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Whining at night - please help!

Hi everyone,

Well it's been 3 weeks and we've settled down with Jas for the most part and she is the most adored and loved dog ever. The kids are constantly fighting over who can hold her, train with her, etc. Barely enough time for me to cuddle her as much as I want to!

Besides the pooping (will save for another post) - the nights are the only issue but it's driving me batty since I need more sleep.

She often wakes up between 1-4 to potty. Usually she does this quickly and then back in the crate but every 2nd or 3rd night - she won't settle down when I put her back into her crate but just starts to whine and cry. I try to stick my fingers in the crate but it doesn't seem to help. Last night I took her out again thinking maybe she needed to poop but she just tried to fall asleep curled up on my feet (so she just wanted cuddle time outside the crate i think). I was tired i put her downstairs in her pen but we are staying at a vacation house with thin walls and she just cried and cried loudly. Finally after 10 minutes I scooped her up - put her back into her crate by the bed and she FINALLY went to sleep again.

Does anyone have any creative solutions to the nighttime whining even after they have pottied routine. It's driving me crazy!!

On the upside - we took Jas to the beach today for the first time and she had a blast but totally exhausted herself! Here she is with my daughter!

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I am smiling because this sounds familiar! When this happened to us, we "caved" and took ours to bed with us and everything has been great ever since. From that day on (and he was 12 weeks old at the time), he has slept through the night with no desires to potty during the night.
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I am smiling because this sounds familiar! When this happened to us, we "caved" and took ours to bed with us and everything has been great ever since. From that day on (and he was 12 weeks old at the time), he has slept through the night with no desires to potty during the night.
Ditto here!

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Oh no!! Is htat really the only solution?? Any other takers?
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Same here I only lasted two nights then it was cuddle time right next to my head.

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Kodi has never slept with us, so you don't HAVE to go that route. He is quite content to sleep in his crate, and actually asks to go to bed if he's snuggling in bed with us in the evening.

We DID have to be very clear that we would not cave to whining or barking if he didn't have a real, physical need. Just like with kids, you've got to be firm with this type of behavior if you want it to stop.


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in the strictest sense of behavioral science, if you give your pup attention when they cry or whine, you reinforce the cry/whine.

This means, later, down the road, when you want to 'break' that habit, it will be more difficult. This is true, according to behaviorists, for any behavior. you reinforce a behavior (intentionally or unintentionally) and the behavior will perpetuate. Your pup will grow out of this stage, and be able to fall asleep without crying...

I personally failed crate training. My pup sleeps where he wants. some nights on my bed, some nights on the floor, or else where. I will say, puppy cuddle time is a very small window. when your pup grows up, he might not be interested in sleeping with you any more. just a thought.
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Every little dog that I have ever had (or kitten) has slept in the bed with me. Even the first nights. I was aware of them just like I was with my children and took them out to potty, but that stops pretty soon. The kittens have always weaned themselves from our bed and Rosie is about half the time sleeping on the back of the chair near my bed. Then sometimes in the middle of the night she will get back in the bed next to my back, and we both give a sigh--feels so good.

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I think you pretty much have to try to ignore it for it to pass. I think this can be hard when you have a new puppy and aren't sure if she is crying because she needs to go to the bathroom or for attention or when you have concerns about disturbing neighbours.

I always planned to have Brody eventually sleep in the bed with me. While he was little he slept in a crate on a chair next to my bed. I was lucky as he was OK with that and slept through the night from the get-go with maybe the odd little whimper here or there that was easily remedied by putting my fingers through the door of the crate.

I didn't let him sleep on the bed with me for months because I was worried when he was so little about accidentally rolling on him or kicking him or something while I slept. Also, he had no concept about edges and would roll right off the bed if I wasn't watching carefully enough. I had to actually train him to be up on the bed. I started with a few minutes with letting him run around up there and letting him get used to it, then I'd put him in his crate. The time up on the bed gradually got longer. Bed time is his favourite time now.

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