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New puppy - help, please!
Hello to all of you Havanese owners out there. Our family just adopted a beautiful, healthy 8-week-old pup from a great breeder. This is our family's first dog. Chewie is wonderful so far - playful, affectionate, everything we hoped for. But, we would love some suggestions on crate training and especially nighttime. We temporarily adopted the breeder's set-up, with an ex-pen w/bed and potty tray and food. We have a small permanent crate which is currently outside of the ex-pen. Our end-goal is certainly to have a crate-trained dog who potties outside. Our immediate concern is nighttime: our little puppy has quite a voice - many octaves and frequencies, and it's nearly impossible to ignore him at night. His cries are waking up our four-year-old son, which is not good. Granted, he's only been with us for 3 nights, but is this wailing normal? He lived/slept in a pen with his three siblings (one of whom was adopted by my sister and is now a regular visitor to our house). Now he's alone in his pen at night, so I know there has to be some anxiety, but I am hoping it's temporary. Can an experienced owner give us some tips to calm the nighttime nerves?