Guest debster Posted July 27, 2013 Share Posted July 27, 2013 I'm spending my second night on the couch tonight, and I want honest opinions from folks. My hound does not want to go upstairs where my bedroom is. For now, his crate is in the living room, so he can sleep confined at night. I don't want him to potentially hurt himself in anxiety if he's wandering around downstairs at night, and obviously want to give him great chances of success with housebreaking and not have a mess. He is crated when I have to go upstairs to shower, when I have to get medications, or change clothes. His first night, I mistakenly left him uncrated and unattended for less than 5 minutes and he unloaded his bottom on the floor. I don't blame him for it; it was my fault for trusting a stranger and assuming he wouldn't do it. I'm tempted to give him a frozen kong tomorrow night and go upstairs to bed, put earplugs in, and hope for the best. This is what most people would do with a puppy, so I'm wondering if it's any different for my hound. He's a social guy, but he seems to be crating well after just 24 hours, even though the poor thing may whine a little bit. I do the "stomp back in and scold" thing, and reward him for being silent. I just want to sleep in my bed so badly and to be honest, I don't think being in the living room is healthy for him if my bedroom is upstairs. I'd prefer him to be in the room with me, but he just won't do the stairs. My concern, of course, is damaging him and causing separation phobias by letting him cry the night out alone. But, at the same time, I do not want to create the potential for one by coddling him. So this is where I want the advice of people who have been there, done that, with their hounds. (sidenote: as I type this, he seems to be huffing and crying a bit in his sleep. Is this a normal thing?) So, any and all advice is greatly appreciated. I've already had great reassurance from this forum already about the stairs, and I'm not even going to stress him over them until much later. I'm so glad I joined this forum already. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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