A new puppy in the home is always exciting. After all, you’re bringing home a friend who will stick around with you and your family for years to come! With lots of new experiences, fun times, and a brand new bond to share with your new puppy, it can be difficult to see the downside. At least until it’s the middle of the night and your puppy decides that this is just the right time for him to start howling and whining up a storm.
Puppies who are freshly weaned from their mother can struggle with being in a new home. It can be cold, scary, dark, and even smell funny. Your puppy is experiencing a brand new home without the comfort of his mother and it is generally the norm for him to be a little uncomfortable and unhappy. Even with all the love and affection you can muster, you still can’t get him to sleep through the night. So how do you help him adjust to bedtime without it being such a struggle?
Puppies are needy and require plenty of love and attention throughout the day, and yes, even throughout the night! They require bathroom breaks often, can get hungry at inopportune times, and aren’t all that fond of being alone. Having trouble sleeping through the night is common with many puppies of all kinds of different breeds, so it’s no surprise that there are quite a few different ways to deal with it.
If your puppy is struggling with bedtime, get him settled the first night you bring him home. Have a plan in mind to fulfill his needs and stick to it from the beginning. Your puppy will need stability, especially for the first week, in order to adjust to how you plan on doing things in your home.
In order to help your puppy adjust, try bringing an item that smells like his mother home with you. This can help provide some additional comfort. Otherwise, you can try giving him an item that smells like you, such as a shirt or a towel, especially if you’ve already spent a lot of time cuddling together. Just be prepared to not have that item again! It might just become his.
After that, double check that nothing is hurting or making your puppy feel sick. Keep an eye on his eating habits and his bathroom breaks to check for an upset stomach and feel his paws to be sure there’s nothing hurting them. If he seems to be fine and is only struggling with sleep because he is scared, then you can begin to find a way to cope with the bedtime blues.
How do I get him to stop biting
Hello Jenya, Check out the article linked below. At this age, start with the Bite Inhibition method. As he gets older work on the Leave It method and switch over to that method once he understands the Leave It command. Expect this to take time and consistency to teach. Puppies his age naturally need to chew and are used to interacting with litter mates with their mouths - it's normal, so it takes puppies time to learn to do something different around people. Bite Inhibition method and Leave It method from the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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hi! so my puppy tends to wake up at like 3 4 or 5 in the morning but it’s usually always 5-5:30, it just depends. i would want her to wake up at from 6-7ish. i just started today feeding her at 7 because she would be fed every time she woke up. i also started to take her out of her create when she cries in the middle of the night and put her back in once she’s done but i would like to not wake up at all until it’s time. her crate is covered with blankets so it’s dark, she has toys in there plus she walks before bedtime. should i stick to this routine? is there anything else to do? should i not let her sleep after 3pm? anything helps in order for to sleep through the night even if she wake up at 5:30 at least i didn’t get up in the middle of the night.
Hello Genesis, At nine week of age almost all puppies will need to go potty at least 1-2 times a night during a 8-10 hour period because they physically cannot hold it all night long. Keep potty trips boring and on leash when she does wake up to pee. Ignore any crying after you return her to the crate after the potty break. When she wakes at 5, if you want her to learn to sleep until 7am, take her potty on a leash (to help her stay focused and not just play), return her to the crate, ignore the crying after, and let her out at 7 and feed her then. During the day you can practice the Surprise method from the article linked below to help her adjust to the crate sooner. Don't give food at night though. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Also, check out the free PDF e-book AFTER You Get Your Puppy for more information on puppies this age in general. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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