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Old 09-09-2010, 06:53 AM
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Need some tips after first night

Okay, we got Albert yesterday. He did very well in the car with an occassional whimper for about five minutes, and then was totally fine. We my fiance and I got home, I offered him food but he wasn't interested.

We do not have a crate (yet), because we have gated off our small kitchen and placed newspaper in one area, and his bed in the other. I knew that he would whine like crazy last night, but my fiance eventually went out and slept on the couch so he could let Albert sleep with him. I told him not to do this, because it will just reinforce his whining. But now I am stuck with a dilema.

I live in an apartment, so I'm not sure how if at maximum volume our Albert's whines will bother the neighbors. I am all for leaving him sleep out in the kitchen and put earplugs in, but is there anything I can do to help him be comforted without actually getting up? Would putting him immediately in a crate at night really work in this instance?

Side note: he sleeps fine alone on the couch if I am sitting at my computer. I just walked quietly into the kitchen to cut up some treat sized pieces. He woke up, looked around, and went back to sleep. I think he has a vendetta against my beautiful kitchen :P

Also, I offered him breakfast this morning, and he ate a few kibbles but rather didn't touch it. It is the same food the breeder was using. Should I be concerned, or is this normal since he is in a new place? But my, does he love those potty treats! :P

LoL...again, answering myself and seeing if this would work. Should I put him in the kitchen while I am awake in increments and take him out when he is quiet, and then increase the duration he is in the kitchen?

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Old 09-09-2010, 08:06 AM
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:38 AM
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Don't be discouraged. He is brand new to your house and doesn't know you guys yet! He has a lot of learning to do.

I am all for crate training (I know some on here aren't though), I think it really helped our puppy settle into our house. We keep the crate right by our bed, so that he is confined at night, but still with the rest of the "pack". That seemed to work for us. We could also put him in there if he needed down time or if we were going out too, and that way I knew he was safe (and not getting into trouble). These days, he is rarely confined in his kennel, although he does go in and out during the night still on his own.

As for eating...this is really typical, so no need to stress about it just yet. You might sit on the floor with him and see if he will eat, but if not then don't worry, his appetite should come back in a day or two. Make sure he is drinking water though. Also, I wouldn't just leave food on the floor for him to eat, instead give it to him as meals, so that you can monitor if he is eating it or not.
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Ditto Barb!
He is still adjusting to his new life. It will take a while. Just be patient.

I would also crate him in the bedroom at night. Give him something yummy or fantastic to chew on each time he needs to go in. Also feeding him in his crate really helps.
This thread will give you a better idea of how to properly crate train a dog.
https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...ning-faq-3974/

And like Barb said regarding eating, just give it a few days.
Give him meals so that you can monitor his eating. If he doesn't eat his food within 5-10 minutes just pick it up and put it away for his next meal time.
Feeding on a schedule also has a few benefits. It will really help you with potty training as you will know when he needs to go since you know when he ate.
Also it will help you to keep him at a healthy weight as you control the amout of food he gets each day.
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Don't be discouraged!

personally, I'd move him into your bedroom, or honestly, if the kitchen is the long term plan...you'd probably find me sleeping on the tile... alot of articles and whatnot claim your create separation anxiety if you let the pup sleep near you, or with you when you bring it home...I wouldn't buy to much into that...Iam of the camp that thinks SA is going to pop up due mostly to nature, not nurture.

of course, I folded after about a week and the puppy was in the bed and never left...so I may not be the best person to listen too


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You said that you don't have a crate yet. They are kind of expensive, but if you get the pup used to the crate, you will thank yourself every time you go on a trip or place that you need to crate him or put him in a carrier. A lot of people prefer that carrier type crates. Just research different products before you choose one. Also, if you go to flea markets, there is almost always someone there selling them for extra cheap... used, but in great condition. Good luck!
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Don't give up hope! Try warming a blankie or towel in the dryer laying it in his bed then walking out without ceremony no bedtime hugs or kisses. Try tiring him out before bedtime with lots of play play play! Drag your hubbys butt back to bed at night and tell him it is not helping anything and that you need to stick to the plan to achieve any results. Maybe a ticking clock under his bead to simulate another puppy with him.
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