My girlfriend and I just got our new puppy this past Saturday. We knew she would be a lot of work, but I don't think anyone could have prepared us for our firstborn! I should have been on here doing research before we got her, but I unfortunately did not. Our new puppy is 6 weeks old, and from reading on here it sounds like that is too young to be away from her mama and littermates. The past is the past and now we have her and I am just looking for some tips. We are trying to crate train her and the first part of the night goes well. We put her down at about 9:15 and she cries for about 15 minutes and then sleeps. She awakes us at about 11:45 whining so we get up to take her to potty. Going back to sleep is the problem. We know if we are going to successfully crate train her that we shouldn't respond to her whining, but it kills us to listen to her. The first night we made a crucial mistake by putting her in the bed, but then the second night my girlfriend got up and slept with her on the couch. She slept from 1-6 on the couch so we know she could hold it (which I know still isn't good for a puppy her size). I should let you know that she is 2 pounds and the crate is in the living room away from our bedroom. We don't want it to sleep in the bed with us and we thought having the crate in our room would cause her to just cry and whine more. I was thinking that we could maybe block off the kitchen for her, b/c she seems to be doing well with puppy pads. Please, if anyone could give me some insights it would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance!!
Welcome to TP.... Congrats on the new puppy. What I did with ours when we got her, was to keep the crate next to our bed...when she would whine, I'd put my fingers in the crate so that she knew I was still there. I think with her being able to hear us breathing and she could still be close by, it helped. She only cried on and off for a couple nights. I think being close to you, would help alot. She is used to being with her littermates, so I think you should try keeping her in her crate at night..but still with you. Good luck & enjoy your baby!!
JBG: Thank you soo much for the tip!! Last night we got her wound up of course before bed and then we put the crate beside our bed with a shirt of mine in the back and a shirt of my girlfriend's wrapped up with a warm water bottle. When we put her in there, she started to whine a little and my girlfriend put her fingers in and she was out in a matter of minutes. I hope she keeps this up! Again, thank you so much!
Your welcome...I sent you a pm...I love this new feature!!!Just be consistant and don't give in to the whining...you'll figure out pretty quick which whines mean " I have to go potty" and what means..."I want to get out and play"...ask away if you have anyother questions... Julie