfect but others say they wish they had gotten the 30-in. Thank you in advance!
So Lewis has been home 3 nights now. He is 10 weeks old. He's been sleeping well in his crate, getting up twice a night to go potty outside then back to sleep happily. Today my husband's colleagues told him we should leave him to cry at night or he'll always want to get up. That doesn't sound right does it? Surely he can't be expected to hold his little bladder 9 hours already? What do you guys do?