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Ok! So I've had my puppy for 2 nights now, and I just ADORE him.

However, I am wondering on if this is normal behavior and what is recommeded to change it if its not.


Name: Aiko
Breed: Pomeranian
Age: 7 weeks
Sex: Male

NIGHT ONE ---

We are working on a crate training the lil guy. He stayed in from 10pm until 5:40am and whined to be let out. I took him outside immediately, set him down in his spot and he did his buisness. Praised him, and took him inside.

Now... 5:40 is really early... so I put him back into his crate and turned off the light. He continued to whimper and whine. He woke up the kids and my husband and so I took him out because people were getting irritated. :(

NIGHT TWO ---

Went into the crate around 9:00pm (he played a lot that day) and woke up at 4:30am. Took him outside, he did his business and I praised him and returned him to his crate. Again, he didn't want to go back and would whine and whimper louded, waking everyone. I tried to tell him nicely, but sternly no, and he would get louder and paw at the cage.


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First of all.

1. Is this normal?
2. Do I put him down later?
3. How would someone else handle this situation.
4. Am I going to have to change my schedule to fit his... lol.
 

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First of all, it's slightly unusual to have a 7 week old puppy. Most quality breeders don't let them go until 8 weeks. I'm slightly curious how you got him at 7. That being said.....

1. Yes, this is normal for a puppy. I've never raised one, but from what I've heard from other people, I'm a bit surprised that he can sleep and hold it that long at his age. You're talking 8 hours from a 7 week old puppy when normally I would expect no more than 3-4 max, but that's just me.

2. I don't know that this would make a big difference. When he has to go, he's gonna wake you up.

3. I'd take him out, let him do his business (you don't want to force him to eliminate in his crate. That's a cardinal sin), then put him back in his crate and ignore him. By going back to him you're giving him attention which is exactly what he wants.

4. Yes. Such is life with puppies.
 

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Regarding the Breeder:

I contacted her before the puppies were born, and she stated very frequently that they leave with their new owners at 8 weeks. However she called me on Sunday to let me know he had been fully weened and separated from his mother earlier then normal and had stayed with one of the other full litters to experience a litter environment, since his litter was so small. I received him earlier strictly because he was weaned earlier by his mother.
1. Yes, this is normal for a puppy. I've never raised one, but from what I've heard from other people, I'm a bit surprised that he can sleep and hold it that long at his age. You're talking 8 hours from a 7 week old puppy when normally I would expect no more than 3-4 max, but that's just me.
That's what I read as well. However I get up and take him out right after he starts whining, and there is no soiling on his bedding (WHEW). He is drinking plenty of fluids and is SUPER hyper. I assumed he is just really tired from all the play.


2. I don't know that this would make a big difference. When he has to go, he's gonna wake you up.
Thank you. I suppose you are right.

3. I'd take him out, let him do his business (you don't want to force him to eliminate in his crate. That's a cardinal sin), then put him back in his crate and ignore him. By going back to him you're giving him attention which is exactly what he wants.
Gotcha. I just wanted to know if that was the right thing to do, because I thought it was. However of course I feel like dirt letting him cry like that. However I will do what I have to do!

4. Yes. Such is life with puppies.
Ok! Same with babies. I've had babies. I've done this as well! So question... what kind of age range do you think I might be seeing a little bit more say... "sleeping throught the night..." Even with babies my girls slept through the night at around 1 1/2 years.
 

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I got my puppy at 8 weeks and I didn't have much trouble at all getting him to sleep through the night. Our routine is

6pm dinner
6-9 lots of potty opportunities and playtime
9pm long walk--more like outside playtime with a leash-since he's not walking well on it yet
9:30 bedtime
5:30 wake up time

The first week he did wake up in the middle of the night for potty, but after that he went back to bed. A couple of times he woke up a little too early around 4 ish and would not go back to bed, so I took him potty and then I left the leash on him (i just stuck the other end under my pillow) and took a couple of toys from his crate and he stayed quietly next to my bed and played with the toys for a few minutes and then back to bed. Ive had my puppy for a month now, and he prefers to sleep in his crate when he's tired (he'll whine if he's not sleepy). Its been really easy putting him in it at night, sometimes I have a hard time getting him to come out in the morning. I'll wake him up and he gives me this lazy look and then he gets up and stretches and then slowly comes out.

Your puppy will get used to it, give him sometime. Keep all his toys in there, feed him his food in there, hide treats in there for him, I even gave him an old smelly t shirt I wore for the whole weekend.
 

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Don't wait for him to whine to take him out. You're just teaching him that whining works. The whining is annoying, but it will stop more quickly if you and your family can learn to ignore it.

At that age, I'd be getting him up every 4 hours or so - before the whining starts. A pup that age doesn't have any warning himself when he has to go, so it's unlikely he's trying to warn you. It's more likely he just wants attention and is learning how to get it.
 

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Ah yes, i remember the days with a Husk puppy.

8pm dinner time
From 8 to 10pm play time, bonding,training,etc..etc..
He wasn't fully vaccined yet, so no walks.
10pm bedtime
5am potty and another playing hour to tire him out (i didn't use a crate,he slept much better next to my bed in a little pen)

It's pretty normal.
 

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Hello :D

As someone else said, pups really shouldn't leave until 8 weeks, so this might be becuase he wants his mama or soemthing idk.

HOWEVER, yes, this is normal puppy behavior. He probably didn't want to go back in the crate, he found his spotlight and doesn't want to leave it. This is how our dog was when it was a puppy, I just closed my door and eventually she learned she wasn;t getting anywhere and learned to sleep.
 

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Hello :D
I just closed my door and eventually she learned she wasn;t getting anywhere and learned to sleep.
I tried this last night and it worked. Now when I put him in his crate he whines very little and then is quiet.

Thank you.

At that age, I'd be getting him up every 4 hours or so - before the whining starts. A pup that age doesn't have any warning himself when he has to go, so it's unlikely he's trying to warn you. It's more likely he just wants attention and is learning how to get it.
Your right, he whines when he wants something. When he wants out of his carrier and when he wants out of the room. I will wait until he stops whining before I take him out. I take him straight outside and he's a good lil boy and does his business and runs back towards the house when he's done. Its wayyy cute.


I am willing to do whatever I need to do for this lil guy. I got a training schedule, and at 10 weeks I am going to get him into some puppy training. :)
 
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