Dog reluctant to sleep in crate.
My 10 year-old Lab has been reluctant to sleep in his crate. He'll go in and bark for five to ten minutes and then go to sleep but at about three or four in the morning he'll start barking again. My husband and I both work and sometime we have to be to work very early so he's being incredibly disruptive to our sleep.
Earlier I noticed him whining/crying while he was trying to clean himself, so I tried to take a look and he yelped when I touched his back paw. So I rubbed his belly and tried to keep him distracted while I checked his feet. I couldn't find anything. He doesn't seem to have broken it, there are no burrs from the yard, it don't look like he pulled anything. He still walks on it just fine.
My husband suggested that because of his age we might be seeing signs of Arthritis. Is that possible? Is the bottom of the crate bothering him because he's uncomfortable? Should I put in a towel or light blanket for him? Has anyone else had experience with this?