Well please remember Fletcher is my first puppy and sure I have read and read about rasing a puppy and I know this is all my fault but......
Fletcher has been sleeping in the bed with us for several months now. I'm a light sleeper and since Fletcher likes to share my pillow I can say for almost sure this problem just started. He is night wandering around the house..... I felt him jump off the bed a few nights ago so I got up to see if he went outside (we have a doggie door but still I don't like the dogs outside alone. No he was sitting in the dark living room looking at me. I made him go out he didn't potty then I took him back to bed he settled right down. Since then he's doing it everynight a few times a night. I should tell you that my bedroom is on the main floor there is a baby gate in the stairs going to the very off limits kids bedrooms. I love him sleeping with us but this business of getting up with the dog several times a night is NOT going to work. So I think we need to get him back to his area or the crate at night. I'm home with him all day so its not like he is confined much anymore at all. Supervised yes confined no.
Last night we started a new routine and put Fletcher in his Xpen area before we went to bed well as you can guess he had a little doggie fit. Actually he had such a doggie fit that for the first time ever he jumped the xpen so I put him in his crate out in the living room. He barked and barked we ignored him and I was pretty firm that we were going to wait him out. After about an hour he relaxed and was quite then I get up this morning and guess who is sleeping very sweetly on the sofa with my daughter!!!!!!!! So we had a nice long family talk about where Fletcher will sleep from now on.
However, I'm needing some tips on how to help Fletcher deal with this new rule. I'm think about moving the crate to my bedroom. I don't think Fletcher has separation problems when I do leave him in the crate he's pretty quite and doesn't whine or whatever. I also hae the duel problem of having 3 sleeping kids in my house that all need to get up and go to school the next day. I know the answer is to just wait him out. I also know because I messed up and allowed him to sleep in my bed it may take longer to get with this.
So go ahead fuss at me I own it but any tips would be great!