This probably won't help you too much. I never started out with any of my dogs crates in my bedroom. My hound mix has his crate in the kitchen. My shepherd mix has hers in the dining room. They are 3 and 5 now. They are not in their crates during the day, unless they want to be. (Door left open.) They usually sleep in their crates at night. The shepherd was the worst with crying, as a puppy. I always ignored her. If she needed to potty, I quickly took her outside. Right back into the crate. No playing. No petting. Back on ignore.
It's like having a kid and you have already lost the battle. No matter how long you wait, before you let him out and sleep with him - he has won. Now he knows that if he wears you down enough, he will get his way. My dogs are quiet in the crate all night long. They know they don't get out until I am ready to let them out. You must be much nicer than I am. Everybody - husband, kids, dogs , know not to wake big mama. lol!
The crate is a very important tool. My hound is having surgery soon. While I have been willing to allow him to sleep out of the crate, I need the crate during his recovery. When people come over and the dogs need to be out of the way - they will happily go to their crates. If I just need them out from under foot for a bit - crates. Therefore, I would never give up completely on the crate.
I get migraines too. It sucks having your sleep broken up.
Natty Boh 6-27-12
Annie 1998 - 8-2-12 RIP
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