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Ok, I just gave one of my friends a puppy from my rescue litter and she just called me telling me that she might have to return him. She has had him almost 2 weeks now. He is now 9 weeks old. She is at work from 8-5 so he is crated during that time and let out at lunch. She plays with him all throughout the day when she gets home to try to tire him out, but once it is time for bed he doesn't just whine, he screams! She ignores him but he does not stop! He doesn't have to go to the bathroom and he isn't hungry or thirsty. Once he does fall asleep he wakes up soon after and starts crying again. How can she stop him from doing this? She really doesn't want to have to get rid of him, but she hasn't slept in 2 weeks! He also wont stop pooping in his crate. The crate is the right size and its comfortable. What can be done???
 

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First of all, she needs to be getting up with him at least once a night, he needs to potty (thats why he is pooping in his crate).

She can try putting a ticking clock and a warm bottle in his cage, these seem to be comforting.

Maybe put a stuffed kong in there to keep him busy.

How was he introduced to the crate? Slow is key.

This will pass, tell her not to give up. Invest in a pair of ear plugs if need be. Remember the puppy has just been up rooted from his family, is in a new place, so he is lonely and scared.
 

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I have had the pups since they were 6 days old and they have been crated since then. So they are all definately used to being in a crate. Thats why I don't understand why he is being so obnoxious. I kept one of the puppies and my other friend kept one and our pups are doing great by themselves in the crate, sleeping through the night with only one outing (she lets her pup out 4 times a night!) and they are learning to hold their bowels pretty well now. So thats why I don't understand what is wrong with the pup she got.
 

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my youngest puppy does the same thing, Just wanted to be out of the crate for no reason. I would have to agree with All4thedogs, maybe trying a clock so they can hear the tick, this is a replacement to there moms heart. What I do with all my dogs is play a soothing music, they are fine in a crate. My puppy sleeps in a different room, but even with the music he still whines, some nights I have to let one of my other dogs out so he can sleep in that crate with the rest of the dogs and he is much quiter. If I find out a solution with my puppy i'll tell you. But either try a radio or a clock or both and see if that helps or put something in the crate to keep him entertained until he falls asleep.
 

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Question from me is: Is she really ignoring the puppy when he does this ?

When my 12 week old pomeranian was doing this, I totaly ignored him. In fact I just stuck him in another room and left him there. Once he realized that whining was going to get him absolutley nothing he toned down ALOT. He will still do it for like 5-10 minutes after I leave for work or go out but then he just relaxes and calms down.

As for getting up during the night, well this is a joy of owning a puppy. If im not mistaken the "pee formula" is like month + 1 = hours they can hold ? So hes good to get around 3. Less then that if hes got full access to a water bowl.

Shes really just got to tough it out. Music, clock some chew toys. And then just stick it out, he will give up.
 

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I agree with you - she needs to commit to ignoring the whining and crying until he settles down and gets quiet. Responding to his whining even once completely sets him back. Reassure her that it will get worse before it gets better, but if she is consistent and sticks with it, it WILL get better.
 

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Has she had the pup to the vet for this? To rule out any health problems that could be causing it. When he screams is it I'm in pain type of scream or I want out of here type of scream?
 

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Has she had the pup to the vet for this? To rule out any health problems that could be causing it. When he screams is it I'm in pain type of scream or I want out of here type of scream?
I would check into that - could he be in pain? I agree......Maybe a vet check might be a good idea to rule any health problems out.
 

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No, its nothing medical. He would do this sometimes with me. He just would do a get me out of here very annoying scream. I will tell her to completely ignore him and see if that works, if she hasn't already been doing that. Thanks
 

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9Hours stuck in Crate no wonder the poor little thing whines hes only a baby he needs company poor little thing.
 

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Don't worry. That happend when I first got my pup, and we asked some experts on what to do. They said to put a warm water bottle under your pup's blanket. Once we did that, she stoped whining! Hope that helps!
 

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I agree with the last message posted. What are people nowadays thinking? We have a 9 week old puppy, stuck in a crate over and over and expected not to have to potty just because he is in this plastic box.... I am appalled at the way so many people expect to treat these baby dogs... they are a pack animal, a 9 week old baby would not normally be away from his family, and he is probably screaming, because he is desperate for some kind of better life than put into a plastic box and kept alone... why do people get dogs and then expect them to be able immediately to conform to our schedules and lives, without understanding some of their most basic needs? If this baby has been crated since 6 days old, it seems to me also that he could be becoming so frustrated with living too much in a box, that would sure account for the now-occurring screaming ! He may become a very neurotic and unhappy dog, because his basic needs for movement, exploration, company etc, are not being met. Think, people.!!
 

