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As you all know I have a beagle pup who is reaching 4 months of age. He was doing really well w/ his crate and could sleep 5-6 hours during the night. Starting this week we've noticed he whines & whimpers alot. I take him to the bathroom, or give him water.But as soon as he settles down I place him back in the crate and he whines, whimpers, and will paw at the gate, circles inside. I've given him toys & changed them out every so often. I just do not know what happened just all of a sudden this week he won't sleep through the night. I've read on ignoring him when he is in the crate whining away, which I did at 3am this morning, but he whined for 1 hour. So I took fed him & took him out. It is now 420 am and he's finally sound asleep. Took him about 5 minutes and then I heard snoring. The sound of JOY right now :hyper: SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!! Well I suppose I should catch on some sleeping as well since I have to get up for work in 3 hours. Advice anyone ? Also neuter question ? After that procedure he should simmer down a tad ...right ??

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Actually, after the neuter they tend to gain weight often because they become less active. If he is a little pudgy already, I would start working on that (although he is still a pup so might just have some puppy pudge).

As for the whining in the crate, he is looking for attention. I would not be feeding him at 4:00 in the morning. If he whines, you get up, take him outside to do his business then straight back to bed. No playing or anything. The more he gets used to the attention through the night, the more he will want it. I learned this the hard way. I am not saying to ignore him because he very well might need to go out and you don't want to teach him to mess in his crate but it should be just out and back in, that's it.
I didn't fuss over Maggie at night, just low-lights, out to do business, right back to bed and lights out.

Low voices, no playing, no food...sends the message....when the alpha sleeps, we all sleep /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
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Coffee used to whine and bark when we first put him in the cage at night. My wife would actually sleep on the couch next to the cage and he would be fine. Gradually he whined less and less. Now he goes right into his cage at night and then sleeps through the night. Of course he starts whining again around 6:30 in the morning, which doubles as an alarm clock for me!
Hey, who told you neutering makes dogs less active? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif Our Chihuahua lost none of his spunk when he was fixed. I think while they're recovering they slow down a bit, but after that, no reason for them to.
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I was just thinking that they are not going to lose weight after being neutered. Usually within 6 months to a year after neutering they start to hit maturity and will calm down a little. That's all I meant by slowing down. Believe me, I still have 2 very active dogs, they are just not obnoxious any more. LOL
OK, sorry to get my fur in a ruffle. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Having dogs and cats spayed and neutered is a sore spot with me. All of our dogs and cats were rescued; mostly from shelters. After I found out what was happening in pet shops and with the pet overpopulation I vowed to never get a dog or cat from a pet shop OR a breeder.

Okay, no more :soapbox: I promise I'll be good now. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
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I was told by the Vet asst. when I took Mizu to the vet a few weeks ago.
I mentioned that he was super hyper and it was hard to cut his nails. She then told me .. Oh once he is neutered he will settle down and be more calm..
Oh, okay... they definately calm down!
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