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Old 04-07-2007, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question How did your first night go with your new puppy?

My family and I are eagerly anticipating Duncan's arrival in 2 weeks and I was just curious how everyone's first night went.Was it sleepless and stressful or smooth sailing?Details please...........
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Old 04-07-2007, 09:01 PM
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Our first night went really smooth....we put Izzy in her small travel crate which we had on the nightstand. She was within 24 inches of my face! She whined a bit at first, but settled right down until 2 or 3 in the morning. I took her outside, then right back into the crate. She did this for the first week, then slept through the night after that. Now, she sits by my bed when she's ready to go to bed...I lift her up and she trots right into her crate. We've slept with her in bed with us, but she prefers her crate.
I know how exciting it is waiting for your puppy. Good luck...I'm sure it will be fine!

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Old 04-07-2007, 09:54 PM
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The weather was the worse problem for us. When we left the weather was fine, but by the time we reached the breeders house (About 1 1/2 hours away) it started to snow. We had to drive home in white out conditions in the dark. It took closer to 2 1/2 to get home. Sam started the journey in the crate, but he pooped with in 15 minutes, so I held him all the way home.

The wonderful breeder that I got Sam from already had the pups sleeping in their own crates for a week before he came home. On one of our visits I left a crate blanket, so everything smelled like home to him and he slept all night from day one.

I did put his crate on a chair so he could see us.

Waiting is the hardest part, Everything will be fine. Good luck.

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Old 04-07-2007, 10:18 PM
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With my latest boy, those first few nights were a nightmare! Ugh! I had his crate on a chair right next to the bed close to my head.
He barked, whined, scratched and cried all night long! I would only take him outside every couple of hours, (he never pooped or peed in the crate) but he continued to let me know he was not happy allllll night. I got very little sleep those first few days. I even slept out on the couch (with the recliners kicked up and his crate on the recliner part.) so the rest of the household could get some sleep.
When he would fuss, I would stick my fingers in the crate, which he would promptly bite with those incredibly sharp puppy teeth! I did alot of "shhh shhhhing" everytime he would make noise. It didn't help! It took him a good 2 weeks before he was sleeping thru the night.
All my others had trouble the first night or two, but Jester really gave me a run for my money....silly boy!
Just be patient and consistant (I don't believe in taking them outside with every little whimper) and they will get the hint eventually! LOL~

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Old 04-07-2007, 10:35 PM
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Our first nights have always gone well with the exception of one. When a puppy first comes to our house, we put it in a crate on my nightstand or a chair on my side of the bed. If the puppy whimpers during the night, I take it out without talking to it, and take it outside to go potty. Whether it goes or not, I don't play with it or even talk (except "good potty" if it does go) and I bring it back to the room, put it in the crate and we go back to sleep.

No sweet talk and no petting and cuddling prevents it from becoming a multiple interruption on a regular basis.
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:30 AM
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My first night was really easy! She slept all night and had to get up once to pee. HOWEVER, She has been sleeping in bed with us. I think if I would've used the crate (like I intended too, but hubby suggested she sleep with us and I happily agreed!) she probably would've fussed all night until she got used to the crate.

But she snuggled right up next to me and went right to sleep and wakes me up with sloppy kisses when she needs to go to the bathroom.

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The first night with Mirabel was in a hotel room as we traveled to go pick her up. She was really good. She slept on a doggie bed on the hotel bed and when she needed to go potty she would wake me up with kisses. I would take her out until she went and then she came in and went right to sleep. I have found with the puppies I have known that they are really good the first day and night as they sleep a lot. I think they are trying to adjust to all the new stuff. I think my sleepless nights were the few before we got her as I was sooo excited
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:56 AM
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Cooper was fine the first night. He slept in his crate which we set on a chair, next to the bed, right by my husbands head (he wakes much easier than I). He went right to sleep and only was restless once, so Jim took him out to potty and he went right back to sleep. Our breeder sent a small toy with the mothers scent and we put that in the crate, he never made a sound. After a couple months, he started getting fussy about going in the crate and decided he wanted to sleep in the bed with us and Lily, and it's been that way ever since.
Congrats and good luck with your new puppy!

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Old 04-08-2007, 11:58 AM
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We drove to Salem, Ma. to get Kodi and stayed in a hotel overnight. I was up checking him all night. He didn't get up until 6am and he's still that way.

We drove about 3 hrs to get Shelby and also stayed overnight. We had Kodi with us and didn't want to do a turn-around. Also, I think it was good to introduce them on neutral territory. It only took them about an hour to become friends. They both slept all night.

We go to bed around 10pm and we get up at 6:30am. First thing we do is send them out the back door
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Old 04-08-2007, 01:19 PM
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I don't think the nights are going to be what I'm worried about. I sleep lightly and if Capote wakes up, I can do the whole..taking him down to let him go and then go back to bed. What I'm worried about is the time I'm away from him during the day at work. I hate to leave him alone for so long..especially at first. I'm doing my best to get my boss to let me take him to work for the first couple days but I don't think he's going for it. How good are your pups in their crates during the day? Or should I put the crate in my hallway and fence it off so that he has a lil room to roam around and play while I'm gone?
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