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Old 08-08-2008, 07:24 AM   #1
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I am i dire need of sleep. My puppy goes to sleep on night in her bed just fine but then wakes up at two full of energy ready to play, she then goes back to sleep and wakes up at 4 then 6, its just draining all of my energy. Ive tried repeatedly putting her back to bed, cuddling her stroking her, ignoring her. Nothing seems to work!

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firstly...you have to decide your plan of action...AND STICK TO IT!!!

you cant do the cuddling one time and the ignoring the next, poor pup wont know what to do.

where is pup sleeping? has she a bed or a crate? how old is she? how many nights have you had her???
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firstly...you have to decide your plan of action...AND STICK TO IT!!!

you cant do the cuddling one time and the ignoring the next, poor pup wont know what to do.

Right now you are teaching your pup that she can wake you up for a play session. If you ignore her and stick to it, she'll give it up, but it won't happen in one or two days.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:21 AM   #4
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currently she has a bed in the corner of our bedroom, we have ordered her a cage of the net and are waiting for it to arrive. We have only had her two nights and shes only 7 weeks old.

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How often do you take her to the toilet during the night? Maybe she needs to go? Oscar goes to bed about 10 pm and is always awake by 6 am and is ready to get up. Like a baby, I think it's something you have to accept and get used to. I'm not particularly fond of standing outside in the freezing cold at that hour or playing wild games but it comes with the territory. Try and be consistent. I know it's so hard when a tiny pup cries but you have to be cruel to be kind.

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7 weeks is very young to be away from its mother. If it needs to pee that often I would limit fluids a couple of hours before bed time. This is also when a crate would come in handy. With Myka at 9 weeks the first night was hell, second night he got up once or twice. We would take him out to relieve himself then back into the crate. I would try to be very boring, leave the lights off and take him out then back to bed in the crate. He would cry for a bit then get back to sleep. I have a chew toy and a plush toy in the crate so he can "entertain" him self till he falls asleep. Don't pop up with the first noise from your dog. Let him try to go back to sleep on his own. Sometimes they will wake, cry, then get back to sleep, not having to go out. If you give him attention at every peep you will never get a good nights sleep.
BTW, after 3 nights Myka is in bed by 10:00 and up at 5:30. This is my schedule, I'm an early riser, not his.

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You've gotten great advice in here so far. Both my Border Collie and my previous Sheltie were raised in the same method AussiesRock mentioned. Crate training: at night when they wake up and insist it's outside for a quick potty break, then back into the crate and ignored. It's been a while, but I seem to recall it taking roughly a week before they gave up trying to keep me awake. This is your chance to get an early start on establishing who is going to be laying down the line and who's going to be in charge of the life schedule. No playtime at night, night is for sleeping. Make that message firm and clear, and in time puppy will get the message.
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Thanks guys, her crate came yesterday, she fell asleep in it about 12, then she woke up at 3 and cried so i let her out for a pee but she didnt want one, so I put her back in the crate and she just cried and cried, I ignored her but she didnt go back to sleep for two hours then was awake again an hour later, so Im still so tired. Do you think it would be a good idea to leave her in her crate downstairs with a puppy pad then she wont be waking me up and will learn when she cries no one is coming?

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You would do well to invest in some ear plugs or stick your music earphones in your ears!

I often have to resort to this if relatives bring puppies or even strange dogs that don't know where they are. Poor Jake could do with some too as I know they disturb him

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I'm with AussiesRock on this one. 7 weeks is very very young and no doubt she misses her mother and littermates. A soft plush toy often goes a long way in helping them adjust.
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