We set an area where we put the puppy's crate, toys, and water so it has something to do when we all sleep at night. But everytime I put her in the area and try to go to sleep, I hear her crying. Is there anyway to remedy this? Should I let her out and roam the house? She's only 8 weeks and I don't think that's safe. But she cries if I keep her in her area.
Why don't you let her sleep with you in bed. Obviously she wants to be with her family if she is crying. Let her sleep with you until she stops crying. 8 weeks is too young for her to be sleeping outside.
***Edited By: bayarea on 3/21/2005 11:11:46 AM*** Reason: months instead of weeks
Just like trying to toilet train toddlers or putting a young one to bed..it's all about time, love, and patience. Make it a comfortable area...although it all ready sounds like one. Maybe a hot water bottle, under the blanket/bed could soothe. Nothing wrong with them in the bed in my opinion, although moving a 140# snoring Bullmastiff sucks!! there are all kinds of cliches..."Rome wasn't built in a day", "A day at a time"...not giving you a hard time, but few things happen immediately. It will all work out, you are on the right track. e
how long have you had the puppy? Sorry if you mentioned it before but i didn't catch it. My puppy Calvin sleeps in a kennel in my room at night. The first couple nights home he would whine since he wanted to be with us. It broke my heart but i put a blanket over the top of his kennel so he couldn't see us. Now i have had him for 3 weeks and as soon as i put him in his kennel he goes right to sleep. Its all about pattern and consistancy. The woman from the shelter told me to put him in the same room with me. Hope that helps!!!!
You can start with keeping her in her crate in the same room as you at night. It might help her to be near you. She IS going to cry. But she WILL eventually break out of it. It just takes time for them to get used to being in the crate. Eventually she'll come to think of it as home and go in there on her own. Just be patient with her. I don't know her breed, or how large she will be, but you might want to think twice about having her in the bed with you. It will create worse problems for you later on. Better to just get her used to her crate now. Good luck!
Thank you to everyone who gave their opinion and advice. My dog is an 8 week, female, shih tzu. I think the bottom line is that I should just continue crate training the dog and letting her sleep with me would create future problems? In any case, thank you.
If anyone has any other advice, I would also appreciate it. =)
When it comes to the crate, it is good for any dog to learn to accept it and be calm. Even if you have no plans to use it forever, if the dog has to be borded, groomed, or becomes sick, they should be used to the confinement and calm.
Puppies cry because they are lonly and it cant be helped. Also if they have to potty depending on how you are potty training. But we all have many sleepless nights ahead of us with our pups.
Georgie sleeps in bed with us but she started in her crate until she was potty trained. She would cry at first and I would just put my fingers into her crate and tell her to sleep. If you let them out because they cry, they will continue to do so. If she wakes you up crying, she may have to potty so you take her to do her business and then put back in the crate. Georgie now loves her crate and uses it for naps during the day. It is her own place and a little security.
Sleeping in bed with you is a personal decision. Your dog is not too big for it but you may not wish to do it. I would also wait until she is potty trained. Georgie is old enough now to hold it all the way through the night and she does hold it longer since she is in bed with us since she doesn't want to get up.
Crate training is definitely the way to go, but sometimes may not be easy. Putting the crate in the room with you may help but she will probably still cry. The main thing is whatever you do DO NOT give any attention, even negative attention (such as telling her no in a "growling voice") as this will tell her, if I cry mom comes over to the crate. I'll tell you what I did with my dog and it worked great. I wanted her to know that when I put her in the crate that means lay down and go to sleep, but I didn't want her to think I was leaving her. I wanted her to feel secure. So I put her in the crate, closed the door and turned out the lights. I sat down next to the crate with my head down and my eyes closed. She of course immediately started whining. I didn't move a muscle. She cried for a few minutes then quieted down. Once she had quieted down I moved a little farther away from the crate. She started whining again, but again, I didn't even look in the direction of the crate. Pretty soon she got quiet and I was able to leave the room. I didn't hear another peep out of her until morning. Dogs learn by being conditioned to a behavior. So, if you give in at all and let her out, or even talk to her it will make the training more difficult because it rewards her for behavior that you do not desire. It may take several nights for her to get used to it as she is young, but eventually she will think of it as her safe haven.