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Hello everyone! My partner and I collected our very first puppy yesterday! A gorgeous 9 week old boy French Bulldog; something that we've wanted for a while. During his first night here, he's been crated in another room away from our bedroom. I woke him up at 1am and 3.30am to go bathroom and he cried for about 25 minutes after both times he was returned to bed but then settled down until we got up a 6am.
Having read dozens of (often contradicting) webpages on how to train it, I decided to come here and seek some advice directly. We have started crate training having read the benefits of helping with toilet training and, apart from 2 small accidents today, every other time has been successful. I am due to go back to work in 3 weeks and we intend to have him crate trained to be able to cope for a few hours in the morning until we get someone to let him out halfway through the day for a walk and eventually cope for a work day (7.30am-3.30pm).

Today, he always wants to be on my lap if the crate is open so i let him drop off to sleep then move him to his bed where he stays for up to an hour. I take him straight to bathroom when he wakes, we play a little or he chills out with his toys for a few minutes by himself, then its back to my lap if i let him (im trying not to everytime but he wont stay in bed to sleep)

The main issue that I am struggling with his just HOW to go about easing him into being by himself. Am i being around him too much and hes not going to learn? Today, I left some treats and fav. toys in his crate and he lasted a few minutes but then started crying, as expected. Am i to ignore the crying until he settles down a little and then let him out or do i set a time limit for myself e.g. 2 minutes to start and then let him out? Do i need to calm him down before I let him out so he knows quiet means door-open?
I hope I've been clear and sorry for all the questions. I just really want to make the dog happy here and not develop separation anxiety.
Any advice will be very much appreciated!
 

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So for our second day together, I've left the crate door completely open all day so he can come and go as he pleases. If you use one of his toys in another room, he'll play for a little but then take it back to his bed! This means he has a positive attitude to the crate, right? Only a couple of bathroom accidents today and they have been because I wasn't fully concentrating (who am I to think I have time to pour some cereal?!). He now understands 'bed' if hes in the same room and there's a clear point in the direction plus a treat. Will he eventually understand 'bed' regardless of the room he's in?
Thanks for the advice! We've had lots of playtime and cwtches today so that he feels as welcome as possible.
 

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Definitely think im making progress.... he still cries when hes put back in his crate after nighttime bathrook breaks but they are getting shorter bursts. one thing i had to do last night was let him out of his crate while he was a little vocal but he hadn't been to the bathroom before bed and as soon as we were outside, he peed, so im hoping this was the correct decision. If i decide to have him in the crate for 2 minutes today with the door closed and him awake, should i be in the room with him for the duration? He tends to get more vocal if he can see me sitting nearby. Do i just wait for him to settle down, even if that takes longer than the 2 minutes i intended to give him?
 

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so a few days ago, Jonah fell asleep on the floor in the lounge and was shivering a bit so i got an old sheepskin lined jacket and wrapped him up in it. he didnt move for 90 minutes! i took this a step further and bought him a new sheepskin lined bed yesterday to see if it had the same effect. I took him out to wee at 3am and then returned him to bed, waiting for the usual 10-20 minute cry before he settled again, but not a peep! This means he slept from 9.30-5.30 (bathroom breaks at 11 and 3) without any crying! Sadly that came to an end at 5.30am lol but we're up at 6 anyway, so i wont complain too much. Now for a day of training him to be by himself for a little while....
 
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