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Old 09-06-2006, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone...

I was just reading through some of the older posts and current posts from other users on the forum and I had some questions that popped into my head that I wanted to ask.

I currently have the crate in my bedroom and I've had the crate in bedroom since I got him when he was 8 weeks. My puppy is 10 weeks old now. I wake up a couple times during the night to take him to his pee pads to do his potty business. Well, he actually wakes up and starts scratching and whining a tad to wake me up so I let him out to go potty. The pee pads are in his exercise den in another room. Oh, I am still working on his potty training. His last meal is at 7pm and water at 9pm.

There has a been a few times where he will whine in the night because he wants to be out of the crate to play...that's like 2am in the morning. And there were times where he actually needed to go potty 2am in the morning. So I don't know how to tell when it's potty or when it's him being a little rebel. I'm still trying to feel him out.

Plus, he isn't fully potty trained yet...we're still working on that. He does a very good job going on his pee pads when I have him in his exercise pen. But when I let him out of the pen to play or what not, that's when it gets risky. He'll go on his pee pads that I place in the same desingated places and sometimes he'll go in places that he's marked when he had his accidents.
I put him in the exercise den (where he has his little area for potty and a little area for his water and food) during the day when I can't keep an eye on him fully. Other times, I follow him around the place when he's exploring and sniffing. And at nights, I move his crate into my bedroom. I am thinking about moving his crate out of my bedroom and into his exercise den for bedtime. Is this a good idea? I wasn't sure if I should just wait util he's a little older.

Just a little side note: I live in a high rise loft and don't have access to a backyard. We do have a grassy common area on the property where everyone else in the building takes their dogs to take care of their business which I want to avoid taking him to. Since I took him home at 8 weeks, I didn't want to expose him to other dogs or take him out too much until he completed more shots. And this is the reason why I chose to potty train him on pee pads and not outside. He now has his second set of shots completed.

Please let me know what you all think. Any suggestions and recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Sorry guys for the long post again. I wanted to give as much info as possible.

Thanks!

Shi

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Old 09-06-2006, 09:43 PM   #2
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Oh Dear Maybe Move That Last Feeding To Five P.m , Lift The Water Bowel At Six P.m. Let Out Late As Possible Maybe After Evening 11 News? Yes, Keeping The Crate By Your Bed If Fine, Most Kind People Do This For The Puppy No Harm Done. I Would Just Adjust The Meal And Water To Earlier And I Think He Will Adapt To That Change And Learn Quicker.
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Old 09-07-2006, 02:36 AM   #3
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It's 3:40 am here right now and I just got peed on. We keep our 8 week old pup in his crate in our bedroom and he just woke up so i got up and was carrying him downstairs to go outside when he all of a sudden decided he had held it long enough and soaked us both.

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fuel -- hahaha...i think dogs do smile!

sheplovr -- thanks for the reply! i'm going to continue to keep his crate in our bedroom. he's actually pee-ing less now. last night, i got up twice to take him potty. when we first got him, we were taking him to potty like 3-4 times a nite!

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Before reading this thread i was irritated with our puppy waking us up at 6:42 every morning. She's a biological alarm clock! Guess we should be happy she is letting us sleep through the night. Sorry i dont have any advice, she just sleeps all night, we give her her last meal around 8-9 pm and dont restrict water at all. Usually after 11 she goes upstairs to the bedroom and goes right into her crate. we reward this with treats.

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thanks doodlelover! yep! i found our puppy is also a biological alarm clock too! our puppy wakes up every morning exactly at 5.30 am every morning!! on the weekdays it's not so bad since i have to get up to get ready for work but on the weekends....oh my! but he's gotten better since i posted this question the question on this thread. he now only goes potty on his pee pads and not in any other spots. and now i only have to get up like once a night to take him potty! so he's getting better! yey! =)

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wow...i decided to check out this forum to ask the same question......cool

my puppy is somewhere in 3-4 months old....got her from a shelter, she was a stray, so not much is known about her

i have the crate in the kitchen and shes doing great, she only whines in the AM to get let out (hasnt made it 2 times so far in 2 days....which isnt bad at all!)..........i've had her a whopping total of 2 days

i was curious if not having her in my room would give her some sort of puppy psycological complex where she doesnt feel like "part of the pack" or will get depressed and chews up my house when shes older.
---any opinions? i think she'll be OK in the kitchen as she has been so far.....but looking for 2nd opinions.



shes doing good so far....chills out in her crate with the door open when shes hang'n out....only whines when she just gets put in.....or needs to get let out.


I had dogs growing up but this is my first one thats just mine since getting done with college...so im learning.

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Hi!!! Welcome to Dogforum.org.

I think she will be fine in the kitchen if that is where you want her to stay.

If she starts to whine and cry at night put a radio beside her crate and leave it on quietly or you can try to put a ticking clock beside the crate but I found that the radio works better.

Lots of exercise during the day helps too, keeps her tired so she will sleep at night.

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yea i try to wear her out...its the only way I get to get some sleep as well! otherwise she'd be up all night.....

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