Our 5 Month Boxer pup sleeps in a crate at night. For the most part, he doesn't cry unless he sees either my wife or I leave the room (go to restroom) and he does a slight whine until the person comes back. Then he'll fall back to sleep. At times, he may start to whine in the middle of the night and one of us will get up to let him out. He normally B-Lines it to his water bowl looking for water but when he sees there is none there he'll go to the door to be let out. Once he's done we put him back into his cage and he lays down and goes back to bed. This we are perfectly fine with and are happy that he at least does that.
But when the sun begins to rise in the morning he gets up and starts to cry. We tell him "down" and point to his bed and he'll lay down but that is only for 5, maybe 10, minutes before he sits back up and begins to whine.
I put up blackout curtains up in the room hoping that it would buy us another hour or so of sleep but no go. Once he notices the room begin to light up, he thinks it's time for everyone to get up.
We've tried the frozen kong/favorite toy but that just means he is crying into a kong while he chews it which makes an echoing effect. While it may be funny to my wife and I at the time, ultimately we just want to sleep until we have to get up for work.
We are at a loss of what we can do. I wanted to see if any members here experienced this. I know he is a very energetic breed and I know he just wants to play with our other dog. But I'm looking to see if there is something we can do to get that extra 1 to 2 hours of sleep before we need to get up.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!