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Old 09-03-2007, 06:17 AM   #1
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Hi. We have just gotten a beautiful 8 week old Miniture Pinscher pup who will fit into our little family fantastically. But his whinning and howelling at night is driving us mad and stopping us getting any sleep. We are trying to be strong and ignore him for the whole night but after a few hours lying and listening one of us cracks and goes down to sooth him. Please can anybody let me know how long we might have to go through this and if there is any advice that you have so that we, our kids and probably our neighbours can get some sleep

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Old 09-03-2007, 06:25 AM   #2
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First off welcome to the forum.

All pups go through this stage, because they are in a new house with new people and are not with there litter mates.

I would suggest Having the radio/music on not to loud that you cant sleep lol or if you have a clock that you can hear ticking that would be good to.

Also I think that you shouldent get out and pat him because he might learn a habit of "if I be loud and howl my mummy/daddy will pat me yeah" and you dont want that to happen. So I would suggest the other methods and ignore it...


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Old 09-03-2007, 06:33 AM   #3
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hi there we been thruogh this 3 times with are dogs and it took us about a week,it got easier with second and third but still had to be on guard with other dogs in the house,i can say the norm things like hot water bottle under bedding wraped in towel,clock ticking near bed,radio on very low to give a bit of company,but all in all it really depends on pup,they seem like they want cuddles all the time but i found that if i gave in it was rod for my own back mine started scratching at the door when we went bed and it took about a week untill he settled, we knocked on neighbours doors and explained we got pup and sorry for inconvenience but they were fine, also try and put a big cuddely teddy in for your pup to snuggle to that could help.
i hope this helps and good look also have loads of fun with your new pup.

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Hi davek1969 and welcome!
Great suggestions so far, about the only thing I can think of to add might be to put in a stuffed toy for the pup to snuggle next to. It IS hard going from sleeping with mum and littermates to being all alone in a strenge place!
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. Great advice above. Are you crate training your pup? If so, I'd put a cover over the crate & continue to ignore the whines. If you crack & go give your pup attention, you're just reinforcing pup's interest in whining. Good luck. Hang tough. The first several days can be tough.
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Maybe if your crate training move the crate in the room with you so he doesn't feel left alone.
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Hi, thanks for the reply. I dont know what a training crate is. Is this something that might be useful?

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it's not a specific something. It's just a crate that your pup sleeps in or stays in while your gone or sleeping.
by the sounds of it, you might already have your pup in a crate?
crate training basically means...they dont potty in their crate, they feel safe in there...kinda like a bedroom. it's THEIR space-not humans.
i suggest a blanket or a towel over the top so the pup cant see outside the crate.
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