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Old 02-12-2015, 09:57 AM
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Unhappy Puppy Goes Crazy at Night!

My boyfriend and I recently adopted a Whippet Terrier mix puppy, who is now 10 weeks old. He's doing great training on potty pads (it is too cold to train him to go outside) and has even learned to sit, come and give me his paw. I take him for walks 3 times a day. They are brief walks since he has very little fur and body fat and it's pretty cold in Philadelphia right now.

Our only issue with him arises right before bedtime and during the night. He sleeps in bed with us (we tried keeping him in the crate in our bedroom but he barked and cried desperately for hours), which was fine for the first week or so because he would fall right asleep and only wake us 2 times a night when he had to go potty. However, this last week, he's been going NUTS at bedtime (around 10:30 p.m.) and then again when my boyfriend gets home (1:00 a.m.) and we're finding it impossible to calm him down. We have tried talking to him in a soothing voice and even shouting "No!" but he continues to bite hard at our hands and arms, snap at our faces, bark and chase our cat for at least an hour each time he wakes. He suddenly doesn't listen to any commands, which he does fine with during the day. I don't want to leave him on the bedroom floor through the night because I'm afraid he will hurt himself or have a lot of accidents and un-learn all the potty-training! I really want to raise/train him correctly and this is my first puppy experience. I'm so afraid I'm doing everything wrong! Any help/advice from experience dog owners would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:42 PM
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Ah, the witching hour. This is normal puppy stuff. The easiest way to handle it is to put him in his crate before this happens so he doesn't get a chance to act all crazy.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:45 PM
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Thanks for the tip! However, he barks relentlessly if we put him in the crate and we're home. Do you think putting him in a playpen at night would work? Then we could bring him into bed once he gets sleepy and calms down?

Sorry... totally new to all of this! :-)
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shouting "no" won't help you. A baby that young doesn't know what the command "no" means.
it can help to redirect him to a chewing toy or a stuffed animal, so it doesn't need to bite in your hand.
you also don't necessarily need a crate to train a puppy...hundreds of generations of puppies have already been trained without a crate. You can use it as tool, if it helps you and the dog and you work with it responsibly, but it's not like your puppy will suffer, when you don't put him in the crate.

My dog helped gnawing on his favorite blanket and being held in the arms of his favorite human (and i mean we really had to hold him, while was struggling for a minute or so, but then he relaxed) to calm down.

I personally wouldn't use pads inside the house and start sending him outside (even if it is just the terrace) as early as possible. it is simpler this way, since dogs learn bounded to localities.
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I'm glad to hear that this is normal behavior for a puppy. He is a joy in all other aspects. I was just worried that if I didn't correct the behavior early on, he would grow to be an aggressive and dominant dog. I try not to get frustrated and remain calm but it is HARD. I try holding him in my arms but he spazzes out and tries to bite my face. After about 30 minutes, he finally calms down and falls asleep but then he wakes up and starts all over again when my boyfriend walks in the door. I guess this is all just part of raising a puppy though. :-) No one ever said it was easy! lol

I do plan to start taking him outside to potty this weekend. Hopefully I can get him to actually go!
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I've only ever had adult rescue dogs so not too well placed to advise, but with regards to him going crazy when your boyfriend comes in at 1am, is there any way you & pup can sleep in another room? Pup doesn't know what time it is & just sees a new person to play with! Obviously that arrangement won't be ideal, but it will be only temporary.
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Unfortunately, we only have one usable bedroom in the house (the others are going through some construction) and sleeping on the couch would pose the same problem since the front door opens right into the living room.

I think I might just have to deal with crazy puppy for the first year until he calms down enough to not get the zoomies late at night.

In the meantime, I'm worried that I've done damage to our relationship by shouting at him when he was acting crazy! I had no idea it could have such detrimental consequences.

Starting now, I plan to start using more positive reinforcement for good behavior and just ignore him when he's misbehaving. Hopefully it's not too late and I haven't ruined our relationship! I have nothing but tenderness for the little guy. :-)
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No, you won't have damaged your relationship, just start from the beginning it's a learning curve & you are obviously willing to learn, puppies are hard work!! 10 weeks is awfully young, he will settle soon enough. Things will also improve when you can take him out & about, you will see a big difference, excersise will tire him out more & you will get a better sleep
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Thanks much for your kind words! I'm so glad I found this forum... it's nice to have a place to go for help and guidance. Can't wait for many more happy years with little Dig. :-)
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Personally, If I were you I would try to stick out the crate training. I had a puppy that BARKED like someone was killing her in the crate initially, grow up to love her crate and go in it willingly.

My current puppy Naira is pretty great at night at 16 weeks. I haven't crated her at night since she was 14 weeks. I started her off in the crate, and waited until she was sleeping through the night without a peep and only then was she allowed to sleep with me in the bed with me. Occasionally I do have her sleep in the floor of my room on her doggy bed, and when I work night shifts I don't crate her at night.

How is your dog doing with potty training? It is my experience, that dogs are much better at holding it all throughout the night than they are during the day (when they are running around and playing)
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