Hi there friends of Pug & Bugg, I have a problem with Sophie and I need some advice.
First you need to remember about Sophie that although she comes off really tough and conceited here, she is still from a very bad puppy mill and gets scared/nervous very easily. When we have people over, or when she's scared, she is like velcro to me. She will sometimes scream and cry if one of us leaves while she and Dixe are left with the other (either Brian or myself), and she always follows us from room to room.
I think it is the thunderstorms we've been having at night lately, but Sophie will wake us up in the middle of the night scratching incessantly on the grate or side of their crate, which is in the living room. This is the kind of crate they have:
Not keeping them in the crate isn't a foreseeable option. We've tried keeping the girls anywhere but a crate at night (in their room, or in our kitchen), but unless they are with us, they cry and scratch because they know we are home. We also tried having them sleep with us, but they would wake up and fight, or jump off the bed and cry to get back on. The crate worked amazing, as they felt secure. The first few nights they cried and barely scratched for about 5-10 minutes, then would sleep through the night. Now they go in with no problem. During the day, they hang out in their room with no problem.
Just this past few weeks, the night scratching has begun and has been bad. Today we think we figured out that it is correlated with disturbances like thunderstorms (like the ones last night, and Friday night). Sophie started at a little past 5:30am today and continued until we got up at 10 past 6. Worse, when we got them out, Sophie's paw was bleeding! The two middle nails were bloody, but I think it was the skin around them that was bleeding, since the nails looked fine, and she had no problem walking on that paw.
Any advice as to what to do? Do we have to get a new crate? Has anyone had this problem? If you know anyone who might have an answer (someone who works with rescues a lot??) I would appreciate the input. It is so hard for me to see my little Sophie girl do this to herself!!!!!
Thanks for listening and I would love any help I can get.