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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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New puppy Sophie has major anxiety

Sophie just turned 9 weeks and we have had her in our lives for 1 week. She is very smart and has picked up potty training pretty quickly and goes to the bathroom immediately when outside. We would love advice on how to handle her anxiety whenever we are not with her in the same room. She starts whining and is howling within 20-30 seconds. She cries and howls from bedtime in her crate until we get up in the morning. My wife and I handle her in shifts with 1 of us staying up until her bedtime around 11:00 and the other on morning shift at 4-6am. We have her sleep in a crate in our family room where we are the most during the day. Our vet told us to keep her away from our bedroom so we can get some sleep. Her separation anxiety is really bad. Any advice would be appreciated.
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at this age i would actually keep her in the bedroom right next to your bed where she can smell you. once she learned the house rules you can start teaching her to sleep in another room, and in different places, but it seems like she is too young for that. they are more than capable learning that later on and as you mentioned you have a smart girl, so no need to worry about being only able to sleep in the bedroom for the rest of her life.
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With all of my puppies, I have always put a towel over the crate door, and would sleep next to the crate. Every time they made noise, I would just lightly tap on the crate and tell them to be quiet in a low, calming tone of voice. The object was to make them believe that I was always right outside the crate, and that they weren't alone. It took a few nights.

I'm a little uncertain as to what "bed time" means? Puppies will need to sleep some 14+ hours a day. It could possibly be that she is over stimulated.What does her "typical day" look like?
For the first few weeks I have a puppy, they spend a lot of time going in and out of the crate. I want them to mentally "not believe" that they are never going to be let out.
In the crate for awhile, then out the door to go to the bathroom. Come in and play, maybe eat, back in the crate, and back out the door. etc, etc. I try to create as much structure for them as I can so that they can become familiar with the pattern of what will become their day.
I don't agree, nor disagree, with the Vet. My dogs have never slept in our bedroom, or bed, but if you have to do it to bridge the gap, then bring the crate into the bedroom. Later on she'll mature and adjust to wherever you put the crate, but for now,,,,,
Right now is the time you need to prioritize with her as the most important time you will have with your puppy. She will live a long life, but weeks 8-12 are critical. It's a very short window unfortunately, and has to be leveraged as much as possible. The foundation will be set during this time.

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Good news - I think it is normal and it (should) get better!
My V was a complete nightmare (sorry Daisy, but yes you were) at the age of 2 months to 4 months. She, too, started whining after about 10 seconds when left alone. You said you only had Sophie for a week now. She got separated from her family - her mom and her siblings. She was with them all the time, she never faced that feeling of being completely alone. Give her time, be patient with her. I havenít left Daisy alone during the first week at all. Then I started leaving her for 40mins to an hour. Another 2 weeks went by and I increased it to 2 hours. She whined, when she got older she barked and howled - for an hour straight with no problem. She is 7 months old now and although itís not perfect, itís good. She is used to me leaving for work in the morning and she is fine with it. But if I leave in the afternoon, she is confused and starts whiningÖ
Just wanted to say not to panic about this, I think itís normal. But also keep practicing leaving her alone on a daily basis - short periods in the beginning.
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