Update: so after the night I said my husband slept next to his open crate things have changed! All it took was that one night (albeit with an open crate) for Chupy to take to his crate. We are so happy for him... and us! Now he goes to his crate on his own for naps and just to hang out. We are so proud of our little boy. The next night he slept in his crate (in our room) with his door open, and we slept in our bed. He still wakes up every 1-2 hours and walks out of crate, but if we do not pay him immediate attention he goes right back in his crate and goes back to sleep. We take him outside every 2-3 hours to potty. We're going to try to close his crate door tonight
So last Saturday my husband brought home our male basenji puppy Chupy! He is literally our baby, and we love him so much! He is great pretty much at all times. However, when it's time to go in his crate he screams and screams and tries to get out. This makes it impossible for us to sleep. We've tried to let him cry it out, but 30 min later he is still screaming. The only way he won't cry in his crate is if my husband lays down next to his crate, reaches through the bars and massages him until he finally passes out. 1-2 hours later Chupy wakes up, and the screaming begins again. I eventually give up and get him out and let him sleep with me on the couch. Last night we changed it up by leaving the crate door open, and my husband slept on the floor just outside of the open crate door. There was some progress as he would actually lay in his crate and go to sleep, but every 1-2 hours he wakes up, and crawls out onto my husband who then places him back in his crate (door still open) and he goes back to sleep. This process is repeated all night. Just wondering if anybody has any tips? Past success? Age in which this usually stops? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Not expecting a miracle or anything just want to make him feel more comfortable in there, and hopefully be able to sleep with the crate door closed. Also, just purchased a stuffed animal with a heartbeat and heating pad in it in hopes that it will soothe him. Will update with results once we get it in mail. Thanks in advance!