Post # 1
Mulligan!!!! He is a lab/retrieve mix that we got from a family who’s dog had a litter of pups at the end of December. He has only been with us since Wednesday, but he’s doing well. Our only problems are with crate training and crying at night when he’s in his crate. I’m hoping that stops soon because no one is getting sleep at our house.
He’s so funny and quirky, and we love him (of course)
Post # 3
Awww! He is so cute! Love the puppy paws!
Post # 4
What a big cutie!! He looks like my youngest puppy. :p
I’ll be the first to admit, we didn’t crate train at night, but sorry about his crying! I’m sure it’s heartbreaking. Ours are crate trained for when we leave, but they sleep in their beds in the corner of our bedroom. Teaching “off” and “bedtime” was a lot easier than keeping them in a crate.
Post # 5
Love him. I’m so jealous!!! We want a lab too, one day my dreams will come true!! haha, enjoy him!
Post # 6
He’s absolutely adorable!!! Love his name, too. I have a black lab as well!
ETA: Try putting an old shirt or something that smells like you in his crate with him. It will probably calm him down. You just say “go in your house” to our lab now and he wanders right in – it becomes their safe place after they get used to it!
Post # 7
What a cutie! Our puppy cried at night for the first couple weeks, but he’s gotten to where he’ll go in his crate when he’s ready to go to bed. It’s just an adjustment period for them, I’m sure he’ll be fine!
Post # 7
@amelia: We would let him sleep out of his crate, but he wakes in the middle of the night and wants to play. I’m afraid he’d chew stuff up or wander off and potty in our bedroom. It is heartbreaking to hear him cry. Any words of wisdom/suggestions with using a dog bed instead?
Post # 8
@jo.lee Thanks for the encouragement!! =)
Post # 9
@greeneyes_320: If you want him to sleep in his bed, what we did was we set a routine. Now (we’ve had them for almost 2 years and they were puppies) they know when the lights go off, it’s bed time. They go curl up in their beds and they’re out till morning. We taught “off” with a hand-motion for when they would want to get up on the bed, and “bedtime” we say as we’re turning the lights out. However, this worked best AFTER they did puppy kindergarten and had learned some basic commands. For the first few weeks we were just persistent. We would throw a treat in their bed, we’d sit on the floor next to it, we’d give them lots of praise when they were in their beds.
Crate training can be great, and I know lots of bees do it, but we just use ours when we feel necessary aka when we leave the apartment. They’re not responsible enough to roam around the house while we’re gone, we’re hoping to get there when they are older though. Now when we go to leave they go and sit in their crates until we close the door. Dogs are smarter than we think. :p
Post # 10
Oh! And make sure he is SUPER tired before bedtime. Lots of play, long walk, whatever. We liked to mentally exhaust ours with this laser pointer thing they’d chase. haha.
Post # 11
ARGH!!!!!! HE IS ADORABLE!! sooo cutee! jealous!!
I lovvee dogs. I always go on dailypuppy.com ahah. Luckily FI does too, and we agree on the same breeds. He is hoping for a black lab soon as well.
When my family got our puppy (golden retriever,she is 13 now) she cried at night too. But she stopped after a week or so.
But I think the secret is that when they cry, you ignore it. It is really hard, but if you keep coming in the night and seeing him, he will like that and always do that even as an adult.
We also never did anything crate. Didn’t ever own one. She slept in a doggy bed in the corner in the laundry/mud room and never had any problems.
Anyways, such a cute dog!!
Post # 12
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Too adorable! And look at those big paws! So much love, enjoy your new family member!
Post # 13
AAAWWWWWWW!!!!! so cute! congratulations=)
Post # 14
I have a 4 month old lab mix puppy right now too!
We have a crate in the bedroom as well as his main crate downstairs! He LOVES his bedroom crate and goes in there when he’s ready for bed (he likes the downstairs crate but knows he gets left alone in it). The bedroom crate eliminated night crying immediately!
Post # 15
Wow. Look at those paws. They’re huge. He’s gonna be a big boy. So adorable.