Hi! I have a 10 week old Shih tzu. I've only had him 4 days. My questions are about crate and potty training. First is the crate. Whenever I put him in the crate he cries and cries. If he can't see me though, he usually stops after 5 minutes. But as soon as I'm in the room or go to get him out he starts making a fuss. I don't want to let him out when he's crying but whenever I go to let him out he does. It's very frusterating. Now for the potty. The first night he was up twice, the second night he made it til about 5am. The third night he mase it all night and got up at 7:30. So, now last night he was up again twice. Should I assume that he can make it through the night since he's already done it and not take him out? Is he just waking and crying cause he's lonely? And one last thing, is that he's SUPER attached to me. I can't even leave his sight. If he's on the couch laying with me and I get up to go to a different room for a minute he starts whining cause he can't get off the couch to follow me. I don't want him to end up with seperation anxiety whenever I'm gone. Any ideas on what to do with this? This is the first puppy that I've actually raised. I had them growing up but my parents did everything of course! :)
With crate training, you have to make them like the crate, I usually throw in some toys and treats before I put in my dogs, and soemtimes I put a radio station on that plays soft classical music. When they whine, give them the benifit of doubt, take her out, feed her, and let her run a while outside. Then, you must put her in the crate, and ignore anything she does. If you feel the urge to take her out, than go somewhere where you can't hear her. At 10 weeks, she should be able to hold it through the night. Make sure you pick up the water around 7 or eight each day, and keep a set schedule. If she still whines at night, take her out, if she goes, its okay, her bladder is about the size of a pea.(no pun intended) Soon she'll be okay through the night.
Puppies have diffrent days. As long as he just potties when he goes out and does not expect to be played with, nor are you playing with him, let him out. Yes you can have broken sleep for a few weeks. Do not assume he can hold it. Some days yes, some days no. Ten weeks is very young.
Now for the seperation anxiety thing. Welcome to the world of having toy breeds. Some (not all) are neurotic about being with their owners. You have a breed of dog whos sole purpose of excistance for several hundred years has been to sit in your lap and be cute.
So yes, they cling, they follow, they beg to be picked up constantly, they are never more content then being in your narms.
You have to choose how to deal with it.
Some are like my boyfriends, who has to be forcably seperated from him just to go outside. Some are highly independent and act like normal curious dogs intersting in doing doggy stuff.
Four days is not a long time to have a dog, or a lot of time to build up that dogs confidence.