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Puppy not sleeping at night

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Here’s the short version: we have had our 8 week old dachshund for two nights now. First night I would sit with her to get her to sleep, she got up every couple of hours. Not too bad and I resolved to gradually decrease my actions to get her to sleep. Last night I had success in putting her to sleep with less involvement from me but she went the whole night never sleeping more than twenty minutes at a time. Help!
(She has a crate but we are taking that slow so she’s not in it and night yet)
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Sometimes you have to give them a little tough love. Some people will put the crate right beside their bed, perhaps up on a chair, so the pup can see/hear you. They will probably cry a bit, but you must ignore it. Some will stick a hand in there, too. Then, slowly move the crate away from your bed and to the place you want the crate to be. Make sure to set an alarm to wake up with the pup during the night for a potty break. My dog slept in a crate for the first year or so of his life, but once he could be trusted at night, he now sleeps in a regular bed where his crate used to be.

Some use a hot water bottle wrapped in a blanket, or this thing that resembles a puppy and is warm and has a "beating heart" to resemble a littermate. Puppy pal? I forget the name, but those types of things can help ease them into the new situation. After a while, they will not need those aides and will sleep through the night unassisted.
I agree a bit of tough love is in order. Dog goes in crate and does not get out unless she is quiet PERIOD, ever day or night. Whining and yipping, barking, carrying on gets her ignored, she has to be quiet in there to get any attention from you. Have small treats that you can give her without letting her out, sometimes treat for quiet, sometimes let her out for quiet. Gradually increase the am mount of time she has to be quiet to get attention or a treat form a few seconds to hours by the time she's five to six months old.

I start that with mine at six weeks of age, by 12 weeks, I might get a minute or two of complaints over crating them, but then they hush until I come to them - even if that's 3-4 hours later. The rule is one hour per month of age, that's all a dog can hold it and not need to potty and, don't crate for 30 minutes after feeding or after the puppy drinks water, let them potty first.
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