The joys of having a puppy can quickly wear out during the first night as your puppy whines incessantly through the night, depriving you of your beauty sleep. Many people tend to wonder whether getting a puppy was a good idea after the first few sleepless nights. Well, this is to be expected, because a puppy, like all babies will cry when separated from their mother. When you get a puppy, this is basically what you are doing. It is crucial to keep the puppy litter with their mother for at least the first six weeks after birth to allow the proper development of their physiological functions. This can be done as the puppies are still nursing and drinking their mother’s milk. Furthermore, before six weeks, puppies are very small and do not have their teeth yet. Their eyes may still be shut and their fur is not yet fully grown out. Without a fur coat, the puppies still rely on being with their mother for warmth and security.
After six weeks, puppies tend to have their teeth and their eyes are wide open. Furthermore, they already have their full coat of fur. This can be the best time to separate them with their mother and give them to their new owner. Keep in mind that separating your puppy from his mother is still a big shock and for this reason they whine at night. Another reason is that puppies do not sleep all night like mature dogs do. Furthermore, puppies have huge appetites because they are growing very fast and need the extra nutrition. For this reason, puppies will make a nice little mess during the night also. They can’t hold it yet and they do not know to go outside yo do their business yet either. They’re still young and you need to train them one step at a time. This does require some patients, but you can do it very easily.
The place your puppy should sleep at nightis argued about by different people. If your puppy is still very young, you should probably have him sleep with you in bed so that he will think that he is with his mother and this can prevent much of the whining at night. Some people do not like this idea because they believe that it encourages the puppy to get up onto the furniture. Some of you, including myself, find the dog getting on the furniture is cute. Some people even have special blankets they place on the divan so the dog can get up and sleep on it. As the puppy gets older, you can always begin crate training and that can curb him from getting on the furniture if that type of thing bothers you.
For those of you who do not want to sleep with your puppy, you should keep him in a room that is kept at a comfortable temperature and you should have some ambient noise to keep your puppy comfortable. The best thing is a radio. Having a radio on constantly is the best thing, because the puppy will hear people talking, music playing, etc. He will feel that he is in the company of his new family and will not feel all alone and isolated. This sense of isolation that can be the culprit of all the whining.
Crate trainingis a good method of training your puppy at night as well as housebreaking him at the same time. The training crate is great because the small confined space that it provides gives your puppy a sense of security and eventually, once your puppy is trained not to whine at night the training crate is a must to keep your house from smelling like a doggy toilet.
Giving your puppy a bed timeis equally important to keep your puppy from whining at night. Like babies, puppies will like to take naps during the afternoon and early evening, therefore it is important to get your puppy excited during that time of day. Play with him and take him out for walks. Later in the evening, engage your puppy in some healthy horseplay so that he can burn up all his energy. Then before you go to bed, take him for a walk so he does his business outside and then when you go to bed, he’ll go to sleep too and will have had plenty of activity during his usual nap time.
Having a puppy is a great thing, but before getting a puppy, you need to understand that with the cute little puppy comes some responsibility. If you really want a dog, but you do not have the time to work with a puppy, it might be a good idea to get a young dog that is already housebroken and night trained from your local shelter. There are many wonderful dogs in animal shelters all across America who are in need of a good home and some of these shelter dogs can make the greatest pets.
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