Saturday, October 06, 2007

Do any of you know how to make a puppy sleep longer than two hours at night? Srsly. She is LOUD for such a tiny thing!

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Blogger Sheila said...

where does the puppy sleep?

11:17 AM, October 06, 2007  
Blogger Used*to*be*me said...

Oh! Pick me! Pick Me! She came right from her mamma right? This worked for my mastiffs (who came right from thier mammas too). First, give her a baby that is just hers. Whenever she is sleeping, put the baby by her. Eventually, she will associate the baby with sleep. Next, wear her out about an hour before bed. Give her a good play. (some dogs need a good play right before bed, but some are hyper and take about a half hour to wind down so trial and error on that one). Next, put one of those old tick tock clocks in the corner, under her bedding. They say it reminds them of mammas heart beat and helps to calm them. Finally, if none of that works, the pet stores sell this stuff that basically has the same effect as warm milk for puppies and helps them sleep.

Good luck. I remember, we got two mastiffs within a week of each other. It was like having two infants in the house. Totally reminded me why I was done having human children.

11:17 AM, October 06, 2007  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Cuddle the puppy and the puppy will sleep

11:29 AM, October 06, 2007  
Blogger Not a Granny said...

Let puppy sleep with you! LOL That way when puppy wakes up you can just roll over and snuggle her.

But no, for the first few nights you don't get much sleep at all!

11:49 AM, October 06, 2007  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Most of my methods involve a hammer. So...I assume you want to make that Plan B.

6:11 PM, October 06, 2007  
Blogger brahnamin said...

only thing i've ever found that works is

a. make sure they are active by day

b. isolate them at night. if they have no room to romp they will sleep.

caveat - it could take a day or two to get them adjusted

9:31 PM, October 06, 2007  
Blogger Shelli said...

I suggest a kennel. Most vets/pet trainers suggest the same thing for both this situation and for the use of potty training. You need to make sure it is big enough for her to be comfortable and small enough for her not to be able to pee in it. She should be kenneled whenever she isn't eating, being played with or eating. This may seem cruel to you, but remember in a non-domesticated dog, denning is their natural instinct. Our dog(dogs *teary* ) prefer(ed) their kennels for sleeping and getting away from a lot of activity. Used*to*be*me had a lot of good suggestions, too. One that I would add to that is a warm towel or blanket (maybe just taken out the dryer or something like that) next to them in their kennel. This also simulates the warmth of their mother.

Remember, this is normal and will pass. You probably know from taking care of a child not yours or from leaving your children with someone else, they sometimes cry at first because they miss you. She misses her mama, too. And probably her siblings as well. Sometimes you just have to weather out the storm and you will see that she will get better over the next few days.

Letting her sleep with you is going to be a big mistake.

Are you glad you asked? lol Sorry for taking up your comment section.

4:52 AM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Lisa said...

The most obvious solution, you see, would be to ship her down to Alabama! ;)

She is so cute, I can't take it! She reminds me and my hubby and my daughter - of our sweet "Puppy"! He'll be five tomorrow!

10:21 AM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Marilyn said...

It's almost like being a new parent of a human person... Everybody has advice.

All I know is if we gave in to the crying, she (I am speaking about our dachsund mostly) would think it worked and we'd lose sleep for several more days while she learned that she was supposed to sleep in the crate.

Out first dog "Graduated" from the crate and doesn't sleep there but he likes to hide in there sometimes anyway. Our dachsund can't be trusted not to eat furniture and pee on the floor when we sleep, so she still sleeps in her crate. Puppies do need cuddles... but I prefer to be awake during cuddles. And, maybe all dogs are different like kids are, so what works for one...

12:41 PM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Fantastagirl said...

Do not let her sleep with you - 8 years later, and the dog takes up more room in the bed than I do! (and she's a mini-doxie!)

1:17 PM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Diesel said...


2:17 PM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Ssssoooo sweet. But I have no idea how to get her to sleep.

4:01 PM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Tug said...

Puppies don't sleep.

Kennel - what UTBM said.


6:57 PM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Sheila said...

so, did the puppy eat you? I mean, I know its the holidays around there... but, c'mon now. ;)

12:36 AM, October 08, 2007  
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1:46 AM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger Avitable said...

Yeah, crate training is the way to go. Although, after being trained in the crate, our dog would never go back in. She's also completely housebroken, too, so it's weird.

7:32 AM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger Amy said...

I have no puppy advice... but OMG she's cute!

10:10 AM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger onetallmomma said...

I stop reading for a few weeks and you go and have a baby. Jeez!

Smokey is beautiful and I watched every single video. How is Tigger dealing?

Having just gone through the puppy thing a few years ago I can offer a few words of wisdom:

1)puppy should be in a crate at night and at times during the day.

2)Never, ever allow puppy on the furniture. The number one cause of bites to children from puppies and dogs are from when a child approaches a dog on a chair/bed/couch and tries to move the dog. The dog does not respect the child as pack leader but as a pack mate and may bite to assert dominance.

3) Puppyhood does not last forever. Promise.

Congratulations, Momma!

11:42 AM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger Catch said...

Im with Shelli.....I think you have to start them off in a kennel. My dog sleeps in her kennel everynight and when we leave the house she knows she will be in her kennel. I open the door and she goes right in. I think its her safe place and its got a big fluffy blanket in it.

12:49 PM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger BigDaddyGonzoVents said...

Try wrapping a hot water bottle in the puppy's bed in her kennel or stuff it into a pet of her own. I will be willing to bet money that this will work. Or else puppy might have a really wet and warm surprise if she decides to have a midnight snack. So make sure it is wrapped well But not to well that the warmth doesn't get through. Do not use an electric heating pad. (just common sense) Just one of the old style rubber hot water bottles with tap temp water.

Also another thing is she need a buddy of her own to have in her kennel. I highly recommend one of those shaggy balls. You can get them at PetSmart at the "Center".

Also a electronic metronome to set on the out side of the kennel. You can get a cheapy one at Long&McQuade for under $10. Make sure it has a volume control cause it will drive you bonkers. Then set it on a slow heart rate beat that would be achieved when sleeping.

Last but not least strong excitable praise when you let her out in the morning after she has been a quite puppy. Never forget the praise.

4:13 PM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger Sarcastica said...

Awh she looks so adorable! And exhausted...lol

6:55 PM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger J. said...

OMG! How cute!
Puppy love!!!

I did the crate thing with Daisy. It got to the point where you said 'bedtime' and she'd go straight in there.
Bonus thing is, it helps them with the not peeing in the house. They learn a bit of control.
And they actually enjoy the crate, even if we don't (I always felt kind of bad, like I was locking her up or something). It's like a den to them.

7:59 AM, October 09, 2007  
Blogger Webmiztris said...

omg, she is too cute!

9:48 AM, October 09, 2007  
Blogger annie said...

I have never "crated" a dog.
I put her next to my bed, on her own bed or blanket. They just don't like to be alone. If she acts up, a little tap and a "No!"
Now if I leave, my dog goes to her bed and lays there until I come home.

4:18 PM, October 09, 2007  

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