I am taking my shih tzu to the nurse clinic at the vets later but would welcome any advice. My 5 1/2 month old puppy has been doing brilliantly with house training - we crate her at night and for a couple of hours during the day. From 10 weeks old she went through from 11.30 through to 6.30 and once we started covering the crate over on 3 sides (she is in a really big open plan kitchen) she stopped yelping/crying through the night. It made her feel more secure I think. However 5 days ago she looked like she was struggling to poop and we had to clean her up as it got stuck in her fur (sorry!). That night she woke us up barking 3 times and each time we let her out she bolted to the kitchen door and pooped outside each time - soft not runny (again apologies!). She was fine the next day - a few poops but we then had a repetition of the previous night when she went to bed i.e up twice this time. The next day she wouldn't eat for a few hours - she is normally motivated completely by food! Since then she has eaten but more slowly but has left some of her morning feed. Her poops are soft but not runny but in the night she barking for us to let her out and is pooping each time. Could she develop this habit now of barking to get us up? At the moment it is obvious (I think) that she needs to go outside but I'm concerned it's starting to affect my children's sleep - she is quite loud! Any suggestions? Hopefully the vet will clear our minds with regards to her health - but again is this normal for a puppy her age?