HELP US WITH OUR DOGS, TQC DOG OWNERS!
We have a dog. His name is Titus, and we rescued him when he was 4 months old. He's now about a year old. We've been crating him at night because he was still chewing and we didn't have a dog door yet.
We have another dog, Hannah, who's about 3 years old now, also a rescue, who was horribly abused before we got her and won't leave her crate unless she feels like it. So, she sleeps in her crate, too.
Titus WOULD NOT NOT sleep through the night in his crate, as of the past couple of months. He wakes up every morning at 5 or 6 a.m. and starts whining or barking so that my husband (who hears him as soon as he starts) wakes up and goes downstairs and has to let him out and then falls asleep on the couch to shut him up if he starts again. Which he always does, even when he doesn't have to go to the bathroom.
We now have a dog door, and Titus knows how to use it. So, since my husband and I have not slept an entirely full night in two months (much less a full night TOGETHER since Brian ends up on the couch every night), we decided to let him have free roam of the house at night. We tested it, and sure enough, hes great -- can use the dog door, etc.
BUT NOW, he still wakes up at 5 or 6, goes outside, and starts happily BARKING AT THE ENTIRE WORLD. our neighbors HATE US now, because their bedroom is in the back of their house (we have a townhouse). This morning we woke up at 4 a.m. to our neighbor banging on the wall because Titus was out back barking.
What can we do, TQC? We can't get him to stop barking, no matter what we do, and we miss having full nights of sleep. We're also on Zyban to quit smoking, which makes it harder to fall asleep, so once we're up, we end up beign awake for at least an hour.
We just can't do it anymore or our neighbors are going to call the cops and/or we're going to go crazy.
Oh, and for good measure, a picture of Titus is