My Pem is about 3 years old now and lately I have noticed that he goes to his crate more often now than before. At night he would sleep on the bed with me, but lately he will spend half the night in the crate (going there on his own, I don't tell him to go there) and half the night on the bed.
The reason this is strange to me is that for the last three years (this behavior has only been going on for a couple of months), he would always be out and about and a total "velcro dog," always sticking to us. Now he just goes to his crate and will stay there for hours.
Do you think it's a winter thing? Or a "you don't pay enough attention to me!" thing? Or something else entirely?
Thanks in advance.
Mine almost all love their crates and when I can't find them that's where they usually are:) Many start out at night in the crate and are in my bedroom by am. Be happy he likes it.
Maybe he's like a little kids. I HAD to sleep with my mom and dad when I was little, and one day I just grew out it and wanted my own space and my own bed instead of one that was over crowded. Maybe he's making the final transition from puppyhood to adulthood. Adult dogs are usually more independent like that. We went through that with our dachshund. When we got him at 1 yrs old we tried every sleeping arrangement imaginable to keep him from wanting to sleep in bed with us. Nothing worked, so we just resigned to letting him sleep with us. One day he just started sleeping inside his own comforter (they're burrowing dogs) and that was it. He loves his bed now, and we have to coax him to get in bed with us for some snuggle time. He wasn't sick or anything, it was just time to leave the nest.
teddys favorite place is his crate. he goes in there all the time to take naps or get away if its too noisy form guests. sometimes i give him a special treat and he chews it in his crate for awhile. he still loves to cuddle me on the couch but once hes really tired he goes into his crate or on his soft bed to sleep. its funny sometimes because our two cats go into his crate and he just goes right in there to go to sleep with them. its so adorable!
but i must say i have only let teddy sleep in our bed 2wice because he can be shady when we are not there to watch them. he gets in to the cat box and tries to open the fridge and tear things up. so i have always kept him in our bed room in his crate and he dosnt mind one bit