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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?
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Try putting him in a crate on a small table right by your bed. He'll feel secure knowing you're nearby. If he cries, put your fingers in the crate to comfort him.

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Piper howled like a wolf the first few nights, I couldn't believe my little puppy could make so much noise. I think it took 4 nights for that to stop so I think you're almost there! I know how hard it is and I almost gave in a few times but was so glad I took everyone's advice and waited her out.

Most people keep the crate in the bedroom with them and I think it is easier that way. I had Piper's crate in the kitchen and within a week or so, she went to sleep with no problems.

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Try putting him in a crate on a small table right by your bed. He'll feel secure knowing you're nearby. If he cries, put your fingers in the crate to comfort him.

This. (or on a chair)

Talking to him won't do a bit of good at calming him. He needs you to be strong, and there, nothing more. At most just move your covers a little so he knows you're there. The best way to teach him to be quiet and go to sleep, is for you to be quiet and go to sleep.
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where is his x-pen set up? if it isn't IN your room, can it be?? these little guys NEED us... to be close to us, to know we are THERE.

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Tom has great advice - good luck, just remember he's a baby and missing his pack alot!

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Our dogs aren't allowed upstairs. That is cat territory. Jack did cry the first few nights but we suffered through it. Since yours is just a baby, he should probably have a late night piddle (11ish) and an Oh-my-gosh-it-is-early piddle. I think I set my alarm for 5 the first couple of days. Then Jack caught on.

good luck.... *muhahahaha*

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Thanks all. I think we're working at a disadvantage, as the breeder recommended starting nights out in the ex-pen (with the bed), then ease him into the crate over time by having him spend more and more time each day. The ex-pen is in the kitchen and we're upstairs. Am I hearing a consensus that we should just put him right in the crate and forgo this gradual transition? Our other issue is that he will not go to the bathroom outside. Before we picked him up on Friday, he spent limited time outside- just out on a deck, I think. We've been vigilant about taking him out, and he does love the outdoors, but doesn't think of it as a potty opportunity. We've even got the bell on the door, which he knows how to use it.
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I say forgo the transition. He's already had a huge one going to a new home and it will help to be close to you at night. He will eventually get the going outside thing. It takes patience and consistency on your part. Eight weeks is very young. You will see improvements by ten weeks.
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I would definitely put the crate on a table right near you. I did it with all three of mine and it took only a tiny whimper or two the first night for them to feel safe, seeing me right there.

As for the pottying, I had mine use the wee wee pad at first, then transitioned into our outdoor pottying. On that topic though, there are many ways people use to train.

Good luck with your new puppy. How lucky for you all that his litter mate is so close by.

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