(Closed) Desperately need sleep

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1431 posts
Bumble bee

Oh man I’m sorry! My puppy is 4 months now and has been sleeping through the night since about 11 weeks but I remember waking up through the night for potty breaks and being sleep deprived to the point of wanting to cry nad having to call in sick once for work because I was a zombie. I never had to deal with the crying or whining longer than a couple mintutes.  Is he sleeping next to your bed? When he began to fuss int he beginning I would just put my fingers in his crate for a couple minutes so he knew I was there. Also, try setting your alarm for every couple hours to let him out to go potty of if your a light sleeper let him out as soon as he starts to stir. Don’t let him cry frist, maybe he will settle down easier that way. Does he like his crate at all? We did everything they said on the internet to get him accainted with his crate as soon as we got him and We always gave him treats when he would go in in the beginning and always had his favorte stuffed animal and a toy in there and would never sue the crate for when he was being bad. We had to keep that as his “safe place”  Covering the crate with a blanket can also help.  Just know that it gets better! But if he is having seperation anxiety and really emotionally upset when he is in the crate that can be a whole other issues you have the deal with that I heard some dogs have.  Good luck!

Post # 4
5 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have a four month old puppy and the first few nights in her crate I put our worn clothing right outside the crate door so she could smell our scent.  That seemed to calm her, although she never cried in the middle of the night, just right after we put her in the crate.  I would leave the clothes in front of her all night.

Post # 5
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

Don’t give in.  It stinks so bad, I know, but you’ll have to start all over again.  One of my dogs did this intermittently for 3 weeks.  He’d be good for a couple of nights and start again.  Stay strong – it will stop!

Post # 6
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

It gets better I promise. And if you put in the time now it’ll be well worth it. If you take him out of the crate then every night will just get worse because he’ll think that crying is getting him out. I remember crying the first night we crate trained our older pup.

Post # 7
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It will get better, just stay strong!  Try your hardest to not take him out when he’s crying…keep remembering he’ll associate the crying with coming out.

A couple things to try: give him a toy stuffed animal to cuddle with.  Like PP’s said, he wants to feel close to something.  He’s in a new place and he’s probably scared, so the stuffed animal may really help.

Also, we got our puppy from the liter (others were still there) so we were really worried how he’d do the first nights alone with us.  However, we socialized him with the kennel before bed (would put a toy/treat in there and have him go in to get it, hold him in there and pet him with the door open for a few minutes at a time and then let him out, etc.). We also had him fall asleep on the floor and after a few minutes (when’s he’s falling into a deeper sleep) we’d move him in the kennel and have the door open.  Of course the first few times he crawled right back out, but the 5th or so time he just closed his eyes again and kept sleeping in there.  Then, after few more minutes, we closed the door with him sleeping in there but stayed out in the living with him a bit longer before we went into our bedroom.  He hasn’t cried when in his kennel at all.

I think a main trick is getting him used to the kennel at other times besides bed time.  You want him to feel like it’s his space and a safe place, so keep thinking of ways to socialize him with it. 🙂 

Good luck and congratulations on the new addition! Can we see a picture?!?


Post # 8
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

This is why puppys are cute….so you don’t want to kill them or kill yourself!

It’s not always talked about but puppies are huge work and sleep killers. They are basiclly like new born babies! As others said, it does get better- you just have tough it out!

Post # 11
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Do you have a big enough house/apartment to put the crate somewhere you can’t hear the dog?  

Post # 12
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Aww I feel you!  Mine is 9 months now, but from the beginning you have to just ignore them.  Make sure they get enough exercise and play time while you are up.  If you have to do the middle of the night thing make it fast if you can.  At first we had her crate in our room bad idea.  It is now down in the kitchen.  Good Luck!

Post # 14
2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@sleepypanda:  He is sooo adorable! I got my puppy at 9 weeks and we kept in in his crate in our room for a few weeks and then eventually moved him further and further away until he was downstairs. There was still some whining when he moved downstairs but eventually it stopped. It was definitely a couple of months that I was hopping up and taking him outside in teh middle of the night.

Post # 16
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Have you tried covering his crates with towels or blankets or making a “nest” for him out of his bed inside the crate? It really helps the den feel.

With some of our fosters, we left the radio and a little night light on as well so they would think we were in the room with him. 

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