We made it through the night! No accidents! Thor was crated, of course. Twice he woke up and started to vocalize so I took him out. The first time he peed; second time, nothing. That's okay. He tends to vocalize in his crate when first put in. I'm learning how hard it can be to be a cross-over trainer!
For those who don't know... A cross-over trainer is one who has abandoned the old traditionally-used (and often aversive) training methods to embrace the new scientifically-based methods. This requires ignoring all undesired behavior. In the old days, I would have reacted to barking in the crate by yelling, throwing keys, and/or a squirt of water. None of those worked very well if at all. Now, it is important that I not react at all.
This is so hard! In my head, I am yelling. I'm thinking, "What would it hurt if I squirted him?" And immediately I know that it WOULD hurt. Okay, so a squirt of water may not be physically painful. But would YOU like to squirted in the face? I know I wouldn't; and I no longer do anything to me dogs that would be unpleasant to me. So I'm being completely non-reactive and each time Thor settles down a just a wee bit faster than the time before. I did make a tiny mistake this morning. I glanced at him as he was barking. Now that is not a terrible mistake, but this is a dog who likes eye contact. So a mere glance will be rewarding to him. I don't want to let that happen again. Ignore, ignore, ignore! When he is quiet, he gets verbal praise and, sometimes, a treat.
And I am exhausted!