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Old 02-20-2008, 03:40 AM   #1
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I am new to the forum and a new Pom owner. I love my little guy. He is only about 9 weeks. He is very playful. Very loving. Very energetic. A lot of fun, except for at night. I've got a pen/enclosed area for him with puppy pads, bed, food and water. I am having issues at night with him not going to sleep. he will whine and whine. The first few nights he will go to sleep when we do, but wake up a few hours later and the only way to get him to stop if i'm having to lay on the floor with him. I've ended up sleeping on the floor with him the last few nights. But i want to break that and tonight he won't go to bed at all he won't stop whining.
I love him to death, but want to make sure i do the right thing so he doesn't create any bad habbits.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:30 AM   #2
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Hi Ryan,
Your little guy sounds adorable. At only 9 weeks and just being apart from mum, he's just not used to being on his own. You will need to try and gradually get him used to being alone, its understandable that he's crying. Something that you can do that may help, is get a ticking clock and something like a hot water bottle or wheat heat pad, wrap it in well in blankets and put it in his bed with him. The theory is that the warmth, and ticking beat remind him of his mother's warm body and heartbeat - and can help him settle. Also, if you live near the breeder, it is good to have something with his mother's scent on it - ask if you can give them a towel that the mum can lie on and when you get it back put it in his bed.

He just needs to get used to his surroundings and being alone, so gradually build up small periods of time where you leave him alone - maybe leave some toys to distract him. He will soon realise that being alone isn't so scary. Good luck and I'd love to see some pics of the little guy!

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Hi Rhinoman and welcome to the forum.
Great advice from Melamaphine! This is just the beginning of puppy ownership so you may want to have a look in the FAQ section for some of the things that come up with little puppies. Good luck and enjoy the ride!
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You don't say how long you've had the dog (1 week, 2 weeks?). This behavior is common for a few nights when leaving it's mom, but your laying on the floor with it is teaching the pup how to control you. He whines, you come - not good.

The previous advice can certainly help, so try it. But you need to teach your pup he'll be ok alone. Don't make a fuss over it when it whines or that behavior will continue and get worse.

I would ignore the whining to see if the pup settles down on its own over 10-15 minutes (best solution). If that doesn't work, I'd start establishing some rules by telling the pup "NO - quiet" for that behavior. When it stops whining for a few seconds, I'd say "good boy, good quiet". After a bit it will learn whining gets "NO" and calm quiet gets "good boy".

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K9Guy is right here, the puppy needs to realise that whining isn't an automatic means of demanding attention. Although at only 9 weeks surely you cannot have had him for more than a week? In the UK no responsible breeder would take a pup away from its mother until then.

I agree that a certain amount of ignoring has to be done, but with such a young pup I would be reluctant to risk undue amounts of distress, because it could heighten the pup's anxiety. This pup has gone from being with its mum and littermates 24/7 to being alone for hours overnight, and he is still a baby. so if he was mine I would gradually lengthen the time he was left alone - using the same rewards that K9Guy suggests, and the clock and warmth is definitely worth a shot, it sometimes works wonders.

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Hello and Welcome to the Dog Forum. Poms are cute dogs.
What I personally would not do is give in to the whines of any puppy. I know it sounds some cruel, but if you can tolerate it a night or two it will quit.'

You need to play a radio of soft music and burn a night light so it is not left in pure dark. Leave a toy hopefully it is in a crate this young yet.? It is safer in a crate for a while now at bedtime and when gone from the home.

Practice leaving it some during the day while in the crate, go into another room and be very quiet, let it whine, do not return till it quits. Then pet n praise when u come back to the crate only when it is saying nothing.

It will get the idea of quitting and cuddling up on a soft blanket or pillow and relaxing knowing you will return. It will adjust to bedtime, but not while your giving in to the whines and cries. Close a door and go to bed, it will be fine and quit, trust me. I have had many puppies and they give up sooner than later, but not when your giving in to the cries.

Just turn a deaf ear and soon it will do just fine. That will become like its den and comfort zone. Good luck and if you need further help, holler....
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Wow! Thank you everyone for all of your input. I have only had the little guy for a week now. The situation i have been having at night is he goes to be fine (except for one night) and he sleeps for a few hours, but then he wakes up in the middle of the night and is awake ready to play. So i feel bad so i play with him for a little bit, then that is when he has the hard time going to sleep. So thats when i end up sleeping next to him. My thoughts are that he is so young, it is hard for him to sleep alone. And like someone mentioned, I don't want to create any feelings of neglect or anything in him. His quarters are right next to my bed, so its very difficult to ignore his wines. I've thought about going and sleeping on the couch, but i don't want him to feel i'm abandoning him. He is very very happy here, he loves to play and never seems nervous of skeptical about his surroundings. I'm thinking once he just gets a little more sense of this being his "home", maybe i will be more strict with him. His little whines just break my heart!
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Hey before little puppies are born, little puppy souls-to-be sit up in heaven and learn to wrap humans around their little paws.
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But it may be that he needs to go out and wee, so do take care of that! And if you turn out to be a softy as far as a puppy's whines go, well, no one here will blame you.
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