02-28-2014, 10:48 PM
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Completely agree to moving the crate to in your bedroom. If he can sense he's alone, he will panic. Even if he's crated, he can hear you move and smell you. I don't know if he has a wire or plastic crate-but either way-cover it. If it's open, he can see distracting things and won't sleep.
He likely is still crying at night because someone is reinforcing the behavior. Dogs get used to their kennels and stop crying-when they learn that crying gets them no attention. If he learns that crying=attention from human (even after 2-3 hours when you're to the point of OMG PUPPY SHUSH I NEED TO SLEEP) and you go appease him-you've reinforced the behavior, giving him what he wants. This makes him cry LONGER next time. Not less. Ignoring him as much as it sucks is the ONLY way to extinguish the crying. I think that's why he's still crying.
When you say 5 am, do you mean pm? Please tell me you're not giving this poor pup one meal and drink early in the am and that's it. Either way-he may need 2 potty trips overnight. If he's crated in your room, you can hear him fuss rather than set alarms so that he learns he can alert you and you will help him from soiling his sleeping place (something they don't want to do)
Not sure-but if he's a pet shop pup he may be used to soiling in his sleeping place due to the way they are raised. This will make it harder to break the habit. just fyi.