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Old 01-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks, I might try the Rescue Remedy if I have no success over the next few days. Her crate is already in my bedroom, so I guess I might not get much sleep again tonight........ I could put it next to my bed instead of at the foot, but not sure it would make much difference. I don't like using any meds, but I think I'll try 1/2 the dose of the melatonin and see if that works. My other option if it doesn't is to leave the door open, but I doubt she will stay in the crate and will try to get up on the bed. That was going to be my goal eventually, to transition her to sleeping in the crate with the door open. She is so well behaved I have always hated locking her in (but the breeder had already conditioned her to sleep that way) Other than that we have never crated her. Such a good problem we have with poodles, they are just so darn smart, one little behavior slip and they are one step ahead of us and have figured out how to manipulate mommy and daddy!
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Maybe she is trying to tell you that it's time for bed privileges!
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I wouldn't mind her sleeping on the bed, but it is a twin, and very high and I'm afraid she will fall off and break a leg in the night. She gets to lie on the bed until she either stands up and asks to get in her crate, or we put the light out. Then she waits for me to lift her down and runs right in. (or used to!) Wish I had a bigger bed - she is a cuddle bunny.

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Thanks, I might try the Rescue Remedy if I have no success over the next few days. Her crate is already in my bedroom, so I guess I might not get much sleep again tonight........ I could put it next to my bed instead of at the foot, but not sure it would make much difference. I don't like using any meds, but I think I'll try 1/2 the dose of the melatonin and see if that works. My other option if it doesn't is to leave the door open, but I doubt she will stay in the crate and will try to get up on the bed. That was going to be my goal eventually, to transition her to sleeping in the crate with the door open. She is so well behaved I have always hated locking her in (but the breeder had already conditioned her to sleep that way) Other than that we have never crated her. Such a good problem we have with poodles, they are just so darn smart, one little behavior slip and they are one step ahead of us and have figured out how to manipulate mommy and daddy!
Plan "B," you take the melatonin to get some sleep! Just a little silly humor, but you might want to consider it! All kidding aside, I'm glad to hear you sounding more lighthearted about the problem already. I think a solution is sure to come soon for all to sleep soundly through the night. Right you are when it comes to poodles being smart enough to pull our strings. But we wouldn't want them any other way, would we now? Sweet dreams to you and Callie!
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Thanks. I was actually thinking about taking that melatonin too! We'll figure this out. She's my sweet little girl.
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SusanG: Just wondering if "The Sandman" paid Callie a visit in her crate last night and how things went? If you're not too tired from another night of interrupted sleep, please let us know!
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Good news. I gave Callie 1.5 mg of melatonin about hour before bedtime for the past two nights. She went right in her crate, and I never heard a peep until we got up the next morning. I'm going to give her one more night of it, then see if she will be relaxed and sleep without the melatonin. She seemed absolutely fine, so hopefully the "bang" in the night will become a distant memory! What a relief. Thanks for thinking about her.
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Good news. I gave Callie 1.5 mg of melatonin about hour before bedtime for the past two nights. She went right in her crate, and I never heard a peep until we got up the next morning. I'm going to give her one more night of it, then see if she will be relaxed and sleep without the melatonin. She seemed absolutely fine, so hopefully the "bang" in the night will become a distant memory! What a relief. Thanks for thinking about her.
Yay! That's GREAT! (or should I say CRATE?!) So happy everyone is back to having happy dreams.
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Oh well, it worked for a couple of days and last night she began to cry, making high pitched peeping noises for a long time. It was sooooooo mournful. I have never heard her do that for any reason so I have to assume she was trying to tell us something important. After an hour I opened the crate door to let her sleep that way, but she ended up sleeping on the floor next to my side of the bed. Before this happened, I had decided to phase her into sleeping with the door open anyway, but obviously, she just isn't going to do it. Since she is 2 and well behaved, maybe it is time to make a change. I bought a nice cozy warm bed for her which she got right in. Tonight we will see if she is willing to sleep in that in place of the crate. I'll leave the crate in the room, just in case, but I think, big as it is, she just doesn't want to be closed in any more and I can't say I blame her as there doesn't seem to be a reason to lock her up only at night if it upsets her that much.
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We have beds for both dogs in our room. Lily mostly sleeps on our bed, but when we kick her off for taking up too much room she is very happy to sleep in her bed near my side of the real bed. Peeves mostly sleeps on his bed near my boyfriend. They are four and have been sleeping out of crates since they were about one.
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