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We use a crate in the bedroom at night for our 5 month old lab. When he needs the toilet he normally cries and bangs his cage and we take him out .

Over the last few weeks he bangs his cage as normal in the middle of the night , when we get up to take him out he just goes to the back of his cage and goes asleep .

Sometimes he does it a few times during the night and each time he refuses to leave his cage .

We cant work out why he does this . Has anyone else had experience with this.
 

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Perhaps he's just getting up to change position. I know my own dog will get up a few times each night, circle around, maybe rearrange his bedding before flopping down and going back to sleep. Ash isn't in a cage but would definitely be banging the sides if he were.
 

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Sounds like he’s just moving around. My big lad does the same when he’s changing position in his crate in the living room when we’re watching tv. He’s a menace with some of the girls so he has a safe place, as fo they.
 

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I originally thought it was because he was moving around but he paws at the cage and cries as if he wants to go out for the toilet
 

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Be careful he is not learning a "Handler recall." He shouts and you come arunning. He can see this as quite rewarding.
 
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