Harley will be 7 months old on the 20th, I've had him since he was 9 weeks old and He has always slept in his crate, which is usually located downstairs in the kitchen.
Lately he has be incredibly tired, (incapable of standing) in order to sleep in his crate. If not he whines and whines and the whining builds, almost like he was never crate trained. He has spent every night in his crate, always, and naps in it when we are making/eating dinner and when we leave he still goes in his crate with little fuss.
The other night he whined for 2 hours straight, with very few breaks and I had no hope of him stopping, he even chewed on his bed, which he's never done to that bed and he's had it for months now. So I let him out calmed him down, he fell asleep and was put back in his crate, perfectly.
My boyfriend was out of town this weekend so I thought I would try something, so I moved the crate back up to the bedroom (where it hasn't been since his first week Harley was with me) thinking that starting training over might help but he still whined but softer. Then I gave him something that smelled like me, still whining but softer yet. Then I moved the crate right next to the bed and the whining was more like sighed breathing, then he fell asleep.
Any advice is greatly welcomed.
Here is some additional information.
I'm a night student so I'm home during the day and he gets crated until my boyfriend gets home from work (2 hours tops). He's also crated sometimes during the day, if I'm going out or just doing something in which no interruptions is required. He might make a noise or two to protest, but that's it. He always has a Nylabone in his crate with him in case he gets bored.
Since he turned 6 months, he has been changing some behaviors, marking, slight aggression at the dog park (to be top dog, or treat related), growing into the role of protector (but a nurturing protector, amazing with my boyfriend's 2 yr old, who lives with his mother). Following me around the house, every where, but it i close the door behind me, he just sits and waits, no fuss. He's getting fixed this week.
Oh and I think this is a separate issue but just in case…. his pooh has been runny, no diarrhea, and it hardens if he's been holding it for a while but it always ends runny. He's been on 100% new for at least 4 weeks, and while we were switching his food, it wasn't this runny.