Guest Rufus Posted November 9, 2015 Share Posted November 9, 2015 (edited) Trying to get the hound to sleep anywhere other than our bedroom without whining. We've had him two months. First we tried having him sleep in a separate room, and that didn't work at all. Fair enough. So he slept in a crate in our bedroom. The hound was happy, my wife was not. I sleep through it, but he's too noisy for her -- just moving and grooming, as it were -- and it drives her nuts. So to help get him settled she spent a couple weeks sleeping elsewhere. Obviously not a long-term strategy. Then I moved his crate next door to one of our boys' room, figuring it was close to me and still not alone. This worked great for about three nights -- while my wife was out of town. Once she got back the hound started whining to come into the bedroom with us. Which keeps my son up (and us), so I haven't let this go on although I'm tempted to see how long he'd keep up the whining. Maybe not on a schoolnight, though. Same thing if I let him out of the crate but leave the bedroom door closed. So now I have to get up and go to a different room. He follows me then sleeps just fine. So... ideally the dog sleeps happily in his crate in the boy's room. Or, really, anywhere in the house other than our bedroom. Any advice appreciated! thanks P.S. Some history if it helps: He was quite shy & withdrawn when we adopted him. The kennel was upfront about this but I don't mind working with a dog like that and he tested well with cats -- we have a super sociable and affectionate, beloved ginger tomcat -- so we went ahead. (One handler thought he'd been hit previously. Who knows.) He's really come out of his shell and is happy, goofy, playful, and gentle. He's only 3 -- fairly short racing career I think -- and has gotten confident enough to act more like a puppy at home. Overall he's done a great job adjusting. He's super-good and respectful with the cat -- he did really well with the cat training and it was not long at all before we could leave them alone together with no muzzle. He quickly figured out that even weird, small, fluffy, yappy, bouncy things can also be dogs -- his socialisation with other dogs has been great, and he also got to get rid of the muzzle on walks in short order. He's proven really good with children and even toddlers, plus incredibly patient with puppies and little jumpy dogs. He's not sure about most men still but will now frequently introduce himself to women. He gets along well with the 4 of us humans in the house. He's mostly my big shadow at home, but he will now let me leave a room for more than a second without following me. :-) Actually he will sometimes not follow me at all if he's particularly comfy or doesn't think I'm doing anything interesting -- e.g. instead of lying outside the shower room waiting for me he will usually just snooze somewhere else. He generally really likes his crate. He's totally fine alone at home in the crate. In fact, it's not uncommon if someone else gets home before me, he'll happily greet them when they let him out, but then just stretch and go straight back into the crate to sleep some more. So, overall, doing great! But if I can only have 1 of my wife or my dog sleeping in the bedroom with me, I'm choosing my wife. Edited November 9, 2015 by Rufus Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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