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Hello everyone... im new to this forum and would very much appreciate some advice.

I have a 15 month old westie and ive just bought home a Shichon.... The Shichon is 9 weeks on Friday and all she does is cry and whine all the time.... she has to see me at all times, if im not right next to her she is whining. I cant put her down to run around freely at the moment because my westie is very rough with her and he has snapped at her a number of times, so until he gets used to her i would prefer to separate them. They do sniff and meet, but he doesn't like her very much as she keeps nipping him.

I let her run around the hallway and lounge and kitchen when Alfie isnt around or he's in another room..She whines at night but then settles down after about an hour, she is so little so i dont know where she gets the energy to keep whining.

The day time is a nightmare and im struggling to cope.... She has a play pen, a bed in there and toys and water. My westie was completely different, maybe that's the difference between male and female dogs, i dont know.... im sure if the two dogs got on, she wouldnt be so bothered about having me in sight...

I've had dogs before all males, this is my first female and ive never had this experience with any of the other dogs.

Any advice would greatly appreciated.
 

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How long have you had her? Do you go to her when she whines? What kind of toys do you have in there? How much exercise is she getting?
 

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It's quite normal for puppies that age to be anxious and want to be with their people. There are exceptions, I guess, but, many pups are scared in a new place, with new sights, sounds, smells, people, and a dog that doesn't care for her. Right now, you are her security blanket, the thing she knows best in the new place, so she wants you around! :)

Have you tried giving her a stuffed kong? All of our dogs were a bit anxious when they came home, and, when we needed to leave them in their crate or pen we would give them a kong, stuffed with peanut butter, and frozen overnight. They were crazy about the peanut butter, and it gave them something to do. This might help keep your girl occupied, so that you can leave her in the pen for a bit. It teaches indepenedence.

Also, you can try some leave conditioning, which is basically just putting her in the pen for super short periods of time, several times a day, so that she becomes accustomed to it. Start with maybe just 1-2 minutes, put her in the pen with a kong, and after 1-2 minutes, let her out. No fuss, just in for 1-2 minutes, then out. Do this as many times a day as you can, so it becomes normal. Then, after a couple days, try to increase the time to 3 minutes, as many times a day as you can. Then, after a couple days, try 5 minutes, then 10, then 20. You get the point.

Usually, the best way to introduce a new dog is to have them meet in a neutral place, and then bring them home together. But, if you didn't do that, it's fine, now you just have to work them through it. I have heard that walking dogs, side by side, you walking one, someone else walking the other, helps create a bond. You could try it, but the 9 week old is probably clueless about walking, and, depending upon where you live, it might not be safe for you to walk the pup til she has been fully vaccinated.

Good luck!
 

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EVERY puppy I've ever purchased has needed me to be close, in their sight and interactive for a good amount of bonding in the beginning. I couldn't imagine it any other way.

I've always made a point of separating the adult and established dogs at first from a new pup, but I hang with the new pup. I usually just use 16" wire shelves (sideways) to keep mine apart, so its an easy reach over to give the older dogs a scratch while I sit in the pen with the pup. If I sit on a floor cushion I can hang with all of them while still keeping the pup from being too obnoxious for the older dogs. If I'm busy the pup stays with me, (pen is portable and moved) while the older dogs settle in another area.

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