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Old 11-30-2010, 04:57 AM
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Hey I'm getting quite frustrated with my pup. Every night she just won't settle to go to sleep. I play with her for over 4 hrs from when I get home til when we go to bed and no matter what we do she just won't settle. I have been tryin to have her sleep on her bed in our bed cause Shes not toilet trained but I am getting so tired of sitting up for hours trying to calm her. plz help
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:22 AM
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Have you considered crate training her at night? It would at least help you get some rest if she is off the bed and restless in her crate.

Also, how old is she? I think puppies are just generally more active throughout the night. Only recently has my pup (now about 8 months) been a bit lazier at night and in the am, and I think part of that is just him getting a bit older and finally falling into his routine.
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When you say you have to stay up and try to calm her is it because she just wants to play or because she is whining?
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Maybe she just needs more exercise. Playing wont do the trick, maybe a 30 minute brisk walk when you get home and before bed will help.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:11 PM
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Trying to calm her because she is still trying to play. She is 16 weeks. I take her for a walk /jog around the block
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:50 PM
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Do you do much training with her yet? If you don't I would try and up the training, like sit, come here , lay down, just simple things work to really wear a dog out mentally instead of just physically. And many on here recommend a Flirt Pole and I think she is old enough to play with one and that really works to wear the dog out but not you.

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Crates are made for this problem.
Sounds like she is getting plenty of exercise, food, potty time etc.
Then pop her in a crate that you put right next to your bed.
If she fusses you can reach down and let her lick your fingers, but that's about it. You can use a quiet soothing phrase like "bed time" then just let her fuss.
For the first couple of night, due to her history of being up with you, she might fuss for quite a while, but its crucial you don't do anything. Don't take her out of the crate, or get angry, or react in any way, except perhaps the quiet "bedtime" phrase.
Turn out your light and do your best to go to sleep. You are being the leader in showing her what happens now... sleep. Eventually she should give in and realize any fussing is not accomplishing anything and she'll go to sleep.

Now if she wakes up in a few hours, she probably needs to potty, so a quick out, and a return to the crate is in order.

I've never had a problem teaching a puppy to sleep well at night with this system. The key factors are:
1) crate is right next to me, so pup is not feeling alone
2) pup is not rewarded in any way for whining
3) pup is taught to sleep by the example the humans set, and the quiet tone of the bedtime ritual
4) if pup truly needs to potty later, human needs to listen, so pup feels her needs are truly being taken care of.

Honestly, I don't know how anyone gets any sleep raising a puppy, without a crate. It makes such a difference! For a brand new puppy, this system has never failed to have him/her asleep within a half hour the first night, and sleeping until midnight need to potty.
You may have more problems at first because puppy is in the habit of keeping you up, but stick it out that first night. It will be worth it in the long run. It should only take a few nights for pup to get the new habit.

And I don't believe you need to go through a lot of "pre-training" to the crate, so long as you put the crate right next to your bed, so pup is not separated from you. All you are doing is providing a puppy proof, safe place to put the pup in her bed.

Don't over-use the crate during the day, until pup is happy to be in it. You don't want the crate to represent separation from you. It should only represent a cozy place for night next to you.

Good luck, and let us know how you end up solving this problem. ;-)

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Oh, one more thing. I always give a bit of a treat every time I put pup in the crate. In a few weeks, puppies usually eagerly run to their crate to get the treat. make it fun. Make it happy.
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What Tess said is correct. The pup will fuss to get more attention. From what you said she gets enough exercise and food so you should never react to her fussing and barking, you should always be calm, be firm and let her fuss all she wants, she will eventually stop and go to sleep and will learn very fast that no matter how much fuss she makes you will not give attention (any attentions, no shhhh, no NOs, no nothing) but she will get your attention when she is calm and quiet. Don't worry, all pups are like that.
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I'm not really keen to crate train because thru the day she is outside and she loves it out there so it is just of a night. Once she's asleep she doesnt need potty break until about 5 which is good it's just getting her to sleep but I'll c how I go. Does someone have a pic of a flirt pole?
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