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I don't know what to do at this point.

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Hello, so some of you might remember my post last month. I received a puppy as a suprise pet,and have never owned a puppy before. I got some advice, decided to keep her, and now, a month later I'm kind of freaking out about it.

1) She screams and cries when left in her crate at night. I know you're supposed to ignore it but it goes on for hours sometimes. I need to sleep at some point. She has currently been screaming off and on for like an hour and a half. She only stopped because I came into the living room and turned on the tv and laptop and stay here. But I can't do this every night. I am dealing with some serious sleep deprivation. I haven't slept normally since I got her. Does anyone have any ideas about how I can restrain her at night so she doesn't harm herself or other things, but isn't so distressed that she screams incessantly? I can't handle it anymore. I'm done.

2) I feel extremely guilty about leaving her home alone all day while I'm at work. I have a long commute so she's out there in the yard alone for a really long time. I leave toys, water, and bought her a dog house (which she won't use) to make her as comfortable as possible, but realistically, I don't know how much time a puppy should be spending alone, period. I don't do long drawn out goodbyes, nor do I greet her with excitement - I know that's bad - but she doesn't seem happy about being alone. Ever. And by the time I'm home I'm so tired, it's all I can do to just feed her, walk her, and work on commands for a bit.

3) She is crazy hyper. I don't have any idea what to do about this. Whenever we go places I always feel like the worst dog owner in the world. All the other dogs are so well behaved, but Molly just jumps around and runs and freaks out because she wants to meet everyone she sees, at the expense of my arm health and her dignity. I keep doing the "off" thing when she jumps on things, but it doesn't work. She jumps and jumps. Which is apparantly bad for her because she's long and skinny, but I can't seem to make her stop.

4) Walks are less than fun with her at this point. She either wants to race ahead at lightning speed or stop and smell everything. EVERYTHING. And she weaves all about like she's a drunk driver. I can sometimes make her walk in a straight line, but only if I dangle treats above her head. And that doesn't work all the time.

I'm just crazy super frustrated. Any advice/solutions would be most helpful. I'm considering giving her to a stay-at-home-mom-type family so she'll have the attention she deserves, even though it would break my heart. She really is an adorable, friendly, awesome little puppy, and I feel like a total failure as a puppy owner. My biggest concern is that she's not getting enough attention, but I can't quit my job, you know?
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Thanks very much! This has really helped alleviate my guilt. I do currently take her to a puppy training class, and she does really well with "sit" and "stay" unless she is in hyper mode, or unless she smells something interesting. Unfortunately, we are the only people in the "class" so she is not learning how to interact with other dogs, or how to stay calm around people, so I'll have to figure something out for that.

She is a basset hound, 5 months old. I got her about a month ago.

Again, thanks very much!
Thanks guys! I'm feeling a lot better now that it's not 3 am haha. I will try walking her more - currently walk her twice a day, but the morning walk is really short - just around the block, since I have to get ready for work.

I like the idea of putting the crate in the bedroom, but my bedroom is too small, sadly. I'll figure something out soon - I'll have to!
Thanks! I definitely am going to start doing some trick training with her, for sure. Right now, I am trying to make her walks longer, and I blow bubbles for her and let her jump around and try to get them which is helping some. She doesn't like fetching though, which is sad, because that would be an easy way to tire her out . I am thinking about putting her on my treadmill - I saw Cesar Milan do it on tv and I think maybe that would be a good way for her to release some energy. Thanks again!
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