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sorry folks, I'm not done yet with my rant. What's the " right size " of plastic box for confining baby dogs? I suppose you will say, he can stand up and turn around in it so that's the right size. I wish some people would be kept in a plastic box for probably 20 out of 24 hours a day, with just enough room to stand up and turn around, and wonder how they would like that? Wake up please people, don't do this to dogs....
 

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Maybe the pup misses its mom?i have 2 huskies (mother and pup) and when the mom leaves the pup howls and wines and cries!
 

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Does this person keep going downstairs in the night to see to the puppy ? if so the puppy may now realise if it whines then it will get attention.

I have the air conditioner on to drown out the noise, works a treat.

I wish some people would be kept in a plastic box for probably 20 out of 24 hours a day, with just enough room to stand up and turn around, and wonder how they would like that? Wake up please people, don't do this to dogs....
Thats called prison, and although putting your puppy in a cage / crate may seem cruel and cold its the best thing for it, its like giving it a bedroom in a way and it needs to learn that when it goes in the crate it sleeps, just like when you get into bed. Also keeping it in the crate during the day when your at work stops it from destroying the house.

It needs to be just the right size for the dog so that it refrains from going to the toilet in the crate, therefore the dog learns to hold on to do its business when you come home and put it outside.
 

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Realistically, how much exercise and interaction is this pup getting?

If the pup is crated from 9-5, and then again from say, 10-7... that's a LOT of time in the crate per day. He needs to be out and DOING THINGS pretty much ALL of her at-home time, IMO, in order for him to be tired enough to sleep that much time. This doesn't mean running with him, but training, playing, and DOING STUFF- not just expecting him to hang out and chew in the same room! That's part of the commitment you make when you bring home a young pup and work full time- you pretty much don't have a life for 6 months, unless it's going to puppy-friendly places.

I'd honestly go ahead and take the dog back and find someone with more patience for him.
 

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A friendly reminder that this is a VERY old thread and the OP hasn't been on the forum since October, 2006.
 

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Is there any way to find out the history of the puppy? Perhaps finding out what happened before you rescued him will reveal why he is whining so much.
He might just also be lonely, but good and proper training should help get rid of both problems. Good luck, I hope it works out so that your friend can keep the dog. :(
 

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Heres my 2 cents.. but the only difference is I have 2 dogs I assume she has the one Well I crated my new puppy and left my trained chi in his bed at night well my yorkie who was a puppy cried all night and kept everyone awake all night well after 3 days I called the place I got him from I was ready to give him back too However they gave me some ideas to leave the crate door open but I was afraid that my chi might not get along and fight with him throught the night I tried putting the puppy in my bed it worked but I couldnt roll over so I figured it was a security issue so I bound him in a warm blanket and I used a warm water bottle and put him in his own dog bed and IT worked after one week He slept through the night and we were all happy... try the water bottle he may think its you ..

Oh and why not try baby gates during the day make sure you leave tons of toys for the puppy to chew and lay down paper give the puppy a bigger space to play and exercise then use the crate at night I did that my yorkie used to run into the crate at night with the door open and I played music for him ect I tried it all believe me my hubby is a light sleeper and he got so mad at the whining. So I tried the clock I tried the warm water bottle and blanky and I wrapped him to make him feel secure the list goes on but now he sleeps all night with my chihuahua in a seperate bed and doesnt make a peep all night he will get used to it but maybe you should get a small friend for him as well I am so much happier with 2 dogs rather than just one. Its way better. They play with each other and tire each other out and you do nothing ha ,,Two are way better than one.
 

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If it is a big crate during the day- I would call it "playpen". Another thing- the pup knows when people are around- get lots of attention, lots of playtime, then - for the night- gets put back in the crate- people are in the house, but ignore him now, hide from him. Kinda confusing. When I have puppies in the house, I dont necessarily play with them all the time. I may give a bone to chew on while I get dinner ready or check homework- normal things, but not playing with puppy. They get to stay in our large kitchen, play with a toy I give them and entertain themselves. That way they dont think that any human being coming around is there for their sole entertainment, but they learn to watch, entertain themselves and be a normal member of the family. Yes- I do the same with my kids- put them in the playpen when they where little, teach them to entertain themselves while being part of the family- otherwise I would've never gotten anything done. Heck- I was known to put the dang playpen in the shade on the back of the pickup so they can watch the farrier. To teach them to think and entertain themselves while you are around, will help you teach them when they are about to get into trouble- a simple "ah ah" when they do and usually they stop and find something else to get into - thats all kids- 2 & 4 legged :rolleyes:
 
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