We moved Maggie, and her crate to our bedroom at night, and have now had three nights sleep, 11pm - 7, when we have to wake her up.
she's doing so much better.....we still can't leave her alone for any time in the crate as she just doesn't seem to like it, but we've enrolled her in a great puppy school, and the doggy day care at the same place, so she comes home 3 days exhausted. She loves the doggy day care, and the people there, and they love her. that is helping enormously. but we only want to send her there a maximum of 3 days a week. Today, she is in the office with me, we went for a walk along the canal in Dublin City centre, she didn't like the swans, and got a fright when one of them raised himself up and hissed at her.....😂. But all so much better now that we are all sleeping. I'll deal with the separation issues in the crate at a later date. For now, sleep and getting her settled and secure is the goal.
She looks adorable....congrats.
With all our dogs, including our V who is now 19-months old, have always been crated and/or slept in our bedroom. That's one of the key elements in the book "Art of Raising a Puppy" from the Monks of New Skeete. I know everyone, including trainers, have their own opinion. But this is one that we've always stuck by with great success, so take it for what it's worth. I think you'll get your much needed sleep this way....lol.
Your puppy V is acting the same way ours did at that age. Having Labs all our lives it took a bit, of A LOT, of adjustment for their neediness to be with their owners. So we had to adjust our expectations accordingly.
Having Milo in puppy socialization class at the ripe age of 9-weeks old proved invaluable. We did (2) times per week for the first 4 months or so and then back off to once per week until 6-months. At that point they required males to be neuter, so we obviously pulled him for that class. We then switched our gears to actual puppy school/training, which lasted approximately 18-20 weeks in total. So all and all we spent considerable time with our male V almost to 1-years old.
He is still a handful, BUT it does appear he is getting much better as he gets older. We've noticed considerable improved in just the past month or so. He is "calming" down a wee bit. Not quite what we would expect, but at least at 19+ months he seems to be heading in a positive direction.
I hope this helped a bit and do enjoy this precious age....all the best.
Btw: I've spent time each of the last three years doing some travels in Ireland. It's an absolutely beautiful country, and more importantly, the people in Ireland are incredible welcoming, warm and sweet. Can't wait to go back next January!