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nate is still getting up every 2 hours - like clockwork! i can tell you what time it is without even looking at the clock! his urinalysis came back that he does have some small crystals but no stones. he has about 1 week left on the antibiotic then i take back another sample. if there are still crystals, we will be changing hbis food. but what am i going to do about getting to sleep?! i've tried ignoring him but before he had accidents in the crate. when i ignore him now, he barks like crazy and i live in an apartment and my neighbors have complained. i tried letting him sleep in bed with me and that doesn't work. he still barks and cries every 2-3 hours, i take him out, he pees and poos and we come back in. i've tried picking up his food a water earlier but that doesn't seem to help either. i don't know if this is something behavorial or medical... any suggestions or ideas?
 

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behaps you could try puppy pad training him for overnights. hes basically trained you to get up and let him out to potty on HIS schedual, due to the problem of barking and neighbors it might be too much to retrain him instead id try an pad train him for night times least that way he can still go to the bathroom wihtout having to wake you up.

i wish i had that problem least hes letting you know he needs to go out! hes a good boy, hes just working on his own schedual
 

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Does he do it during the day as well or just at night? If it's only at night, my guess would be he's doing it for attention. The thing is, without knowing it, you've trained him to bark until he gets let out. The only way to cure this is by letting him bark and bark until he stops and not give in. When you put a dog in a crate, the only time he should be allowed out is if he's quiet. No barking, no whining, no excited bit, nothing. Since you're in an apartment and have neighbours, you can't go through with this method. Unless you speak to them and have their permission. Then I would suggest you either temporarily go to a place where you can "cure" him for a few days and then come back to your place. If you're determined and follow through, depending how long it's been going on, it can be done in 2 or 3 days. Or, maybe you can do it at your place by doing it during the day. Start training in the morning. Put him in his crate and only let him out when he has not made a noise for at least 10 minutes. Then do it again 2 hours later. When he's in the crate and whining and barking, you don't talk to him or go near him. Only go to the crate when he's been quiet for 10 minutes (look at your watch to make sure it's been long enough). Maybe if you do this 3 or 4 times during the day, he'll be okay for the night. Don't lose courage, it will get better.
 

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the pad training would be great if he didn't put "pad shredder" down as his occupation. lol.... i just don't know any way to re-train him without my neighbors having my head. i do have a playpen in the living room for him when he is home alone. i think i might try putting him in there for bed and see how that goes. i'm hoping it helps because he has been using that playpen, curtosy of his cousin bear and aunt leeseebat, since he was just a lil' somethin'. thanks for the idea!
 

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thanks sidech for the other tip! he does bark at me or jump on me when he needs to go out during the day but lately he has been barking at me incessantly. if i ask "you need to go pottys?" he'll jump around and run to the door so thats my cue obviosuly to take him out. i guess i should have mentioned that part in my first post. sorry! nate is a very good people trainer making me a not good dog trainer... yikes! i have been working on ignoring him during the day and i know i have been giving in too easily so i know thats an issue as well. he is way more persistant then i could have ever imagined! i am going to ignore his barking unless i ask my infamous question and he does his potty dance. should i reward him somehow when he quiets down or just use praise?
 
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