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Old 04-17-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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hey all, another question, I had heard that for the first couple of weeks once you get your puppy your not supposed to sleep in the same room as him, as to better the training or something? Although i really didnt like the sound of this, and just reading a few posts on here it seems you think differently ? i was thinking that we could keep his crate in my bedroom with his bed inside, leaving the door open. Leaving puppy pads/litter tray outside the cage just for emergencies, but wake up every 3-4 hours to take him outside to do his business? but as i was saying earlier unsure as whether or not the area outside is totally safe he might have to do his business inside for now. Does this sound ok? alot of people i know who own dogs have told me you need to keep him in a separate room like a kitchen with a cleanable floor for the first few nights. I don't think i have the heart to do that but people have said its for their own good to keep them seperated from you, all i think is they have just been took away from their mum and they shouldnt be left alone? the help would be appreciated thankyou! jen

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Old 04-17-2007, 03:55 PM   #2
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Nope. Don't separate him if you have a crate.

The cleaning is preferable to the separation anxiety.

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Old 04-17-2007, 04:28 PM   #3
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Personally, I think it's wrong to take a pup from it's pack(where he has slept, with his litter mates since birth), and leave him completely alone. It must seem like the end of the world to him. If you have a crate, why can't he be in your room? With both dogs, as pups, I would tire them out, make sure they went potty, and put them in the crate, and sit on the floor in front of the crate, and pet and talk to her-I always thought of this as the same as reading a bedtime story to a child. They learned quickly, this was the nighttime routine. Try wearing an old t-shirt for a few hours before bed time, them put the shirt in the crate for him to sleep with, your scent may help soothe him, this worked well for me. When we brought Kali home as a pup, I didn't sleep for days, all she did was cry! Pheobe was much better, but the first night was still rough. Wish you luck with your new pup.
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I agree with eb4i and Kalismom about not separating them.
I would advise against the litter tray/ wee pads. It seems that most of the time when a newbie posts about housebreaking problems, it is because they have been letting their dog go inside the house and then have a heck of a time retraining to pee and poo outside. You are in for some interrupted sleep for a while (sorry)
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saffi slept in our room from day one (he was 5 weeks old )
sure it was like having a new baby with the sleepless nights for feeding etc but he never cried and whimpered for his mama or siblings ........his toilet training was done by 8 weeks old with no slip ups since ( no not even one).
Im sure this helped him feel secure/safe and not lonely,
He is now a well adjusted dog, still sleeps in our room if he wants to and knows that as soon as we go to bed its not play time and he settles easily with no problems, other than if we want a lie in at the weekends he decides its time to get up and licks us awake but thats a small price to play for a happy contented doggy )
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I think where your puppy or adult dog are to sleep is really a personal choice. Don't be bullied by anybody's opinion, there is no absolute right or wrong answer, do what feels right in your household.

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thanks for the help again i'm relieved i don't have to keep him away.I don't mind the not hardly sleeping, i wouldn't sleep anyway if i knew he was in the other room. well thanks again! Jen

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