We have 2 dogs - YorkiePoo (almost 5 yrs) and a Teddy Bear (bichon/shih-tzu - 1.5 yrs). We crate trained the YorkiePoo with almost no problems. To this day, he will sometimes go in the crate when he is tired, but we never lock him in it. Our Teddy Bear, Elvis, is a completely different story.
We tried everything to crate train him. We tried putting in old t-shirts, hot water bottles, clocks to keep him company. We tried putting his crate next to the bed, hitting the crate when he barked, spray bottle. We tried 2 different bark collars. Finally, he has come very close to being 100% house-trained, so we have left him out, but confined to one room with the older dog during the day when we are at work and at night when we go to sleep.
Keeping him confined to the room with the other dog seemed to be working out okay. He slept through the night no problem, and only had occasional (maybe 1-2 times per month) accidents. Until a few days ago...
The last 3 nights, he has woken up between 2:30 and 3:30 AM, barking and scratching at the door. We live in an apartment, so I can't simply let him bark it out. Last night, we put the bark collar back on, and he still woke me up with his scratching at the door. I tried to let him work it out on his own...and this morning the door was all torn up, so that isn't a good solution either. It doesn't seem like he has to go to the bathroom when he does this - as I left him alone last night and he did not have an accident. The previous 2 nights when I woke up with him he seemed very hyper, and wanted to be active and play.
The dogs are self-feeders, but we pick the food and water up around 10 pm, an hour-hour and a half before bed time. They go out 4 times a day - twice in the morning, once in the evening, and once before bed. I've also been taking them on 1.5 mile walks daily (I thought this would tire him out!).
I can't keep being awoken in the middle of the night, and I can't keep having my house destroyed, but I feel like I'm running out of options. Help!