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My husky pup is a little over 5 months old and I've had her since 8 weeks.
I have been using a crate with her since day one. The crate is covered, it's in our small kitchen nook where I close all the blinds so it's dark. I keep a radio on 24/7.
She has her meals in there, she eats treats in there, when I give her chew sticks I throw them in there, I keep all her toys in there and she will go grab them as she likes.
During the day I will occasionally put her in the crate for naps or if I have to do something where I can't supervise her or leave the house. Usually, not a problem. The occasional squawk of protest but 99% of time, no biggie.
At night though.. she loses her shit. Every. Single. Night. When it's bedtime, she knows, she will protest like there's no tomorrow. I take her out for one last potty break, then lure her into the crate with toys and treats. After I close the crate door, I wait a few moments and then I turn the lights off and leave. When I shut my bedroom door, she starts freaking out. Thrashing, pulling/chewing on the blanket covering the crate, crying/squeaking/barking/howling. This can go on for half an hour or more. Sometimes it will happen multiple times throughout the night.
I do nothing when this is happening. I will wait for a lull in the noise and take her out to potty then put her back in the crate. Just to make sure she doesn't actually have to potty or something. I don't talk to her or pet her or anything, just on the leash, out to potty, back in crate, walk away.
The #1 comment I've gotten on this is to put the crate in my bedroom with me. This only makes it worse. Every time my SO or I snore or roll over or get up to use the bathroom or whatever it starts all over again. My SO works a physically and mentally demanding job and "grin and bear it" does not work here. He does not want the dog in the bedroom at night because we've tried over and over and it just doesn't work. Him going to work groggy and tired is dangerous. Can't happen.
She does get exercise. We go for 2-3 walks a day varying in length from 20 minutes to an hour. A few times a week I take her to my sister's house to play with her dogs until they are exhausted. We have a decent sized yard where she can run around on a 50ft lead whenever she wants to go outside. We play fetch inside as well as outside and we do a few short sessions each day of reinforcing her knowledge of commands. I've tried a few brain teaser toys but she has no interest in them.
So I am at a loss. I do not know what else I can do to get her to sleep at night. Would really love some input as my SO is nearing the end of his rope.
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