(Closed) Need puppy help!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If she’s in a crate it’s less likely that she’ll pee.

Chances are you’re actually teaching her that when she barks you come let her out. You need to get her used to your schedule. Buy earplugs if necessary so that you can sleep till you need to and then get her up. Eventually she’ll learn that barking doesn’t equal you getting up.

My dog didn’t like sleeping in a pen at night when I moved – for about 2 weeks she would bark during the night. Now she doesn’t make a sound when she’s put in it because she knows it’s bedtime and barking is not going to change that.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

If the crate is the proper size, small enough for her to turn around and lie down, but no larger, then she will not go in her crate. Leave her in there and either ignore her completely until you are ready to take her out, or scold her (BAH! loud noise, bang a pot, etc.) then praise her when she is quiet. You are in charge here, not her. Her barking may be annoying, but you need to be the adult and ignore it.

I agree with pp that “you’re actually teaching her that when she barks you come let her out. You need to get her used to your schedule. Buy earplugs if necessary so that you can sleep till you need to and then get her up. Eventually she’ll learn that barking doesn’t equal you getting up.”

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

That sounds just like my pug when I got him!  He isn’t in a crate but he would start to whine from the bottom of the stairs at 4 am.  We ended up getting a child gate and we gated him in the kitchen.  It took a bit for him to “get it” but now he doesn’t whine (or we just don’t hear him), just sits by the gate till we are up (usually around 6) and ready to take him out and feed him.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m sorry but I completely disagree with those who say to just leave her in her crate and she will not pee. My mom gave me this advice, we tried it, and after he whined for a while he just peed in the crate. It was a huge mess and not only did we still end up getting up at 3am, we also had to clean out his crate.

How old is she? Our puppy is now 4.5 months and he sleeps until 6am now. In the beginning he was up at 1am, then 2am, then 3, 4, 5. Like I said, he makes it until 6 now. During the week that’s when we get up anyways, on the weekends we get up, let him out, play with him a bit, and then put him back in his crate and he tends to go back to sleep.

Could you try letting her out and then giving her something yummy to chew on in her crate?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Haha, I would be mad at my Fiance too!!!

As far as knowing if she needs to go out or is just being loud. Is she just barking or is she whining too? Our breeder told us that if he is desperately whining he likely needs to go out, any other kind of noise is probably just him being annoying.

Like I said, we left him and he just ended up peeing in his crate, but he was a lot younger than 16 weeks! The fact that she pees and poops right away though, that leads me to believe she really does have to go out.

Hang in there. Soon she’ll have more bladder control!!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh it is almost like having a newborn!!!  I was sooo super tired the first few months I had my puppy.  One tip is putting a sheet or towel over the back and sides of the crate to keep it “dark” in there…..my puppy used to wake up from the light outside I think…I just made sure to face the front of the crate away from the window and covered the rest up with a blanket and it seemed to help.

Trust me, this too shall pass…just hang in there and remember — she loves you unconditionally Innocent and you are her whole world so try not to get too frustrated with her!

Good Luck!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second putting a towel over the crate.  For me, I would still take the puppy at 4:30 if she’s going right away when you let her out, it took Quil about 4,5 months before he’d sleep all the way through the night?  So you should be almost there!

But anyway, we used a towel over his crate, and I think he much preferred it.  He slept better, and longer that way.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Our home and the two acres it sits on

She pees right when she gets out of the crate because you did a good job training her that she should!  That’s good!

Try ignoring her until 6.  Pay attention to her sounds, and if it turns out she peed/ pooped, then you’ll know what “I need to goooo!” sounds like (versus just being an alarm clock).  Worst case, you end up back where you are, right?

Good luck! Puppies are exhausting, but boy, do you learn a lot.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

HAHAHA Roxy — I know what you mean — my first puppy was an angel and I NEVER had any issues with him….But Bella, my new pup??  ARGGHHH!!!!  She is Naughty, yes, with a capital N!!!!!

Of course, I love her so here is some puppy love:

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I have a puppy a bit younger than that, we’re not crate training so I’m not sure about all that.  With her though some mornings she’ll sleep in and some not so much.  So I’ll take her and my older dog out (sometimes the older one won’t get up) and then leave her downstairs with a bone and she runs around the living room for like 5 minutes and then she comes back up to bed with us.  She’ll try for like 2 minutes to nibble on us and have us play but she’ll usually go back to bed until like 7 (or if we’re really lucky then 8).  If she’s really hyper she’ll just run back downstairs and play with her bone until we wake up.  We have lots of doors in the house so it’s nice because we can shut her out of most things so she can only go in the living room or run upstairs to our room. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

Unfortunately I think your puppy really does have to use the restroom.  The general rule of potty training is a dog can hold their bladder one hour for every month old they are.  So a four month old can really only hold it for four hours.  You’re lucky your puppy is alerting you to let you know they need to pee, my dog used to just pee on himself.

My recommendation is to put a leash on the dog while taking them out of the crate.  Keep the leash on to go outside.  When they come back in, they already are on a leash, and should be easy enough to corral them back into their crate.  Then toss a sheet over their crate to let them know they are going back to SLEEP, that it isn’t playtime.  (I would make sure it’s an old sheet, my brother’s dog got ahold of one and tore the corner to pieces…)  My parent’s dog used to wake up super early and bark and howl.  They would go down, let him out, then put him right back.  He eventually learned that barking in his crate ONLY resulted in going out to potty, not being let out entirely.

I know it’s A LOT of work raising a puppy, stick in there!  They grow so fast and before you know it they’re lazy couch potatoes!

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