Puppy Suddenly Doesn't Want To Be Crated At Night

by Melanie
(New Jersey, USA)


My 5-month-old Australian Shepherd has been sleeping overnight in her crate since we brought her home. She's been doing great until a couple of nights ago. Suddenly she is barking when crated at night. I'm sure it's because she wants to be with us. She is crated in the living room and we sleep upstairs. We live in a split level and so really only 6 stairs away. It's not like she's alone in some faraway segment of our house.

She barks when we first crate her and then again after I let her out at about 3 a.m. So far, I have been letting her bark and she has been settling within a couple of minutes but I'm worried as she gets older she will become more persistent.

Have any of you have come across this and what did you do? Will she outgrow it? How long will this barking last? We were really hoping to have her sleep on the main level of the house to keep watch over the house. I know that once/if I let her sleep in my room that will be the new norm.

The concern about having her in our room is really just that she'll interrupt my husband's sleep which he desperately needs.

Are any of you having success with your Aussie sleeping in a different room? How did you get there?

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Not wanting to be crated at night
by: Tammy

We have 3 Aussies ranging in age from 3 years to 11 years. Each of them had their own version of what you are going through. Aussies very much need to be with their humans. We had to place their crates in our bedroom at night to stop the separation anxiety. At one point we actually just purchased 2nd crates so we didn’t have to keep moving them. At about the age of 2 we stopped crating them at night and the all sleep on the floor mostly on my side of the bed. They do at night get up and patrol the house then return to our room.

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