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Usually my puppy goes to sleep at about 11:30 in his cage no problem. By 1230 he starts whining..I take him outside, he goes potty, i praise him. When we come back inside he doesnt want to go in his cage. I try to coax him with toys and treats. I end up just picking him up and placing him in. He whines for about the next 25 minutes but then falls asleep. Is this normal? Am I doing anything wrong? Is there anything I should be doing differently? I just feel so guilty when the puppy whines, I feel like I should be doing something different. I dont want him to hate the cage, or me. :(


By the way, I also dont go near the cage or give him any attention when he whines becuase I dont want to reinforce the whining with my attention.
 

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Doesn't sound abnormal to me either. The most important thing is to not give in to the whining.. eventually, he will see that it doesn't work, and he'll stop. You know that already though so don't stop what you're doing. :)
 
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