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Old 09-23-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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Loking for advice on how to help me and my dog have a better going to bed experience. He is an 11 year old cocker spaniel and is in very good health. Lately he will eat his dinner about 6:00 and then retire to his kennel and go to sleep. Around 9:00 it will be time to go to bed and this is where the fun begins. I will call to him to come outside to use the bathroom but he will refuse to leave his kennel and in fact pretends to be asleep. No amount of treats, coaxing and patience seem to work. Only if I turn off all the lights and pretend to go upstairs will he then leave the kennel and then I may have to wait for 10-15 minutes standing in the dark for him to believe I went upstairs. The nightime routine is now taking 30+ minutes. How can I get him out of his kennel in a more efficnt manner?! Any and all advice appreciated.

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jpmh, Welcome to the forum!!! Have you tried to get him outside right after he eats? Maybe a walk right after dinner or some playtime outside after dinner, will get him to go. What is your boy's name, and we would love to see some pictures!

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Welcome aboard Jpmh Dee is right but I wouldn't do it straight after eating i would though change the time for his last pee/poop to say 8pm but prior to this last going out does he still play? If he does introduce a play session at say 7:30pm then out for last pee/poop if he doesn't play have some quality cuddles then go out in the yard for his last potty
By introducing something nice before he retires like play or cuddles could encourage him to go out side Good luck and let us know how you get on please!
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Welcome to df Jpmh. Maybe attaching his leash while he is eating would help you get him out of his crate after eating.
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Have you tried closing the kennel door so he can't get in until you're ready for him to settle down for the entire night? Perhaps you could put a nice comfy dog bed beside the kennel so he'll still be in his comfort zone, but easier to reach to put the leash on when it's time to take him out.
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