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Exclamation Sleeptime Problems!

Ok, we have just arrived with a new puppy, Sammy!As we welcome him into his new home, he seems to have the most troubles with going to sleep. He yips and howls, and we've tried in a closet, a laundry room, and one of our bedrooms(I'm an 8 year old daughter)but it has not been working out too well as well as the time when my mom stepped out of bed and Sammy started yipping and shrieking again. Anyway, I've hoped for advice for a while, as well as my mother is, too! So as we have tried downstairs in our living room (once again) he still yelps as in fear, I think. He is actually 9 weeks old and I know that this is his fear stage, as well as his used to getting to the house. Anyway, as I was saying, we really needed advice as in wether or not to put him where we think we should!
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Welcome to the forum! Your only 8 years old? Wow... you have better writting skills than me and some others on this form.. lol (no offence anyone!!!)

Have you tried puting Sammy in a crate in your bedroom by your head? (maybe on a night table?) That worked for my Beamer and many other havs on this forum!

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I was also going to suggest by your head in the bedroom. It worked with Brady. I put his crate on a card table next to my bed. It worked like magic. If he wimpered, I would just put my hand in the crate and he would settle down.


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Thanks alot! That helps us with all the yelping and crying! One time, my mom slept downstairs with Sammy and he STILL yelped and cried even though he knew she was down there!
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Karen and Ryan have already given you great advice. It worked with our first night with Benji and later Lizzie too. The first night is hard but it gets better once the puppy knows that he is safe in the crate and you are so close by. Good luck!

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great advice from Ryan and Karen. If he persists, try a gentle tap on the crate and tell him "quiet". Also, some are successful giving them a good evening exercise inside like ball and getting him tired.

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The best place is in a small crate in your bedroom where he can see you. They will always ask for sympathy to start with. What they need is a strong leader who is calm and assertive.

Any sympathy such as baby talk back to the whining will just prolong yours and the pup's agony. A simple, firm but not stern, "Go to sleep" will suffice. No extra language after that. Give him time to settle down. At most just turn over in bed and rustle the covers so he sees you and that you are going to sleep.

If this is done correctly to start with it should only take a few minutes of whining.

The less you do the better in reaction to the whining.

We have started probably close to 200 puppies in their crate at night and I've never had one that wouldn't settle quickly. We always get calls from new puppy owners who have trouble and once they get the calm and assertive thing down then it goes quickly but it's hard for someone who doesn't understand speaking dog to learn not to return baby talk.

It may take a while longer now to ever get him to settle since he has become stressed over the situation but it can be done. He will feed off your energy. He will ask for sympathy and if he gets it the asking will continue.

All dogs look for a calm, assertive leader and that's what they need. Puppies especially.
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Welcome to the forum! Your only 8 years old? Wow... you have better writting skills than me and some others on this form.. lol (no offence anyone!!!)

Have you tried puting Sammy in a crate in your bedroom by your head? (maybe on a night table?) That worked for my Beamer and many other havs on this forum!

Ryan
Ryan you're a hoot!

I agree! I'm not sure if my eight year old could write this well.
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Sometimes it help to spread a towel over the crate so it drapes over the sides. Just keep it up and in a few night your puppy should settle down when he realizes nobody is going to pay him any attention. You did a great job asking for advice!!!


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Hi! I have a puppy too that is crate training.
He sleeps in his crate in the living room at night really well as long as I put a towel over his crate.
He also has a soft cuddly blanket and a stuffed doggie (about his size)to sleep with. That seems to help him settle down.
He cried quite a bit for the first couple of nights but now he knows that when his crate is covered it's time to sleep and he doesn't make a sound.
Good luck with your new puppy and we'd love to see pictures of him when you get a chance.

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