Ahh, if we could all sleep at the same time...
November 27, 2012 7:37 AM Subscribe
Please help me understand my new dog so we can all sleep at night. No matter how tired she is, she still makes a ruckus at bedtime.
posted by Neekee to pets & animals (17 answers total)
A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Neekee and I adopted an absolutely adorable 7 month-old border collie-lab mix that we love. Like most rescues, she's got her issues, such as how much noise she makes at bedtime. Banging on the side of her crate, scratching at the bottom, and an endless amount of licking of her paws - which she does not do during the day.
Some relevant info:
- She has a bacterial/yeast infection in her ears (being treated by vet), which might explain the paw licking if the yeast is overgrown (which is likely since she is smelly even after a bath)... but why only at bedtime?
- Exercise is not the problem. We can exercise her to the point that she refuses to play or run anymore and she still does this.
- When she naps during the day, she's as quiet and still as a log.
- Keeping her from napping too much during the day so she'd be nice and tired at night also did not help.
- She does not cry, bark, whimper or give any other indication that she needs to go outside.
- We tried making her sleep outside her crate, she was still loud.
- She does not mind the crate, she voluntarily goes in there when she is tired. It's the appropriate size.
- This is a new behavior, she didn't do it the first week we had her.
- Putting chew toys, tennis balls, etc, in her crate does not help.
Mr. Neekee thinks she is cold and needs a blanket. I think she's too warm since pushes her little bed aside in her crate. Plus half her belly hair had been shaved off when we got her, but it's growing back making her warmer, perhaps? She slept just fine the first week we had her.
Mr. Neekee thinks I'm a monster for wanting to put her crate in the living room where it's a cooler temp, but it would be hard to verify if it works, though. I think it is cruel to put a blanket in there when she is already warm.
Other than temperature, is there any other explanation that we might be missing? All three of us would greatly appreciate a good night's sleep. Thank you!