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Old 05-20-2019, 11:58 PM
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Help! Puppy sleeping arrangements

I feel like I am in desperate need of advice! I have a three month old spaniel cross pinscher and decided to have her sleep in her crate next to my bed at night. Since then, whenever she cries or moans at night I put my hand down to comfort her. I have had her for two weeks and twice have opted to put her in the bed with me in order to get some sleep and for her to stop crying. This seems to have made things worse and every night now she wakes up multiple times and cries and scratches to get back into the bed. My boyfriend and I have been unable to have a half decent sleep in weeks! I don’t know where to go from here or what to do to create a peaceful sleeping arrangement for us all. Do I move her crate to the kitchen and put up with her howling for days on end?? Please help! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:25 AM
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Hi! Sorry to hear about your trouble.

Have you taken some time to get your pup used to the crate in the day time before having her sleep in there at night? It took us a few days before our Nova girl was able to sleep in the crate at night comfortably. In the beginning we let her sleep in our bed for 2-3 nights and once we had gotten her used to being in there for short times throughout the day and eventually longer periods with open doors/doors shut, she was happy to stay in her crate at night. In saying that, Nova took to her crate really fast, I know it takes weeks or months for other dogs.

What’s your routine like before she goes into the crate at night?

Two weeks is not a very long time and trust me things will get better once your pup is getting used to a good routine and training schedule. The first weeks with our puppy were tough on the sleep side and for us it lasted about 6 more weeks until she slept through the night completely. Hang in there!
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:53 AM
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Thank you so much for the advice! I try tire her out during the day but I don’t think we have a very good routine in the evening. Often when I come home from work she naps on the couch and then doesn’t seem to sleep very well at night. Did you keep your Nova awake at night before bed? If she scratches at the bed at night, do you recommend just leaving her? Potentially putting my hand down to comfort her but not bring her into the bed??I am really hoping things improve!
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:21 AM
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I personally wouldn’t keep a tired puppy awake, they need their sleep and an overtired puppy can have a really hard time winding down and going to sleep.

It took me a few weeks to figure out a good routine. Nova is on a nap schedule that works well for us. She sleeps from 7:00pm until 8:00pm every night, because she gets really tired around that time. It has never impacted her sleeping through the night. In fact I think the regular naps help her to have a good sleep at night because she is not overtired.


Is your puppy comfortable with her crate? Does she scratch because she needs to go outside? Puppies that age often need to go outside during the night to potty.

When is your last play session for the day?
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:23 AM
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You have to ignore her, it will be worse before it gets better.


The only attention she should get is be let outside at some point in the night, but then it's no petting, just out and back in and back in the crate.
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:19 AM
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I play with her from around 4.30-5.30. She gets really tired from around 6pm, she is usually up again at 11, 2 and 4. I do take her out twice in the night and she will do her business outside. She seems to just want to be around or on top of people. She seems to feel much more secure when she can feel you. If it were up to me I wouldn’t mind her sleeping on the bed with me but my boyfriend will not allow that.
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I have heard that before, I will just have to push through!
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When we got our puppy I decided to put his crate on top of a table right beside my side of the bed, at bed level. I placed my head next to the crate door, so the puppy had the comfort of my nearness. When he made some sounds I put my fingers through the mesh of the door, and he settled right down again.

It was very tempting to let him sleep in bed with us, but I was way to worried about him falling off the bed or even peeing on the duvet.

Now, that he is older, and we have set up puppy stairs, I leave the crate door open. He falls asleep with us, but then at some point during the night chooses to go into his crate all on his own.
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That is a great idea! Thank you so much for the advice.
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