I have a new 3 month min pin and I've started training him to sleep in his crate at night. I've read that it's not a good idea to run to him or open the crate when he is crying. He's usually good during the day inside for short periods but at night he wakes me up howling every 3 hours. I can't help but go to him and take him outside to pee which he does, right away. Is this the wrong thing to do? Should I leave him in there all night and not respond to his howling inside the crate? Or should I be letting him pee every 3 hours since he is only 3 months old? If anywayone has any suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it.
I think 3 hours for a 3 month old is excellent. You might be able to squeeze an extra our in the crate, if you cut off food and water a little earlier in the evening. We pick up wood and water about 2 hours before bedtime. Then we have a potty break at bedtime. Of course my girls are almost 2 years old.
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 8/8/2006 5:38:35 PM*** Reason: ++
Great thanks!! I just didn't know about the whole 'responding to the crying' thing. But I'd be crying too if I had to pee so bad. So eventually, they will hold it through the whole night and I won't have to be up for most of it? :)
I think the rule that I read was this... 1 hour for every month of age +1. So for a 3 month old... you can leave them in the cage for 4 hours. You don't want to ignore the cry to go potty because if he/she ever starts peeing in the cage... it's a whole different story!
Not responding to the whining is really only when you put them in and they whine because they don't want to be in their cage... kinda like a baby. If you put a baby in their crib... you might let them cry it out until they go to sleep.... but when they wake up and cry - you go change their diaper and tuck them back in for the rest of the night.
It's awesome that your pup is waking you up and going potty immediately though!!!
when a dog is small....yes there bladder is small...but they do not drink as much water as a big dog. 3 hours is about right. the size of thier bladder has nothing to do with how long thy can hold it. the amount of water is relative.
Do you think I will ever be able to leave Pickle in his cage all night? Or will I always have to let him out every 3 hours? I would really like to avoid using pee pads at all, so I was hoping he could hold it for the entire night at some point? excuse my ignorance...I've never had such a small dog before. dena
I have a 13 week old Papillon puppy and she sleeps in a kennel by my side of the bed so I can hear her when she wakes up and wants to go out.
At first she would wake me up every 3-4 hours to go potty and I would out her back in the kennel as soon as she was done. She responded really well to that.
She paws at the kennel door when she just wants to play and I tap the top of the kennel and tell her no. But when she has to go potty she whimpers and whines which tells me she really has to GO. We can go 5 - 6 hours these days and about every other night she will sleep all night.
I felt quilty about responding to the whimpering and letting her out thinking I was reinforcing some bad behavior, but as time is passing she is learning when it is still bedtime and goes tight back too sleep.
We go to bed about 10-11pm and pick the food up at 8pm.
If he is crying to go potty, that is great. I've read an hour for each month old plus one is how long they can generally hold it. My girl held it longer than the boy. You'll be glad when he starts making it through the whole night.
Be glad he is crying before going. My girl did but my boy would cry after he peed in his crate. I started waking up as soon as I heard any movement so it was a lot of light sleeping when he was little.
I acutally have a 3 month old min pin also so i'm goin through the potty training 101 myself.. haha at least yours will stay in the crate mine is attention starved and if I even thought about puttin him in the crate at night I wouldn't get one wink of sleep he would howl and bark and whine the ENTIRE time. plus I feel bad bc we are at work for 8 hours a day and he's in his crate for that long I mean I take him out before I leave and on my lunch break and as soon as I get home but still I couldnt leave him in his crate anymore than I had to. But mine was pottying in the bed and I was takin him out like every three hours but what I found tht works is pick up the food and water about 3 hours before bedtime and this causes them to not have to go as much therefore less hollering =)