Sleepless in Seattle
Could really use some advice with my 3mo GSD.
Background: We've had him for 3 weeks now. We are crate training in a full, adult sized wire crate, with a divider. Sam doesn't seem to have any problems being in the crate. He goes in willingly. No barking, no crying, no messes so far. The crate is uncovered, in the bedroom with us. There is a blanket in the crate, along with several soft toys and some chews.
What we do right now: we are on a regular routine. Feeding at 8. No water after 9. Last potty break at 10. Bedtime immediately after. Sam is walked for 1 hr 3xday. He is played with all day long. I allow short naps through the day, in the crate, for up to 2 hrs. He has frequent, short training sessions, about 10-15 mins between playtime. No health concerns, according to the vet. Regular, spunky puppy, all day long.
The problem: Sam hardly sleeps at night. He will go down with us around 10, lays down, sleeps for about an hour or two. Then, it becomes Rumble in the Bronx. Sam rolls this way, and that way. He paws at and kicks the walls of the crate. No vocalizations, just extreme restlessness. He will go to one side of the crate, slump (bang) against the wall until he hits the floor. Then he will sit there for a few mins before repeating the whole process again on the other side of the crate. He rolls on his back and kicks at the back wall with all 4 paws. In short, he is making an extreme racket in the bedroom all night long.
Although he doesnt cry, he sometimes pants heavily. I've been attributing this to stress, possibly. We like to sleep in a cool room, around 55-65 degrees, so I doubt he is too hot. He is a long hair, double coated, and the crate is placed farthest from the open windows, so I also don't think he is too cold. I do get up at least twice to let him out for potty breaks, just to make sure his restlessness isn't due to full plumbing. We do not ramp him up before bedtime.
The question: WHY WON'T SAM SLEEP!!?