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Old 02-06-2014, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So our little Ridley loves to talk, sheís talks when sheís playing, happy, excited, sad, or wants attention. I donít mind it usually because thatís what dogs do. In the morning she lets us know she needs to go outside by whining and barking, no biggie, we let her outside. After we let her out (7 am) we put her back in her crate and I go back to sleep. (I work swing shift and donít get to bed until 2am) So after I put her away she keeps whining until I let her out and feed her but because of my schedule I usually feed her and our Dane later than normal. Our Dane is awesome; he loves his crate and will not make a sound until we get up. We are trying to figure out how to teach her to sleep in later like our Dane. I have even tried to feed her after I let her out but as soon as she goes back in her crate she starts whining again. We also have a roommate so I donít want to just leave her and let her whine and cry until she stops because I donít want to be disrespectful to our roommate. We are thinking about getting a bark collar thatís only for her crate after we let her out but if anyone has any other suggestions let me know.
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She looks really young so I would NOT recommend a bark collar for this.

I'd really up her exercise during the time in your schedule that works out. I also have shift work and an adjustable schedule, so our dogs CAN learn to adjust. But for my girls, I have to exercise them when I am able, so they are tired and well behaved when crated.

I have to keep the crate right beside the bed. I know some people that when their pup/crate are small they can actually have them on a table at the same level as the bed. Most of the time if my pups can see me and my hand can be in the crate, they settle down. I also like the filled kongs/purple squirrel dudes to keep them quiet and busy. The squirrel dudes are big enough you can fit a meals worth of kibble in them.

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Old 02-06-2014, 11:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She looks really young so I would NOT recommend a bark collar for this.

I'd really up her exercise during the time in your schedule that works out. I also have shift work and an adjustable schedule, so our dogs CAN learn to adjust. But for my girls, I have to exercise them when I am able, so they are tired and well behaved when crated.

I have to keep the crate right beside the bed. I know some people that when their pup/crate are small they can actually have them on a table at the same level as the bed. Most of the time if my pups can see me and my hand can be in the crate, they settle down. I also like the filled kongs/purple squirrel dudes to keep them quiet and busy. The squirrel dudes are big enough you can fit a meals worth of kibble in them.

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ok ill try playing with her more when i first get home to get her tired, maybe i should add another walk when i get home too. We got her some treat toys like the kong and she wants nothing to do with it in the morning. haha loves it later but not in the morning. I tried that at first and i would put her in her crate, give her a kong with treats inside it and peanut butter but she would just look at it then start whining lol but good point, she is pretty young for a bark collar. I hope the extra exercise will help because 5 hours of sleep isnt working for me. haha
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August does this too, and I also get up and let him out around 7-7:30am, and then he usually eats around 8:30 am unless I need to be at work earlier. I think they just want you to get up and play with them or be in their sight. August tends to keep the whining down until its close to 8:30, but if I am up earlier then I don't ever hear the whining. Your puppy probably just wants to see you, so maybe play a little bit with her since she won't eat until later, or if its possible block off an area for her to play in with her toys until you wake up so that you can get your sleep, and she can play inside without worry.
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