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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Puppy crying all night...

Just got our baby girl last week, she is 7 weeks old today!
We got her a crate after reading much and many recommendations and she seems to like it. She goes by herself if tired to sleep in it and sems to be fine, the problem is during the night. She normally wakes up and starts crying nonstop until someone takes her out. She will fal asleep again but will do this over and over 3 or 4 times a night. We read that we should just let her "cry it out" and not take her out but her cries and howls for hours until we give in.... :P
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 12:39 AM
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Re: Puppy crying all night...

:'( we placed the blanket the breeder gave us in the crate it carries their scent so Sam never cried much.
We took him outside to pee/poo every time he was making noise. Don't really know if that was suggested but felt like the right thing to do.

Perhaps she is a little too young. Some suggest to leave the pup with the siblings until 8 weeks old. We took Sam at 7.5 weeks but could have waited, no harm though.

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Re: Puppy crying all night...

7 weeks seems like pretty young to me to be lasting all night without a toilet break so my first thought is, is she crying to go out to the toilet?

When you say she cries till someone takes her out, what happens when they take her out? Is it outside for the toilet then back in the crate or out for a play session?

Taking her straight out to the toilet and then straight back to bed should help teach her that crying to go to the toilet is OK, but crying does not get her play time.
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Re: Puppy crying all night...

This will improve our little V cried for a couple nights. One thing not mentioned above is- Make sure you are not letting them out when they are crying or they will think crying = get out. So wait til they have stopped or in a break from the cry before you open the crate.
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Re: Puppy crying all night...

IMO she is too young to think. :-[

We were told not to open the crate door until crying stopped. Unfortunately for us, the crying stopped after Sam (our V) peed in his crate. Lesson learned.
We also learned that Vs in general don't fuss or cry unless it is necessary...nature calls (hunger, toilet).

For our V play was not part of the nature calls thing. Chewing, biting, eating and toilet calls were the only thing occupying Sam's tiny brain.

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Re: Puppy crying all night...

I agree, our V only cried at night when it was an emergency. This actually only lasted a few weeks and then he was able to hold it through the night. I am not a big proponent of restricting water (especially since it has been in the 100's for a month now here) but maybe just with hold water an hour or so before bedtime and that might cut back on the frequent midnight emergencies.
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Re: Puppy crying all night...

Yeah, she probably just needs to be let out.

Jasper actually rarely cried to be let out at night--he just sat up in his crate and moved around a little, which was enough to get me up. If you do need to wait to let her out, just wait for that split second where she's taking a breath or distracted by your movement. We went straight out to pee, then straight back in the crate to bed. This only lasted a couple of weeks. We went out maybe 3-4 times for the first week, then 2 times, then once, and now none! My breeder said they should be able to get through the night by at least 12 weeks. Jasper did it when he was 10 weeks, so it can vary pup to pup.

I did take away his water an hour before bed time--after he had been sleeping through the night for about three weeks straight, I stopped pulling it up and he still did fine.
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Re: Puppy crying all night...

Yes. At 7 weeks you should be getting up every 3 hours to take her out. This should be done before she needs to go. Also, like born36 stated; letting her out while she is crying will be a problem for you. All it takes is once and she will rememebr - I make noise and they let me out. I'll keep making noise until they let me out. Yeah that's it.....make more noise.
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Re: Puppy crying all night...

We had a similar problem when we got our V at 7weeks. The first night she slept all night then the next 3-4 nights were horrible. My husband would basically sleep next to her cage with his fingers poking in trying to calm her, eventually she just fell asleep. Around her 5th night we changed out her blanket for a dog bed an it solved the problem. Now she goes straight to bed no fuss an wakes up at 3 to potty then straight back to bed, no playing.
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Re: Puppy crying all night...

Lucy only cried when she needed to go out and pee. The first week we were up every few hours. Once the lights came on and we were up she stopped as she learned we were taking her out. Now she sleeps through the night at 15 weeks. She wakes up anywhere from 5:30am-7am to pee/poop the first time in the morning now. So, we know what the sound is.

Also, we would lie by her crate if she whimpered a bit going in again. She would smell you close and go back to sleep.
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