Puppy Cries All Night
Olive - 6 Weeks
Our new pitbull puppy cries all night in her crate.
I just adopted a 6 week old pitbull (female) pup 3 days ago. I've read the articles on crate training that this website has provided, and I will begin that training tomorrow.
I was wondering what I should do when it comes time to go to bed. The past two nights we have gone to put her in her crate, and she cries constantly. We moved the crate outside our room so that we could gain some rest; but, I do not like this method at all.
I feel it's not fair to the puppy, and I do not want to frighten her or have her feel abandoned at night. What should I do to fix the sleeping arrangements?
Any help would be appreciated! I've attached a picture of the pup, her name is Olive.
Thank you for any advice,
Olive sure is a cutie pie. I think just about every pet parent that brings home a young puppy goes thru at least some of the whining, crying (and even screaming) at bedtime. It's exhausting. Believe me, I know.
Most puppies settle into a bedtime routine fairly quickly--some more quickly than others. Every puppy is a unique individual so you may need to experiment a bit to find what works for Olive.
On the whole, most owners report that puppies adjust better when allowed to sleep in the same room with them. Since she's probably missing her momma and litter mates, making Olive's crate warm and inviting with plush pillows, toys and blankets may help. I've even heard of putting a battery operated or an old fashioned wind-up clock that ticks under a pillow to simulate a mother dog's heart beat.
You might also want to try Farnam Comfort Zone with D.A.P. Plug-In for Dogs. It's a plug-in diffuser that releases the scent of a nursing mother dog. Another product that's been clinically proven to calm stressed dogs--even in shelter settings--is Through a Dog's Ear, Music to Calm Your Canine Companion Vol. I Audio CD.
Be sure she's getting plenty of exercise so that she's tired instead of wired when it's time for bed. And remember, at this stage, she'll still need potty breaks during the night while she's being house trained.
Most of all, just hang in there. This too shall pass. Be sure to take lots of pictures and enjoy her puppyhood to the fullest. Best wishes to you for a long and happy life together. And, thanks for sharing the pic.
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