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last nap time

We finally picked up Leo this weekend. He sleeps a good deal during the day but wakes up a few times at night--once to pee but other times b/c I think he's scared. Is there a time at the end of the day that we should not let him nap so that he'll sleep longer at night?

He's doing well as far as eating. We are working on eliminating on the pee pad--a few accidents but not too bad. Just hoping for more sleep at night!
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Awww...Leo is as cute as a bug! Sorry I'm not very good with training issues. I'm sure others here will have lot's of great training tips. I would just keep Leo awake and playing as much as possible during the day and before bedtime. I was fortunate that Scout and Truffles slept through the night or daytime on the days I worked at night. Even now my hubby makes sure they are tuckered out when I'm going to sleep because of my crazy schedule. 🙃
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Leo is one cute little pup! Hopefully someone will be along to give you some advice on getting him to sleep.
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Is your puppy sleeping in the same room as you? Very young puppies may need a little reassurance at night after you first bring them home.
Molly's crate is in my bedroom and I would stick my fingers through the bars to reassure her if she fussed during the night. I would always make sure she did not have to go potty first. Then I could ignore any further fussing and just give her a shush. Giving your puppy a stuffed animal to sleep with or a shirt with your scent on it might also help. Puppies will fuss and try to get your attention but if you give in to them they will keep it up. Keep nighttime potty breaks all business and put right back to bed. Keep the lights low and talking to a minimum. Your puppy will learn that this is the time for sleep, not play.
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Thanks Molly. Yes, Leo is in a crate near my bed. I tried putting my fingers thru the gate but he doesn't always calm down. I guess I haven't figured out if his whines are to relieve himself or just to get my attention. He has woken up 3x every night and only once to pee. If he cries after he has peed, then I know that one I can ignore.
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Thanks Molly. Yes, Leo is in a crate near my bed. I tried putting my fingers thru the gate but he doesn't always calm down. I guess I haven't figured out if his whines are to relieve himself or just to get my attention. He has woken up 3x every night and only once to pee. If he cries after he has peed, then I know that one I can ignore.
In these first few days, you DO have to treat every call as if it might be a need to potty, because you just don't know. With time, you will learn his schedule better, and be able to make an educated guess. It is important that when you get up with him to potty, that you are ALL business. No talking, no cuddling, just a trip either outside or the pee pad, a gentle "go potty!" and if he doesn't go pretty quickly, right back to bed.

There IS another way, however. I have RA, and my sleep is very important. If I get overtired, I flare, which means pain, HAVING to rest, and more meds. So I just COULDN'T get up all the time with a puppy... Even for early morning potty calls, which usually meant the end of sleep. So we set our first boy, Kodi, up in an expen, with his crate attached. He had his potty in there, a water bottle, a couple of toys and a chew. That made him completely independent. We knew there was nothing he could need that he didn't have. In his case, he hadn't been waking me up unless he really needed to go, and this set-up meant he could take care of it himself. Instantly, he was going to bed at 10PM and letting me sleep until 7 in the morning... Which is what I needed.

I was very lucky with both of my girls. Both slept through LONG nights in their crates in our room from the very first night. OTOH, they had another dog (or two dogs) with them which Kodi didn't have. (In some ways, multiples are MUCH easier than the first!!! )

Here's Kodi's "bedroom" when he was a puppy. The second is just 'cause he was so cute splayed on his back asleep. Later, when he was about 2, Dave caved, and he got to come up and sleep in our bedroom. Though they still all sleep in crates at night, they get to cuddle on the bed while we are reading before lights-out.
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Great set up. Leo has an expen set up very similar to yours. We have him in the crate in our bedroom for night time sleeping only. We're trying to be close to him at first. He actually slept from 10:30pm-5 am today--we'll take it for now!!!
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What a cutie! Good luck and I'm sorry I can't add to what others have said. Just want to say you certainly have a charmer in Leo!
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Here is another trick that worked for us. We asked Ricky's former owner to include the sleeping mat from his crate and any other things that he slept with. We brought him home when he was 9 months old. We received his sleeping mat, his blanket, and his teddy-cow, that always stays in his crate. He had slept with them all since he was a puppy............and still sleeps with them today! Those items had all the good smells that he was used to and he adapted right away to our house. He slept through the night right from the beginning, but he was 9 months and a bit more mature than an 8 week old like Leo. We wash them occasionally now and Ricky immediately rolls around on them to get rid of the 'stink' of fresh laundry and get his odor back on them!

Today, Ricky has a doggie day bed in our family room and he naps there on and off throughout the day. He usually goes to sleep in his day bed around 7:30 or 8pm, which is at our feet, while we read or watch TV. He is very much a creature of habit and loves the consistency of a daily routine. I get him up around 9 or 10pm and take him outside to go potty and then put him into his crate in our bedroom. He ALWAYS gets a bedtime cookie (a slice of dried banana) when goes into his crate. (Ricky would like to take this opportunity to give besos and muchas gracias to his amiga **Krandall** for this suggestion ) He sleeps there quietly until we get him up about 6 the next morning and we take him outside immediately to potty and sometimes more. Sometimes we can hear him dreaming at night with his muffled barks and growls, but that is not often. Scared the heck out of me the first time until I discovered he was sound asleep! It usually lasts only a minute or two maybe every 6 months or so.

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