We picked up our first dog ever as a family this week on thursday, he's an 11 week old golden, absolutely beautiful and so sweet and mellow! We live in the country and our kids are homeschooled, I'm home all day, dh works from home- so this dog gets and will continue to get tons of attention and exercise. He is having a tough time at night, during the day he is very good, just hangs out with us, but at night I have to put him away cause I can't trust him unsupervised. He has a room at the bottom of the stairs with some toys, a blanket, food and water -but he is lonely. His first night he got to barking incessantly at 2 am so I took him out for a little walk to do his business and then my 7 yr old went down and slept on the floor with him and he didn't make a peep after that. He hates to be blocked in anywhere, he barks non stop. I tried putting him in the front foyer which is right in our main area and I blocked it off and he hated it. I can't put him in our bedroom as dh's allergies can't handle it and I really don't know what to do, I don't want ds moving to the basement long term to sleep with him, but if I put Sawyer in the ds' room he will mess on the floor or chew something. My friend's tell me I need to get a crate and let him "yelp it out". I got almost no sleep last night, he was barking all night long!
He gets LOTS of exercise during the day. I realize it's only been 2 nights but I need to know what I should do to help him and us get some sleep!!
FWIW, he is eating Performatrin Ultra and he came from a farm where he was the last of the litter, his Mom and Dad on sight (I felt so guilty taking him away!!
Thanks for any help! I hate to hear the poor guy barking and whining but not sure what I should do. Is crate training reccomended? I grew up with some great dogs and we never crate trained any of them, so it seems strange to me....