Does anybody have an idea of how to get a puppy to sleep through, at least, most of the night? We have a 9 week old pup, that we have had for about a week, and are all having a problem sleeping. I am open to any ideas. Thanks in advance!
A 9 week old pup can maybe hold it's bladder 3ish hours.. You need to be getting up and taking the pup out to potty which is why puppyhood can be trying. This age, you can't make it sleep through the night yet. Till about 6 months old we had a 6am bathroom break even.
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Actually, I think that waking a puppy up every three hours perpetuates the problem. My puppy is 16 weeks now and he has been sleeping through the night with no accidents in his kennel for a very long time now. Now, He's only in there 8 hours at the most because between my husband's work schedule and my sleep schedule, that's about as long as he is sleeping in there with out a potty break. However, he has been there one or two time for longer with no accidents, although he needs to go IMMEDIATELY out the side door to pee! :)
Are you crate training your new puppy? If so, you may also try surrounding your crate w/ stuff so the puppy feels more "secure." Our crate, one side is against a wall, we have a flat empty box on top and on the other side is mostly open, but we tried to make it his private space.
Also, make sure when it is bedtime, it is bedtime. No more playing after a certain time. If he/she needs to go potty, or drink, fine, but NO playing! Make sure lights are out and everything is quite. The puppy will definitely not want to go to sleep if you have the tv on and are walking around while he's in his kennel, because he wants to know what is going on too!
Our pup is 3 months old now and has been sleeping from 10pm -7am since about 9weeks old. We tried everything. We covered her crate with a blanket at night - that didn't work. No water after a certain time - that didn't work. Let her cry - that didn't work. This probably isn't good but I set up a dog bed on the floor next to mine and after her last walk at about 10pm, I take her up to bed and she goes right down. This works!! We're very lucky. When we leave during the day, she goes in her crate and is fine in there. Good Luck.
Crate train them!!! It really works the best!! My pups are 7 months old now but have been crate trained since we brought them home at 8 weeks and it hase worked great!! At first they didn't like it and we had a couple of accidents but that ended when we started regulating their meal times and eliminating water consumption after around 7 or so. Let your pup out to tinkle right before you put her down and then put her in the crate and tell go to bed..or bed time..try giving her treats in her crate and making it a good place for her to be. Our boys have a blanket over the sides of their crate and inside they have their favorite pillow and blanket to sleep on and they are fine until i get up for the day around 7 or so. It's like their own little den...a little safe house so to speak for them to go. Try doing that for your pup and i promise it will work!!!!
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This worked for one of my dogs, when he was a puppy, but not the other, however when you are lacking sleep, you will try just about anything. A neighbour of ours suggested this. We purchased an old fashioned alarm clock that had a really loud *tick*. We wrapped it in a blanket to dull the sound and placed it just outside our boys crate. He would be out almost as soon as we turned out the light.
Well, I know my advice is terrible. Kayla (6mo.old yorkie) started out in the crated. Did pretty good but would bark in the middle of the night to go potty. When I went into the hospital last month, my husband started letting her sleep with him. Now we have a permanent bed partner. I get up in the middle of the night more than the dog, so, my husband takes her out and lets her tee tee when I go and she sleeps the rest of the night. Terrible advice, I know. Good luck.
He is in the process of being crate trained. He does not seem to make too much noise during the night, but when I get up, he is ready to go. I am not sure if he is sleeping through the night or what, but he is much quieter than he was last weekend. Thanks for all the advice!
It could also be separation anxiety; I adopted my first husky and had him crated at night. Sleep was impossible due to constant scrapping, whinning, ect. One night he and I were watching tv, I went and layed in bed and left the door open w/ the tv on. He had layed down by the foot of the bed. I kinda dosed off and looked down and not only was he quiet, but he stayed there the entire night without a sound:) He's been sleeping-quietly-in my room ever since. Hope it helps:)