Jackpot is almost 5 months old and we've had him for about a month now. From the very first night, he slept in his crate by our bed. We also left him in his crate during the day for a few hours at a time (bf comes home and lets him out at lunch), & other days he goes to doggy day care. We didn't have any major issues with him in his crate…he'd whine for a few minutes and then lay down and go to sleep.
Well...a few days ago we put him in his crate at night and he FLIPPED OUT.!!:eek: He was screaming like someone was doing bodily harm to him. He was tearing the bedding apart and was so psycho that he was getting out of breath because he was jumping around and carrying on so much. We tried to ignore him or put our hands near the crate to comfort him but were trying to see if it would pass. Well after an hour and a half, we took him out because the noise was bothering our neighbors. We let him sleep in the bed (bad move on our part) and we haven't been able to get him to sleep in his crate since. He screams bloody murder and we get fed up and tired and let him sleep in the bed.
Then this morning, my bf put him in his crate and he ripped apart his bedding again while we were gone (had never done this before while we were gone during the day). This crazy behavior seems really "out of the blue" and I'm not sure what is going on in his little brain.
Could he be developing separation anxiety all of a sudden (but even then, he does it when we are in the bedroom at night too). I'm getting so frustrated because I don't really want him sleeping in the bed with us forever, but I fear that we've "done ourselves in" by giving in to his whining/screaming these past few nights. If we didn't have neighbors I'd let him scream until he fell asleep, but we have to be respectful of our neighbors in the apartments next door.
We've even joked about putting his crate in the car in the garage just to get some sleep (WE WOULDN'T DO THIS) just that desperate!
We are going to puppy kindergarten and will ask the trainer on Friday during class...
but in the meantime: Any help/insight/advice would be appreciated!!!