let sleepy dogs sleep?

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Registered: 03-29-2003
let sleepy dogs sleep?
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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 11:29pm



Hi again. I don't know if you remember me. i was on here awhile ago. I asked the question of crate v/s bed. Well I am finally ready to bring home my new puppy tomorrow. We decided on a 8 wk. old Black Mouth Cur. In case you don't remember, although I love dogs, up until tomorrow, I have only loved dogs from afar. So I am very new at this. I may have many questions for you all. I hope you don't mind!

I know puppies cry at night, especially being away from their family the first nights..is it ok to let the dog continue it's crying and just let him get over it on his own? I know some people have the pup sleep in their rooms with them but unfortunately Im not able to do this as I have my 16 month old son in my room (His room is temporarily unavailable).

I am sure I will be on here periodically with some insane question or other from time to time. I hope you don't mind. And I like the new look of the board. At first I thought I was at the wrong place but I remembered some of your 'names'.

Make it a good weekend!! :)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 03-30-2003 - 6:44am
Congrats! How exciting! I'm going to look up what kind of dog you're getting. I've never heard of it - now I have to see what he looks like! LOL!

I'm brand new to the board too.

I can only tell you that based on our experience, we did have to let the pup bark-it-out. However, that was tough. Turns out he's a barker by nature and he drove us to the edge.

The only solution that worked for us was to move his crate into the basement. (It's warm and safe down there. It's not at all barren or mean :)

I found the puppy to be surprisingly hard! Very sweet but so much work! He's 9mo now and so much better. It's amazing. Just be patient. And keep LOTS of carpet/floor cleaner on hand!

:)

Lisa (who never thought she'd bond w/the dog :)

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sun, 03-30-2003 - 9:48am
Hi journey77 and Welcome Back!!! I'm hoping that you intend to crate-train your new puppy...I really believe that would be the best thing. If you cannot keep the crate in yiour room, is there a room close by where you can put the crate, or perhaps there may be room in your hallway. Dogs are pack animals who feel safer when they are with their "pack", which will be you and your family. No, you should not automatically acknowledge your puppy if he cries at night, but you will have to determine "why" he is crying. At the beginning he may be crying because he has to go out. If he is crying just to cry...then you will have to let him cry himself out. Make sure you have a warm blanket in his crate, along with a piece of old clothing, if possible. This way he will feel secure with your "smell" around him.

Here are a few articles that may help you:

http://www.purina.com/dogs/puppies.asp?article=49

http://www.purina.com/dogs/behavior.asp?article=151

Good luck and please be sure to let us know all about your new furbaby.

Hugs,

Laura

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 9:32pm
Yes, I remember you! Thanks for coming back to see us!

Just one more little idea to try ~ if you have an old wind-up alarm clock or can get one, put that in the crate with your furbaby. The sound relaxes them and helps them to sleep instead of cry. Keeping the puppy as close to you as possible (in a crate) is the best idea, along with something that has your smell on it. Puppies grow up fast and he won't be a puppy for very long. Good luck and do let us know how things are going for you!

Hugs, *C*, Mr. Higgins, Mandy, and Bob

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