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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
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
Peter
 

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:'( 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For the first week, I'd sleep by my puppy's crate. He'd start to cry anywhere from midnight to 4am and I would get up, take him out, but other than that wouldn't play or show too much attention so that he wouldn't start to cry for attention. After the first week, I moved up to the bed, but I slept the opposite way on my bed, so that my head was near his crate. Same routine with taking him out at night. The next week, I slept the right way in my bed and kept taking him out when he'd cry. After about the fourth week (then 14 wks old), he would sleep through the night. I laugh about those nights now, but it was no laughing matter then! I was so pooped. I had to carry my puppy down three flights of stairs and I would be so tired that I often had my pants on inside out and a few times I nearly tripped down the stairs. I'd go to work in a zombie-state. Just know that this is temporary! I agree that you shouldn't take him out when he cries during the day, but at night, I would rush to get clothes on and get him outside as to not have an accident! It didn't seem to perpetuate the crying at all. This is my perception, but he seemed so relieved once he got to go outside and go to the bathroom.
 

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I was very ill when our puppy came home. So much so, that if he jumped onto the bed I couldn't push him back off. So, in the end, he slept on the bed. Nowadays, he is 8 months old and is too bog for the bed, but he will hop up for a few minutes, then slip down onto his bed at the foot of mine. V's like being part of the pack, just give in and let it sleep with you ;) ;) ;) ;)
 

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We just got our second V this summer and we picked her up at 7 wks. I didn't want to have any accidents in the crate, so I set my alarm for every 3 hrs and got up, took her straight to potty and right back in. I did this for about a week, then increased to 4 hrs, then after another week 5 hrs and finally, at 10 wks, she was making itnthrough the night. We also limit the amount of water 2 hrs before bed. She is 13 wks now and we have a heat advisory for about a week straight so we've been letting her drink more. She whined one night, went straight out to potty and right back in the crate to sleep. Try setting your alarm because the pup is awfully young to make it the whole night without accidents. Best of luck!
 

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We got our Niko at 9 weeks, and I was prepared to get up several times a night. I put his crate on the floor right next to my bed. The first night he wimpered for about 5 minutes, then fell asleep. I woke up at 3 to go to the bathroom, and he roused, so I rushed him outside. He wouldn't go, so I put him back in his crate, and he slept the rest of the night. Ever since then, he has slept through the night! I feel very blessed - of course, he keeps me hopping all day! He has never had any accidents in the crate, although there have been a few in the house. I have never limited his water intake, although his last feeding is about 6.
 

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We just got our Pup on Sunday and he's 7 Week 4 Days Old. The first night was rough for us like many others. He wouldn't stop crying all night and we got up frequently to let him go to the bathroom. Second night wasn't so bad... we got up every 2 hours to let him to pee. Last night went smoothly... we got him to the bathroom before it was bedtime. Afterwards it was lights out. We can hear him moving in his crate in the night and wimper every now and then but he didnt start yelping for the bathroom till about 5:30. Then again around 9:00.

It certainly takes time but as the days progress you'll realise it's getting easier.

However, we started our pup in a completely different room away from us instead of the traditional start in the bedroom. But we haven't had problems yet!

Goodluck!
 

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4month old puppy won't stop crying at night and on the rare occasion he does drop off, he's up and wanting out by 5 in the morning at the latest. I've tried letting him cry it out, this lasts for hours practically the whole night and I have to start thinking of the neighbours. Not a pee or poo issue. Severe exhaustion setting in. Ps he gets plenty of exercise, training puppy classes etc
 

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What is the routine before bed? (exercise, time awake, food)

Where is the crate?

Is he in the crate during the day?
 

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He has his dinner about 6ish and then depending on how wild he is he gets a walk around 8:30. Sometimes he won't walk at this time , point blank refuses. After a bit od play he usually falls asleep on the couch about 9:30/10 ish and is pit in his crate around 11ish. He is crated at most 6 hours a day with at least an hours break about 2/3 days a week the rest of the time he comes to work with me. If I leave him out during the night when he is crying he just wants to go lie on the couch. I've tried leaving him there at night but he won't stay on his own, has to be around us at all times. I know from the neighbours that when he is crated during the day he doesn't cry.
 

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By your side...! Problems solved.

You'll get the hang of it sooner or later or loose your sanity trying ;D.

Hang in there, we've all been three and made it out OK. Just sharing what works, LOL.
 

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i think part of me knows that he just wants to be with us all the time, the fact that i haven't peed alone in two months should tell me that ;). i just have issues with dogs sleeping on the bed with us( don't know why just do). i shall persevere , who needs sleep anyway :eek:
 
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