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Old 01-21-2010, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default Giant Schnauzer pup whines and cries alot

Hi I am new to the forum and has found this site very informative. Kudos to all.

I am a new parent to a 7 week old giant schnauzer. I am doing the crate training to housebreak him and so far it seemed to be working. My problem is he has just been weaned from his mom and siblings and he cries and whines alot. keeps everybody up all night. I put a towel with his mom and sibling scent on it and one of my shirts but he still keeps going at it. It is just hard to ignore him. But I dont wanna give in or else he will do that all the time when he wants something. Any advice on how to respond to this and minimize or possibly stop this?

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I have found that putting a blanket over the crate sometimes seems to help. Have you tried putting a Kong with something in it, in his crate? or a clock that ticks under his bed? I usually put the crate alongside the bed so they don't feel so deserted. At seven weeks they will really miss their litter mates and will have to get up to go to the bathroom several times a night.

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It's hard... but the surest way for him to learn that whining will not get him attention is not to give it to him. It means making sure that his needs are met (not hungry, thirsty, and needs to potty), then shutting the crate door and letting it go. Some dogs get it in a few nights, others will keep trying--especially if their cries have resulted in someone coming and taking them out for play! Be sure to only let him when he's quiet.

The blanket over the crate also does help, less visual stimulation. Don't get discouraged, it will work out with patience and persistence.
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Thank you ..I'll try your suggestions.

Also, I noticed that he whines while he is outside playing. I just look away and ignore him and he would stop but after a few he whines again.

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Thank you ..I'll try your suggestions.

Also, I noticed that he whines while he is outside playing. I just look away and ignore him and he would stop but after a few he whines again.
I too had a pup (See Avatar) which is now 2 years I followed the suggestion in the puppy hand book to the letter and only one nights sleep was disrupted. So be patient and no giving in, no attention either it will get easier honest Re: Playing out side and whining I can understand that, he needs you to be part of the play and there is nothing wrong that. So I would take control and instigate play when you want to
play to start and when to stop! Make sure there is clear boundaries so he understands! Good luck and oh welcome aboard and keeep us posted on any progress made. ATB
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Thank you all for the suggestion. Max' whining has lessened as we pay no attention to him when he does it. the vet said that it is because has was weaned from his mom early and was use to having his siblings around him. So I make sure that when he naps I am there with him. He likes to snuggle. One funny thing that happened yesterday was he tried to nurse on my mom's male aussie.

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