At the house we have 3 dogs; Cooper, Pee-Wee and Axel. Cooper and Pee-Wee are both Chihuahua's and Axel is an Irish Setter. Axel is a big, clumsy dog with way too much energy. We've had him for about 5 years since we was about 9 weeks old. From the time we got him, he's slept in a kennel in the house at night. We basically do this for our own sanity. When we was really young, the dog would chew up everything he could get his mouth on. Leaving him out of the kennel at night with no supervision would be a very costly proposition. Apparently, that's no longer the case.
The night before last, as we were getting ready for bed, Axel had been put outside to potty for the last time of the evening and then put in his kennel. We were upstairs in bed and Axel began to whimper/bark. This is uncommon. Normally, when we turn off the lights downstairs, he knows it's bed time and we don't hear from him again until morning. This time, though, he wouldn't stop. So I got up and let him outside again. He milled around but didn't do anything. I put him back in the kennel and went upstairs. The whimper/bark continued. After about 10 minutes of it, he finally trailed off to sleep and that was the end of that. So I thought.
Last night was almost an exact repeat of the night before. After putting him outside and then in to the kennel, the whimper/bark started up again. Chris and I were playing a game upstairs and I said to her, “Ya know what, I think he just doesn't want to sleep in the kennel. Should we just let him out and see what happens?” Chris agreed and I headed down stairs. I let him out of the kennel and went back to the bedroom. Axel followed me up the stairs but stopped in the hall, curled up in front of our door and went to sleep. When we finished our game I got up to turn out the lights and go to sleep. Axel woke up, got up and walked in to our room and found a new place to lay. He curled up again and went right back to sleep. When I woke up this morning, there was Axel, sound asleep on our floor. In a different spot than where he started, but from what I could tell, he had slept in our room all night and hadn't got himself in to any trouble.
I'll let him try it again tonight and see what happens. Who knows, we may not have a need for the super-sized kennel in the living room any more. That would be awesome!