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Old 03-05-2006, 03:33 AM   #1
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Question I long for sleep!

I have had my puppy for one week now and he is 9 weeks old. I crate him at night and he howls, cries and yelps all night very loudly!! He wakes my whole household, even my daughter in the loft!
I have tried leaving him, he them messes and the howling gets worse. I toilet him outside before crating him late at night (ensuring I get a result) and get up early in the morning to let him go again and he still howls.
I have tried soft toys, heat pad, radio, lights on/off.
Please help I am desperate and getting to the point where I may have to take him back. Help

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Old 03-05-2006, 06:58 AM   #2
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Not perfect but have you tried moving his crate into your bedroom. Sounds as if he gets scared when left perhaps he is affraid of the dark. If he settles in your room after a few nights move his crate nearer the door and again after afew nights untill you have him outside the room with door open to start with, then close it a bit more every night untill he is sleeping on his own. Hope this is of some help let us know how you get on.

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Well on we ek is not long enough for a 9 week old pup to settle into his new life style. Do you cover the crate at night?
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:12 PM   #4
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Not perfect but have you tried moving his crate into your bedroom. Sounds as if he gets scared when left perhaps he is affraid of the dark. If he settles in your room after a few nights move his crate nearer the door and again after afew nights untill you have him outside the room with door open to start with, then close it a bit more every night untill he is sleeping on his own. Hope this is of some help let us know how you get on.
Agreed, standard rule of thumb is to have 2 crates, one in the family room where everyone is usually at during the day that can be used when you go out and another in your room at night. Keep in mind that dogs are pack oriented. If he is crated somewhere else besides your bedroom or a child's room at night then he is basically being shunned. This also applies to covering the crate. Letting him see you will help foster a sense of security and belonging...so covering the crate is not the best option. (unless he is a birddog...lol, sorry couldn't help it) We are very active with the Great Pyr Rescue of Greater Chicago and those are the rules we have for new adopter...2 crates. Also, in case no one mentioned it to you before, do not use the crate for punishment, it needs to be a place of safety for him. You may want to crate him during the day at times if gets too excited...like a time out, but do it with gentle verbal cues. The other recommendation I would have for you (again, another requirement of our rescue group) is get enrolled in a puppy class. And make sure it is not a class built on domination, but on praise and positive reinforcement. I have heard of people who in a training class are instructed to pin their dog on their back and hold them there until they break (usually involves the dog urinating) in order to establish dominance...what idiots!

Otherwise, be patient. He is a baby...people do not give their 6 mo old children up for adoption because they cry at night. He will come around, just give him a chance. The puppy class will also help you develop a bond with him that will help alieviate his anxienty which in turn should help with the crying.

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good advice bindusar, but my mate has two pups and they r 2 months old and since the time he got them they never slept with him or even near him cause he trained them to sleep on his verander in a big dog kennel and he would have to get up to take them to the toilet and stuff but he didnt mind cause they didnt cry or anything, but for some pups they might need to sleep in ur room for a while till they get used to ur house and outside as well. But for flora i would do wat nancy said and definitly put it through a training school thats y my dog is so well trained, well we done most ourself like we taught her to sit and wait for dinner and not go for it until we click our fingers but she wont go if the person who doesnt take her bowl out clicks there fingers

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my dog is 6 weeks old i got her 5 days ago, she cried and howled all night when she was in the crate so i let her stay in the kitchen with a little side light on, she hasnt cried since, my older dogs sleeping house which is covered in is in the kitchen and she sleeps in that while my older dog sleeps in the room.

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We got our lab when she was 7wks old. It took her a while to get used to her crate but once she did she was housebroke in 2 weeks. Finally when she was 1 1/2 she broke open the crate during the day while we were at work but now she stays in the living room and is totally housebroken and stays out of things. You have to stick to your guns and keep them in the crate at night. they will get use to it and it will become their own space.

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We live in an apartment, so when we got our pup, my husband and I took turns sleeping on the floor next to the crate! That lasted about a week until our pup got used to sleeping in the crate. Now she sometimes preferrs the crate to the bed. Don't worry! Your monster in a puppy costume will soon grow into a quieter dog! (believe it or not!)
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we gave our dogs our old pillow to sleep on and that worked for us, but moving the crate into a bedroom would probably help. the dog needs to smell its safe

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We keep our pups kennel in the bedroom next to our bed. At first he would cry for a few minutes before falling asleep. Now he is getting to know when it is bedtime and cry's no longer. Just be patient.

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