Not sleeping through the night

23 Oct

You might think based on the subject of ths email that MJD and I are babysitting for the weekend, or have babies you weren’t aware of, but in fact, I am about to share sleeping issues we are having with our adorable dog, Artie!

Artie has always been a good sleeper, and loves being in his crate. And we’ve┬ádeveloped a really nice routine over the last year. Usually, Artie sleeps on the bed while we’re watching tv, and once we turn the tv off, he jumps down and puts himself in the crate. At about 5am or 6am, he comes back to the bed and cries a little until we let him back up. The morning bit sounds annoying, but it’s always kind of cute that he wants to get back up for an hour or two, and he’s all cuddly.

BUT, during the last few months, he’s regressed! He is not as independent as he has been. He is always pawing at us to pet him while we watch tv, and following us from room to room. And at night he only wants to sleep on our bed. But he takes up half the bed!!

He thinks the bed is his!

He thinks the bed is his!

So, two nights ago, we decided to put some rules back in place and put him in the crate at bed time. He slept, but every few hours he cried. It was so sad. Last night, we bought him a little bed to put near our bed, and he kept standing on it (on his hindlegs), putting his front paws up on our bed and crying. How sad is that?! MJD was so good and kept making him lay back down on his bed, but at about 5am I couldn’t take it and I let him back on the bed.

Has your dog ever regressed like this?

Could you say no to this face?

Could you say no to this face?

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2 Responses to “Not sleeping through the night”

  1. klegeyt October 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Aw, poor Artie! I think the re-training is what he needs. We haven’t had the exact same issues w/ Mattie (mainly b/c she sleeps with us every night) but she did revert once to chewing things up in our apartment. She hadn’t done this since she was about a year old so she was given the freedom to roam the whole house during the day, knowing she wasn’t a threat to our furniture or molding. One day, out of the blue, we come home to find that she has eaten the middle out of one of our new couch cushions. We confined her to the kitchen for a few weeks after that. Eventually she was allowed free reign again and she hasn’t had a problem since.

    Hang in there! I know it’s the worst trying to “teach a lesson” when all you want to do is sleep and he’s keeping you up with his pitiful crying!

    • KPD October 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

      I know! And of course it’s so cute that he wants to cuddle, but he takes up a lot of room!

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