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Old 08-04-2008, 11:11 AM
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I have no idea what is going on with Honey but it needs to stop or I am going to go insane. Sunday (7/27) she got a bath so I let her out potty before the bath at like 8pm and then didn't put her back out again as I didn't want her rolling in the dirt. So in the middle of the night (2am or so) she started crying to go potty. Ok I totally understood as generally she gets to go around 11pm and is good until morning--so I let her out--she went both #1 and #2--put her back in her crate (which is on the opposite side of the house)--no problems.

Monday night she cried again around 2am--let her out potty she went--I thought maybe her schedule was just off.

Tuesday my husband had a rock show so we didn't get home until 2am--we let the dogs out and Honey again cried around 4am--this time my husband got up and let her out--and she would not go potty.

Ever since then it has been every night--and it is no longer a potty cry--she will cry non stop for hours and nothing deters it---I have tried moving her crate out to the garage (as this tactic worked with our other dog)--but she just cries louder. I have tried a spritz of water to the face---45 minutes later right back to crying. We have tried to ignore but endless hours of crying are ridiculous. Last night it got so bad we ended up putting her in my car in the garage with the window open....she still cried but at least it was quiet enough to get some sleep!

I can't take it anymore! She isn't sick as she is eating, pooping, peeing and playing during the day fine. She is acting normal except for this crying bit. Maybe some anxiety meds (although I think I need them now too!) She has never done this before and we have had her for a year and a half.

Any advice? Please!
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:23 PM
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Get some earplugs and let her cry it out. If you give her any attention, even if it's just yelling at her to be quiet, it's still attention which is what she wants. If she needs to go potty, you should try to take her out keeping it very low-key and uninteresting before she starts crying or once she's quiet and calm. Once you've given her that chance, put her back in the crate and ignore her.

Does she get any exercise just before bedtime? It might help to give her a longer walk, training session or something else to get her really tired. That worked miraculously with my pup when he started waking up at odd hours during the night.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:35 PM
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^^^^^Agreed. Ear plugs are a must-have training tool.

Unfortunately she learned that crying gets her to go outside. I know there was nothing you could've done to change those one or two instances, but that's apparently all it took to teach her that crying gets her good stuff.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:46 PM
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Are you sure it isn't a health issue?

I'm just asking because this is what my dog, Boomer, did a while before he was diagnosed with is illness. He acted ok during the day but had me getting up a few times every night to go potty. He also did the same when he had a UTI. I think getting Honey checkout by the vet wouldn't be a bad idea, just to be on the safe side.

If this would have been a puppy beginning with training then I might agree with trying to ignore it, but this was a trained dog who just started a new behavior.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:50 PM
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^^^^Good point, giny, thanks.
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:34 PM
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I would DEFINITELY have her checked for a UTI right away!!!

If you have ever had one, you will know they are VERY PAINFUL, and cause you to have to urinate much more frequently.
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:01 PM
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If a UTI was suspected wouldn't she need to go potty more often? She hasn't been having any accidents or asking to go out any more often during the day--also the one time I actually heard her cry for 3 hours straight she didn't have any accidents. I'm not that isn't what it is but it seem strange that it is just crying at night and it doesn't seem to be happening when she actually has to potty or during the day.

Part of the problem is that I am a very light sleeper--even on the complete other side of the house and with the door closed and fan on I can still hear the slightest peep....
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Why can't she sleep with you ???
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:13 PM
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With Boomer's UTI asking to go out at night was the only indication notifying me that he had a problem. He didn't show any noticeable signs during the day.
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UTI is my first thought!
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