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Refuses crate in the night

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My 11 week old puppy refuses to go back into his crate in the middle of the night after a potty break. If I lift him in, he doesn't seem to mind, no fussing or whining or anything at all. He just refuses to go in on his own. I know I'm not supposed to be force my dog into crate but does anyone have any ideas on how to resolve this issue?
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Out of curiosity, when you let him out in the middle of the night, are the lights off in the house/room where the crate is? Perhaps when you are putting him into the crate at bed time the house is still lit, but he's scared of the dark? I don't know. Either way, as another said, I would just plop him back, give him the treat, give him a pet and positive reinforcement, and say good night!
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