(Closed) New Puppy Help!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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beautyofdreams:  Youre going to have to let him cry and howl. By giving in, youre reinforcing the behavior that he’ll cry and you’ll come rushing. Keep in mind that he just was taken away from his mom and siblings and is probably feeling lonely. I would probably keep him in the bedroom so he knows that youre there (if you plan on him sleeping in there forever). 

He could also be howling if he needs ot use the bathroom. Does he go from 9:30 – 6:40 without a bathroom break? Most puppies need to go out every couple of hours. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

It definitely took our pup some time to get used to her new surroundings, and you may have to put up with some amount of crying while your dog acclimates to the new home.  

Is the crate just open? Even once our dog was more acclimated she struggled with the crate until we started draping it so it feels more closed.  One wall is totally open still (the back) which doesn’t seem to bother her, but we have a blanket that goes over the top and the side (longer) walls, and a separate cloth that drapes down over the front of the crate when she’s inside.  Lu loves her crate, now.

There are also some great crate training videos online to help the dog have positive associations with the crate in its new location; maybe try some of those?  We used clicker training with Lucy (try a search for “shaping crate training”) and always fed her in her crate and she really does love it.  She sometimes wanders off and goes in there to nap during the day, even when she’s loose, and if she gets nervous she will dash off to her crate, which she knows is a safe space. Good luck–you will get there!

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Helper bee

Also forgot until now–when we first got her, and she cried in the night, it seemed to help her just to hear our voices a little.  So we would leave her in the crate and not come visit her or pat her, but we would whisper to her and tell her everything was okay, and read to her for awhile–just so she knew we were still there.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I would definitely let him sleep in the crate in the bedroom with you guys, maybe facing the bed so that he can see you? Also like the PP said puppies do need to go out every hour. My Fiance and I made this mistake when we first got our Toy Aussie; we put him in the crate the first night and he cried and cried and cried, woke up to find he went potty in it, didnt even cross my mind he was crying because he needed to go potty. Some people also put an alarm clock that ticks in with the puppy, its soothing and resembles the moms heartbeat. Hope this works for you OP. We would set an alarm for every two hours and take him out to potty then Fiance would play with him until he went to sleep. It was like having a baby! lol

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

We’ve gone through puppy crate training twice in the last year. Our boy puppy (Murphy) took about three nights to get used to it, and our girl puppy (Maggie) took about a month. So, it can go either way! The good news is that it absolutely does get better!

With both of ours, these are things that helped: a blanket or towel over the crate, a toy or lovey that they only got in the crate, a treat for getting in the crate willingly, and a shirt in the crate that my husband or I had slept in and not washed. We keep both crates in our bedroom.

PP is also on point with the potty break thing! If he settles and then starts whining again in the middle of the night, it’s probably because he needs to potty. Just make sure you don’t make that a party time – pick him up or leash him, take him right outside, praise him for going (or however you’re rewarding good potty behavior), and then right back to the crate!

Good luck – Jackson is so cute!

 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I dont have a puppy but I do agree about not reinforcing the behaviour. What about putting an old t-shirt or something that smells like you nearby so your scent is there as a comfort. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

When our dog was a puppy he also cried all night and we would get up around 2 or 3 am to take him to pee and then put him back in. For the first few months it was a pain in the butt. We have never used his crate/kennel as a punishment.  We put his favorite toy in there or we’ll put his favorite treat in there so he can enjoy going to his kennel. He loves his kennel.  When it’s time for bed he actually goes to his kennel alone.  We’ve tried leaving him out at night but in the morning we wake up and he’s in his kennel. It takes alot patience.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yeah we had to take my puppy out at least once in the middle of the night. 

I know it’s hard but u have to not give into the crying! 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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beautyofdreams:  What about exercise? At 8 weeks nothing too strenuous but helping him burn some energy before bed and he may sleep better for you. Crate training is something to get adjusted too but once your pass the first few days it is usually great!

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