Puppy crying at night (5 replies)
We have our wonderful French bulldog puppy, who is just over 9 weeks old. She has been with us a week and a half. We are crate training her, and she goes to bed at 10pm every night, no problems, and settles fine.
She has, however, developed a crying howl through the night, at least 2-3 times. The cry is for attention.
She has her warm cozy bed, with my top and cuddly toys, plus fresh water, and she uses her puppy pad to go to the toilet.
I have been ignoring her, and just letting her settle herself the last week. She is very loud and persistent, but I have not given in. I have had major sleep deprivation as I can hear her, so last night I put ear plugs in, which helped slightly.
I am seriously anxious about the neighbors (I have spoken to them to explain), and the noise she is making at night has also disturbed the children.
Am am I doing the right thing? How long will this last?
Feeling so stressed out and anxious, and would really appreciate some advice. Many thanks.
You are indeed doing the right thing, as hard as it is! Puppy parenting is tough, particularly those night time cries. You have a persistent pup, but the important thing is to keep doing what you're doing and not showing her that crying = attention. She will (hopefully) learn soon that night time is for sleeping. If she keeps it up more than another week or so I'd mention it the next time she's at the vet for her vacs, but in the meantime this might help some:
I will keep my fingers crossed, too! It's so tough, but you're doing the right things. Hang in there, and keep us posted!
I think your dog is feeling anxious and nervous, when awake in middle of the night and sight a complete darkness, left alone? There should be a solution to make the dog feel safe and relieved and that you are around the house. Maybe it can be fixed by training several nights! The puppy will learn as well through the time! Just like how little kids get scared sleeping alone at night, but overcome after all.
I'm really hoping things have settled down into a better routine now!
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