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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Jen, you won't have him stuck in a small space for hours at a time when he should be out with you, he already is out with you for most of the day. He will be having a nap in his "den". Completely normal and natural.
You asked how to take off the edge for him so he can sleep - it would be like putting a toddler in their crib so they can nap. Toddlers are a bit the same. If not put down to nap in a quiet area, they will force themselves to stay awake because they don't want to miss anything, and they don't have the ability to self-regulate their energy to calm themselves down and take a nap. Then when they get overtired, they have tantrums and over-the-top, hard to control behaviours. Put a toddler on a schedule, give them regular nap time in a safe, darkened room, and their developmental needs are better addressed, and their behaviour improves.
Same with your puppy - the crate isn't JUST a house-breaking tool, but a safe den where he can let his guard down and get the sleep he needs.
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