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Old 01-23-2013, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'll try to make this quick.
Our boxer had been sleeping in his dog crate in the back room (unoccupied) for the past 3 years (since he was born). Well, this past New Years I decided to fix the room & turn it into a game room for the kids, w/new floors, walls, furniture, etc...
Anyhow, our boxer's crate was moved 1 unoccupied room over. Now he's crying daily starting as early as 3:30am. He's also waking up the other dogs around the neighborhood with his loud crying. At 1st I thought he needed to potty, so I was thinking it was unusual & he probably had something wrong with his bladder, but Vet cleared him healthy.
So, the last 2 nights I decided to place his crate in the old spot it originally was at, & what do you know...no crying & a peacuful night of spleep.
Problem is he can't stay at that exact location in the room & needs to move, so how do I stop the crying & transition him.
Any help would be appreciated
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a tough one, he has been used to being in the same room since he was little and the change may be a little stressful for him and filling him with anxiety. Poor guy. Can you arrange things in the room similar to the other room and place the crate in a similar place where you had him in the other room? Try a night light. Maybe one of you can try sleeping in the room with him for one night, once he sees that it is ok and safe it may make him feel better. That is odd....so nothing else has changed right? Just the location? He has the same bed in the crate and toys? These are just ideas, I do not have much experience in this area. I have 2 dogs, they do not really care where they sleep as long as they are together! LOL
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At this point nothing has changed, other than the location where he is sleeping. Same toys, crate, eating location, etc...
Even his partner in crime (a small chihuahua) adapted very easily to new location. The only problem is the crying from 3:30am till morning.
At some point I was bringing him in late into the night hour, like past 12:30am, in hopes he would be tired and sleep through the whole night, but he keeps on crying. I'm going to continue leaving the crate in the original room for this week, just to confirm the location/movement was the problem, but the wife is claiming I'm just setting him back a step, because he's going to think he's staying in the his old room.

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