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I feel like I am in desperate need of advice! I have a three month old spaniel cross pinscher and decided to have her sleep in her crate next to my bed at night. Since then, whenever she cries or moans at night I put my hand down to comfort her. I have had her for two weeks and twice have opted to put her in the bed with me in order to get some sleep and for her to stop crying. This seems to have made things worse and every night now she wakes up multiple times and cries and scratches to get back into the bed. My boyfriend and I have been unable to have a half decent sleep in weeks! I don’t know where to go from here or what to do to create a peaceful sleeping arrangement for us all. Do I move her crate to the kitchen and put up with her howling for days on end?? Please help! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
 

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Hi! Sorry to hear about your trouble.

Have you taken some time to get your pup used to the crate in the day time before having her sleep in there at night? It took us a few days before our Nova girl was able to sleep in the crate at night comfortably. In the beginning we let her sleep in our bed for 2-3 nights and once we had gotten her used to being in there for short times throughout the day and eventually longer periods with open doors/doors shut, she was happy to stay in her crate at night. In saying that, Nova took to her crate really fast, I know it takes weeks or months for other dogs.

What’s your routine like before she goes into the crate at night?

Two weeks is not a very long time and trust me things will get better once your pup is getting used to a good routine and training schedule. The first weeks with our puppy were tough on the sleep side and for us it lasted about 6 more weeks until she slept through the night completely. Hang in there!
 

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Thank you so much for the advice! I try tire her out during the day but I don’t think we have a very good routine in the evening. Often when I come home from work she naps on the couch and then doesn’t seem to sleep very well at night. Did you keep your Nova awake at night before bed? If she scratches at the bed at night, do you recommend just leaving her? Potentially putting my hand down to comfort her but not bring her into the bed??I am really hoping things improve!
 

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I personally wouldn’t keep a tired puppy awake, they need their sleep and an overtired puppy can have a really hard time winding down and going to sleep.

It took me a few weeks to figure out a good routine. Nova is on a nap schedule that works well for us. She sleeps from 7:00pm until 8:00pm every night, because she gets really tired around that time. It has never impacted her sleeping through the night. In fact I think the regular naps help her to have a good sleep at night because she is not overtired.


Is your puppy comfortable with her crate? Does she scratch because she needs to go outside? Puppies that age often need to go outside during the night to potty.

When is your last play session for the day?
 

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You have to ignore her, it will be worse before it gets better.


The only attention she should get is be let outside at some point in the night, but then it's no petting, just out and back in and back in the crate.
 

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I play with her from around 4.30-5.30. She gets really tired from around 6pm, she is usually up again at 11, 2 and 4. I do take her out twice in the night and she will do her business outside. She seems to just want to be around or on top of people. She seems to feel much more secure when she can feel you. If it were up to me I wouldn’t mind her sleeping on the bed with me but my boyfriend will not allow that.
 

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When we got our puppy I decided to put his crate on top of a table right beside my side of the bed, at bed level. I placed my head next to the crate door, so the puppy had the comfort of my nearness. When he made some sounds I put my fingers through the mesh of the door, and he settled right down again.

It was very tempting to let him sleep in bed with us, but I was way to worried about him falling off the bed or even peeing on the duvet.

Now, that he is older, and we have set up puppy stairs, I leave the crate door open. He falls asleep with us, but then at some point during the night chooses to go into his crate all on his own.
 

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Condition your dog to loooove their crate

Sorry to hear about your sleepless puppy nights!! We all need our sleep--being sleep deprived will make anyone loopy!

Perhaps think about how your are sending your lil pup off to her crate?

I got Puma pup when she was 3 months old. I immediately crate trained her to make her loooooooove her crate. I would say a fun cue of "Puma go to your crate!" in a super happy voice and then as soon as she entered her crate I would give her a wonderful treat or great bully stick to gnaw on or something similar to chew on.

This gave her the association that going to her crate was fantastic and highly rewarding. Every time! Yes, every time I asked her to go to her crate she got something amazing.

I practiced this during the day often for short periods of time for her naps AND also just for training/conditioning purposes. And she certainly slept all of her nights in her crate until she was fully potty trained. Plus I have other dogs that sleep in our bedroom, so Puma slept happily in her crate next to my bed, giving her safe cozy time away from our other dogs. ZZZZZZZZZZ

If you give your pup (or dog) something safe to chew on in their crate
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Chewing relaxes dogs so they can snooze better... and distracts dogs so they are not hyper focused on being in a crate, away from you.

So many times, day or night, I would find Puma snoozing away, sleeping on a 1/2 eaten chewie or bully stick:)

She never ever cried in her crate.

I trained Puma in such a fun, happy way to go to her crate as a young pup, that she actually chose to go to her crate many times during the day. I took her to work with me everyday and I would have her out playing with our customers... and then lil Puma would tire out and just take herself to bed (her beloved crate)

She actually still does this now as an adult doggie. At work, when she is tired or needs time away, she will let me know it and lead me straight to her special area or resting place, which is now a small room in our store that is her spot. Who doesn't love a dog that will happily take herself to bed????:)

Conditioning works wonders on training a dog to love their crate as a young pup...and to be able to snooze alone peacefully as an adult.
 

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Oh, dang it, I totally forgot to say something in my last post...

@Sarahp, omg your puppy Charlie is so completely adorable. Geez. Those ears! How cute can a doggie be???? What a cutie pie!

How much does she weigh now? She looks tiny, but hard to tell online.

Anyway congrats and enjoy every lil moment of puppyhood with precious Miss Charlie. Puppyhood goes fast... I look at my Puma pup now at 54 lbs and see her pics on my phone of when she was just 9 lil pounds when I got her...time flies.
 
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