- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2016
I think you should definitely be bringing her in to be tested for a UTI and diabetes. There’s no reason she should need to be drinking that much water unless something is wrong with her health. Excessive water drinking is a sign of diabetes, and obviously needing to go often is a sign of a UTI. Definitely rule that out before you continue. Does she drink water when you aren’t home? My rescue has some anxiety problems and won’t eat, drink, or chew on any of the fun stuff we leave him to do until we get home. We’ll often open the door and after he’s said hello will go over and empty his water dish. Some vets say that dogs regulate their water intake during the day, maybe she’s making up for it at night.
Honestly, some dogs just do better with the free reign of the bed/house than others. I’ve had dogs my whole life and only a few I was able to keep in bed with me. My current rescue dog absolutely cannot sleep in the bed. He gets up constantly and drinks water, prowls, barks at shadows, and generally just bothers me. My year old puppy, however, picks a spot in the bed and sleeps through the night without moving. It has to be about the personality of the dog, not your own wishes. They both sleep in their crates the majority of the time, however, because they like it and feel safe there. It sounds like crate training is a must for you at least until she learns to sleep through the night.
The night you just had sounds like the first few nights after I brought my 2 year old dog home from the shelter. He wasn’t crate trained and we tried to push him too quickly to tolerate it. It sounds like you may have done the same. You have to gradually introduce the crate with treats and games and short intervals. With my puppy, I placed it close enough to the bed that I could reach through the bars and place my fingers inside when he cried. That typically reassured him that I was still there and that limited the amount of times he actually woke me up to go out. After about a week or two of him sleeping right next to the bed, we backed it up so that he could still see us, but was further away. Then we moved it to the other side of the room, then out into the hallway, then finally downstairs. He was sleeping through the night by the time he was 4 months old, and we never took him out more than 2-3 times a night even when he was 9-10 weeks old.
If you push them too fast, though, then of course they’ll howl and cry and hate the crate. Putting her in when you’re frustrated is going to make it worse. You’re, of course, starting yourself at a disadvantage because you’ve allowed the dog to dictate the rules. She knows that she can get what she wants if she makes enough noise. So be consistent, but try not to do all of your training at bed time. And definitely see a vet if you can.