11-30-2010, 07:46 PM
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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. ;-)
Last edited by Tess; 11-30-2010 at 07:55 PM.