I've had a new puppy for the past couple of weeks he's a cavalier x cattle dog. He is a real good pup, he's picked up house training real quick and basic commands. Its just crate training is a bit of an issue.
So my routine normally has been to play with him and wear him out right before bed which is about 10 :30 pm, also make sure hes been fed at least 90 mins before bed time. this usually works fine and he passes out like a log. The time he takes has gradually gone up from 1 am to 2am to 3am now he gets up around 3:30 -4am to go potty. I had been sleeping in the same room for the first week but have gone back to my bed and just come out when it's time (more often then not he is still asleep when i go out). Now my problem is when i take him out and try take him back to sleep he kicks up a stink about being in his crate and will whine and cry and cry, which then sets off my neighbours dogs into a bark frenzy waking up everyone in the street almost.
So im thinking do I extend the time til about 6 am in which i take him out? or are there any other methods i can use to settle him down after he goes to the toilet?
has anyone had a similar situation occur with their puppy?
*my previous dog picked up the crate really well and i didn't have to worry so much