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 developed 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!!
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?