Hello everyone. My 7 month old cavalier/poodle puppy Freddy started crying in his crate endlessly all night. This only started about 3 weeks ago so I'm not sure what happened. He used to go into his crate when I gave the command and then sleep through the night until around 6:30am. Now, when I can get him in there, if he does manage to go to bed after a few minutes of whining, he wakes up in the middle of the night and cries. At first, we would take him out to go potty, but he wouldn't go. He would lay on the floor or start playing with his toys, so I would put him back in his crate and the whining would begin again.
It has gotten worse lately as he refuses to go into the crate at all and I have to shove him in there while he literally tries to fight his way out, which I know is not what I should be doing. I have tried making his crate a more enjoyable place for him (putting a kong with treats, shirts that smell like us, etc.) but he just ignores all this and ferociously paws at the door trying to get out. I've started to play "go to your crate" games for treats during the day so he likes going in, but at night when it's bed time, he freaks out. Last night he cried from 11pm to 5am straight. I thought he would eventually tire himself out and go to sleep but he didn't. I don't know how to make this stop. He got plenty of exercise yesterday - 3 walks before 7pm, puppy play group from 8-9, a walk after playgroup, and then another walk at 10.
We tried letting him sleep on the floor but he just ran around the whole time whining and tried to jump onto our bed and sleep with us. In the morning, he went potty on the floor before we woke up. i don't think he is fully trained enough to just let him sleep on the floor. We also tried bringing his pen in from the living room and putting it next to the bed to give him a little more room, but he whined in there as well.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there something I could do differently? Is he just being a jerk, or should I be worried about separation anxiety? I'm starting to go crazy with lack of sleep!