Will I ever sleep again?
So last night was Midnight's 3rd night at home. He's 9 weeks and I'm attempting to crate train him. First night he only cried for about 10 minutes the first stretch in his crate and only 5 minutes after our first potty break. Second night he cried and howled and carried on for almost an hour. I got him out, went potty, put him back in his crate and it was another 20 minutes before he quieted down. Tonight (the part that's over), he howled and cried for almost 45 minutes, then was only quiet for 2 hours, and after the potty break at 1am, I'm not sure, but I don't think he stopped barking and crying for more than 15 minutes when I finally relented at 3:15 and came out on the couch with him. He sleeps just fine as long as he's got me right next to him.
I read that I shouldn't scold him at all when he's in his crate...does that include telling him to be quiet and go to sleep? My ex-husband's dog is crate trained and he told me not to even acknowledge him when he's in his crate and to cover the crate with a sheet to minimize stimulation. His dog is a small breed, however.
I'd probably just let him sleep in bed with me, but my bed is really high and I don't want him to fall and hurt himself. Plus, I really want him to learn to be happy in his kennel.
I'm so tired!!! Are there any secrets to this? He's only crated at night and brief periods during the day if I have to go to an appointment. The longest has been for 2 hours during the day. Midnight, unlike me, sleeps all the time if he's not in is crate. It's play, play, play for an hour or two, nap for an hour, play some more. I don't want to wake him up when he naps since he's a baby, but I can't always nap with him and I'm afraid he's just not tired at night after all the naps.
So after all this rambling, my real question is whether I'll damage his psyche or disposition if I tell him no barking in the kennel and go to sleep. Also, covered crate or uncovered?
Tired in Texas,
Kathryn and (not tired) Midnight