Sorry to hear about your sleepless puppy nights!! We all need our sleep--being sleep deprived will make anyone loopy! Perhaps think about how your are sending your lil pup off to her crate?
I got Puma pup when she was 3 months old. I immediately crate trained her to make her loooooooove her crate. I would say a fun cue of "Puma go to your crate!" in a super happy voice and then as soon as she entered her crate I would give her a wonderful treat or great bully stick to gnaw on or something similar to chew on. This gave her the association that going to her crate was fantastic and highly rewarding
. Every time
! Yes, every time I asked her to go to her crate she got something amazing.
I practiced this during the day often for short periods of time for her naps AND also just for training/conditioning purposes. And she certainly slept all of her nights in her crate until she was fully potty trained. Plus I have other dogs that sleep in our bedroom, so Puma slept happily in her crate next to my bed, giving her safe cozy time away from our other dogs. ZZZZZZZZZZ
If you give your pup (or dog) something safe to chew on in their crate
dogs so they can snooze better... and distracts dogs so they are not hyper focused on being in a crate, away from you.
So many times, day or night, I would find Puma snoozing away, sleeping on a 1/2 eaten chewie or bully stick
She never ever cried in her crate.
I trained Puma in such a fun, happy way to go to her crate as a young pup, that she actually chose to go to her crate many times during the day. I took her to work with me everyday and I would have her out playing with our customers... and then lil Puma would tire out and just take herself to bed (her beloved crate)
She actually still does this now as an adult doggie. At work, when she is tired or needs time away, she will let me know it and lead me straight to her special area or resting place, which is now a small room in our store that is her spot. Who doesn't love a dog that will happily take herself to bed????
Conditioning works wonders on training a dog to love their crate as a young pup...and to be able to snooze alone peacefully as an adult.