Join Date: Mar 2010
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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.