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Night 2

Some things I read online said the second night was better than the first night. Others said it was worse. So we gritted our teeth and brought the crate and the rattle can upstairs. I was super sleepy from the night before so I fell asleep almost immediately, and woke up with a start at 3am thinking "oh no, the dog hasn't made any noise and we haven't taken him out at all!" so I took him downstairs and he peed in the crocuses.

Cory woke up at 4:30 or so and took him out again but he was dry, so I think not giving him water after 5 was a good thing. Except that he was thirsty after his walk last night, poor guy.

It looks like the rattle can works pretty well - I don't like the negative reinforcement but at least we're doing it so that he can't see us. Hopefully he'll continue the quiet-in-the-crate behavior when we go out without him.


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May. 4th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
What worked for us when leaving the house:

(BTW, not a good idea to keep the crate in your bedroom according to most dog behavior people.) We turned on the TV (in another room) and then turned on a radio in the room with his crate. The noise is distracting to them and they're still getting some stimulus. Also, it's good to do the things you would normally do before leaving at various times throughout the day. It helps with separation anxiety. So, put on shoes, grab your keys, etc. Leave that stuff on you for a bit and then put it all away again. Just stuff that worked for us.

BTW, nothing new. I've been good. Getting excited for the baby to come in August. Beyond that, just working.
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