Every night that we are home, Nemo's routine is more or less the same. 


7 pm: Raise hell and get into just as much trouble as possible.

8/9 pm: Collapse in heap while mom and dad watch TV.

11 pm: Resist all of mom and dad's attempts to wake me up and take me out for a pre-bed pee. Yawn and roll over. Lay on back and moan. Repeat for at least 5 minutes or until picked up and carried outside.

11:10 pm: Come inside after a satisfying pee. When mom gives the "crate" command, go sit next to my crate and stare at her. *Note: I know this command well and perform it perfectly any other time of day.

11:12 pm: Enter crate upon promise of a bribe.

But last night was different . . .

When we came in from our pre-bed pee, Nemo went directly into his crate. No command. No bribe. My husband and I were stunned. Naturally, Nemo got his cookie anyway. 

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Comment by Lemmy Winks on August 9, 2013 at 9:14pm

This made me laugh, especially 7pm and 11pm ahaha!
I wish Lemmy would go into his crate on his own haha! Congrats!

Comment by Julia on August 9, 2013 at 8:49pm

If you're lucky, he's figured out that his crate is actually a pretty comfy place to be. My girl uses hers day and night (no door except in the car), and also loves finding other small places to squeeze into. It's just cozy and safe.

If you're less lucky, he was just very tired that day.

Or, as Linda said, he's up to something. Careful.

Comment by Nicole Edwards on August 9, 2013 at 3:10pm

This happened with our puppy too.  Just all of a sudden she would voluntarily go in her crate at night!  No struggle, no bribes, no pitiful looks of "why are you doing this to me?"  I don't know if it's a growing up thing or a training thing, but we love it!  Just be sure to always continue the bribes/treats for doing it cause as soon as you forget that one time . . . he will remember!

Comment by Linda on August 9, 2013 at 1:48pm

Careful...he is plotting something.  Trying to put you off guard.

LOL...good Nemo!

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