We’re still sleeping in the basement and the bedroom is not that large. Saturday night, we put the crate in the bedroom. I had it in the food storage room and Vince thought we should bring it in the bedroom. At first when we put Oscar in the crate, he protested very loudly. Vince uses a Cpap and I figured that would help him sleep through the noise. I thought nothing kept me awake but I was wrong. Every single time Oscar moved, he started over with the protesting. I know that’s just part of getting crate trained but we decided we would get him crate trained but we would use the bassinet for sleeping. That’s what we had used for Rita til she decided she didn’t want to sleep in the bassinet.
I can put the side down but the beds we use are so darned tall (I can’t get in either without a step stool) so we don’t need to put the side down. I can reach over at pet him if he starts making noise and that seemed to have worked well last night. I had the rubber mats that I use for blocking my knitting and I placed those over the top. He could probably knock them off but I think if he felt them them, they would stop him. I left room where I could get my arm in and pet him.
I suggested using a window screen over the top to keep him from jumping out but . . we’ll see how this goes. At least he made less noise last night than he did the first night.
Robin Crittenden says
He misses his littermates. They sleep in piles of puppies. It will take him a bit to adjust.
Sherry Bobak says
Maybe you could try putting a t-shirt in with him that you wore & didn’t wash. Your scent could have a calming effect.
Nelle Coursey says
We always filled a empty water bottle with warm water and put it next to the puppy. It is like having a littermate there with them.
My husband uses an old analog clock wrapped in a blanket and an old teddy…the ticking clock sounds like a heartbeat, and he doesn’t feel alone. Works well.