Hi all I'm new to this and I have no idea where to post!
I have a little pug called 'moo' who turned 1 in December 2014. I adopted Moo off another family when she was around 4 months ish. She had already been crate trained which was a god send. I live out for university but I regularly come home because I miss her.
Three days ago Moo had her operation to be spayed. As you can imagine she was highly confused after the anasthetic but she has bounced back to her normal self rather quickly but there's one problem. Everynight around 2am, Moo starts to whine and whack the kitchen door. I've been downstaurs everytime to see if she needs the toilet but it's not that. I'm presuming that she has some form of separation anxiety but I'm unsure. She will automatically stop crying and happily sleep through if brought upstairs to one of our rooms on our bed.
Can anyone help me? As I'm not here all year round and my mum does not want Moo to sleep on the bed how do I stop this whining?
If she cannot sleep on the bed, can she sleep in her crate next to the bed? If she can hear and see you nearby that might take away some of the anxiety.
Btw Hi and welcome!
You may have to endure some sleepness nights - if she learns that making a racket earns her a night in the bedroom or, better still, the big bed, then she will just continue. If your mum is not prepared to have her in a bedroom when you aren't there then you need to get her back to tolerating this even when you are there.
If you go down to her to see if she needs to potty then keep things very calm and quiet and boring. Take her out, bring her in again and leave. Don't make a fuss of her or pet her. She may kick up and you may just have to let her cry it out.
If it is never the case that she needs to potty at 2am then you could try just ignoring her rather than going downstairs and see how long she kicks up for.
Could there be something waking her up?
Do you leave any light on for her? Normally a nightlight is not great for animals any more than it is great for adult humans, but a very, very dim one might help. You know the kind you put into a plug just to light a corridor so you can find the way to the loo at night?
Bella, mummy to Snifter and Toddy!