Sometimes certain posts really make me laugh, not because they are a joke, but because they are so familiar. Our dogs range in age from 7 yrs. to 1 yr., 9 mos, to 9 mos.. In the words of Roseanna Danna, "It is always something!" My Daisy 7 yrs. also wakes me up to re-cover her should she lose her blanket during sleep or due to a bed-chair-or floor change of sleeping spot. Sometimes she just needs to "go" during the night and sometimes fakes me out for a late-night treat, everybody joins in on that ploy. My Buddy, the almost 2 yr. Beagle, sleeps like a log. Levon, the puppy, free ranges at night now and he may wake us anytime, to pee (good boy), early (before 6am) breakfast and sometimes just to say hi and get a pat or two. He won't get up on the bed to take a snuggle sleep, so he is persistent with his whining, get up and take care of me. We are retired and at their beck and call, they must know this! LOL! Also, with the oldest dog, she wakes me up if my restlessness during sleep bothers her. Maybe I stop breathing. My point is that dogs, like people, change on a regular basis and bravo for you to have checked your puppy's health first. Good luck, change is good they say, who are "they"? As far as re-crating, can you hear him call you from his crate? Seems like he is too old to re-crate unless it is serious.