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Old 12-27-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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I just picked up an 8 week old boxer mix from a rescue 4 days ago. Its been a while since I've had a puppy and am looking for suggestions to get her to sleep in longer intervals at night. Last night she didn't sleep at all. The past two nights she's not interested in her dinner & then by 2 am she's starving & looking for food. I know puppies sleep alot but after 15-20 minutes of playing she takes a nap. She was in a rescue in a home with 20 other dogs so she's not use to sleeping alone. Any suggestions??

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Old 12-27-2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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Hi jennamaxx and welcome to the forum
Bless you for rescuing!
It can be pretty scary for an eight week old pup to be taken away from a familiar environment and thrust into a new home. I'd make sure that the puppy has a stuffed toy and a soft and warm place to sleep. Of course the little mite will be fightened and lonely so the little pup will whine.
I think the most important thing is to establish a routine. As you said, the pup is not used to sleeping alone. The sooner the doggy knows what will happen at a given time of day, the sooner things will quiet down. Even an adult dog needs a couple of weeks to adjust after being adopted and a puppy will not be any different.
You might consider wiping yourself with an old towel and putting the towel in with the pup's bedding, that will help give a feeing of secuity.
Good luck and let us know how you get on!
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Hi Jennamaxx Welcome aboard to Df Re the not eating puppies at 8 weeks old will need very small amounts at regular intervals around 4 -5 times a day (Please check the bag or can for correct amounts etc) Also puppies will need (house) ground rules from the very first day you got her. You need to tire your puppy with some gentle play time when she is awake. (What's her name) and try and not let her sleep during the day
too much keep her entertained. etc and she should sleep at night better. Enjoy your new puppy and the forum too. Good luck and ATB
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You might want to lay a light blanket or some kind of cover over 3 parts of the crate if it is in one to give privacey and comfort. Play a radio of low music and burn a small night lite works great, let it houl and whine, it will soon find to appreciate a good home. Do not go to it as it will only get worse, try and shut the door, make sure it is comfy and let some papers down if not in a crate and it will adjust in few days.
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Along with bedding tlike a old towel etc with your body scent on it put under the bed clothes a ticking small clock/watch this will resemble the mother's heart beat. and like sheplovr says let it whine/howl yes you might be tempted to check on it and if you do then this will get worse as it's attention seeking. So when you put the puppy to bed that is it till the next day. You are a for rescuing a 8 week old puppy that now will have a great start in life ATB
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thank you for all of your responses. we took jenna to the vet this morning. she's been admitted with dehydration & pneumonia. all other tests so far have come back normal. she's getting antibiotics thru iv. we're just waiting for blood tests to come re: parvo & parasites. we're so
happy that we were able to resuce a dog. but we never thought that we would be rescuing a dog from a rescue shelter. hopefully the other 20 dogs that are living in the rescue home are ok!!! do you think the owner of the rescue shelter lied to us about her conditons??? we'd like to think not. well, hopefully every thing will be ok with jenna & we'll be able to enjoy a long happy life with her.

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I'm sorry to hear Jenna's not doing well. I'm so glad you got her to the vets quickly and they are caring for her. Hopefully the other blood tests come back negative and she just needs a little more rest and fluids. I don't know about the rescue shelter, maybe they didn't know about her condition. Keep us posted on how she is doing.
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Not good sorry to hear about Jenna. Pneumonia is pretty serious in a pup but hopefully through you acting quickly by seeing a vet and treatment has started now Jenna will be ok! Fingers and paws crossed for the other tests and blood results to be negative. Sorry but yes the shelter could have lied about the conditons Jenna lived in, especialy if you haven't really seen in side the shelter. I do think you need to inform them and the RSPCA/SPCA though of what's happened incase the other dogs have similar symptoms. Hope all goes well for little Jenna and she will be home really soon!! Keep us updated ATB Jennamaxx
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