Help! New puppy and nighttime
Ignore it. If that’s the routine you want it to follow and where it shall sleep then you have to set the standard. Just make a big fuss when you get up. Its only been a few days and would be used to its brothers and sisters next to it in the night.
The most important thing with a new puppy is being consistent even though sometimes it may pull at your heart strings.Posted 4 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
I caved. Let him sleep under my bed. As he got bigger, he didn’t fit. He wanted up on the bed, I caved. Best part of ten years sharing my bed with a massive German shepherd (dog, not a bloke looking after sheep).
I know it’s not the done thing but I loved that dog. Don’t regret it to this day.Posted 4 years ago
We’ve just got a new puppy home a few days ago – things aren’t going too bad and wanted to bounce our routine off STW doggers to see if we can improve on what we are doing.
Our puppy is going to bed in the kitchen in a puppy pen with paper down and water – we have also got a crate in the puppy pen as a place to sleep but we leave the door open.
We’re taking her to toilet before bed at about 11pm after some vigorous play to wear her out. Once we turn the lights off she crys for about 10-20minutes and then settles.
However, we are finding that when we get up in the night for toilet, she doesn’t want to go back to bed and whines for 30-60minutes. Any ideas on how we can reduce the whining or is this normal?Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
We went one step further, and she sleeps in the crate with the door shut. Still does now at 4 months.
As above, don’t cave. The only other thing we did was to leave a radio playing in the background at low volume. Highly likely she’s never experienced ‘silence’ before.Posted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
I have known people to take month for pups to settle. A work colleague wondered what the hell he had done to try and get his boxer to settle. We manage to settle our pup in 8 or 9 days. The wife was sleeping in the lounge near her cage and apart from waking for a wee or two, she was fine. Pup looks lovely by the way.Posted 4 years agodocstarMember
Hi , with my Setter I used to spray him in the face with some water, not a super soaker but just a fine mist from one of those plant spraying bottles, shut the wee bugger right up! The upside is that he doesn’t whine and at nearly 4 years I have yet to hear him bark, the downside is that he hates water, won’t wade deeper than his tits and goes into his bed when I’m refilling his water bowl.Posted 4 years ago
Not a bad night sleep really – left her in and came down at 6am (after a little whining from her) Not sure how much she was whining though as a 3hour ride and a 4.30am start yesterday ruined me.
Daftvader – been teaching her to sit, bit of recall etc so far and I think the Lab in her is loving working for the rewards. How are you getting on with yours? How old? Got any pics?Posted 4 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
Lord merchant, our lurcher didnt settle until I slept in the living room with the pup in cage nearby. Took two nights and then she was fine. Later she voted with her feet and refused to come in last thing at night to go in the cage preferring her kennel. She now aged four sleeps on the sofa, although recently its been too hot so she has slept outside again a few times.Posted 4 years ago
Lilly is just a year old and is becoming one of the best dog I have had for years. Her recall is pretty good but she still loves to jump up at people especially kids… minivaders fault I’m afraid, he doesn’t care so she thinks its ok… we’re working on that. She loves food, proper dustbin given half the chance and will also happily eat anything she finds, dessicated frog was this weeks favourite! She is still a bit manic in crowded places but that is getting better too. All told I don’t think we could have gotten a better family pet. Loves walking and will happily go for hours and still want to play when she gets home, equally loves to cuddle up on the sofa and chilli out… pics now as requested. …. and we have no idea where her piggy tail comes from 😀Posted 4 years ago
Its great… she just pulled her head out of a collar so we tried a normal webbing type which didnt fit too well. This one we got from robinsons (the horse place) half the price of the other stores. It fits well and doesn’t get in the way when she’s hooning around like a mad thingPosted 4 years ago
Bushwacked – yea he’s a KC registered purebred.
I’m sure you will have many happy years to come.
Our lab doesn’t jump up at all unless he’s told he can. Amazing with children, my 2.5 year old can do pretty much anything with him and he just isn’t bothered.
We had a slightly iffy time when he was around 18months but as our vet confirmed he was in his teenage years so fighting to be top dog.. Bit of rough play with me to show him who was top dog and he’s been fine ever since.
Being a pack animal sooner or later you’ll have to put them in there place. I’m not saying to hit your pet, a light tap on the nose with a rolled up newspaper works, I was told never to hit (not that I expect you would anyway) as you don’t want them to associate a hand coming towards them with being hurt and could cause them to lash out (possibly at the wrong people).
We found with the water it was best to remove the water at say 10pm.. Final wee around 10:30pm then sleep time. At your puppy’s age their bladder is tiny so allowing free access to water overnight won’t help with stopping overnight toilet breaks.Posted 4 years agomeribelmtbMember
Meet Rufus. He’s 14 weeks old now so we’ve just been through what Bushwhacked is going through. For the first few weeks we took water away at 10pm, tired him out, took him for a pee at 2330 ish and put him in his cage, closed the door then let him out at 630 for a pee again. We didn’t hear a peep from him during the night. His bladder is much stronger now and he lets us know when he needs to go out by sitting by the door.
As with everyone else in the thread my advice would be don’t cave to any bad behaviour or whining. You’re in charge and you set the boundaries. Enjoy!
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