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So, I should start off by saying that in the grand scheme of things, I know this problem is relatively minor.

My six month old lab won't sleep unless I gently insist by asking her to go into her crate. I know she's tired and needs to nap, because as soon as I close the door she collapses and sleeps hard for at least an hour. If I don't put her in there, she gets naughty and restless, a state I compare to a cranky toddler who refuses to sleep because they might miss some fun.

I love that she does so well in her crate, but I don't necessarily want to set her up to be an adult dog who can't sleep anywhere else. She has a lovely dog bed that I would love for her to be able to nap on.

So I guess my question is, is this a relatively normal phase for a rather high energy puppy? Should I be actively working towards 'fixing' it, or is this something she'll like grow out of as she matures?
 

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May I ask what's the big deal is with your dog sleeping in a crate, if that's where she's comfortable?
No big deal at all. It's probably silly, but I feel guilty because it just seems like she's spending so much time in there. She does great, runs right in when I give her the cue and falls asleep within minutes. When she was younger, she would fall asleep whenever she was tired, wherever she happened to be. Now she's a little older, I have to gently remind her that she hasn't slept in hours and is getting cranky. lol

She's the first puppy I've raised by myself, and the first dog in my life to be cratetrained, so I guess I occasionally need some reassurance that I'm doing things right. :)
 
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