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I am crate training mode now. I discover the first night Stuart timer is 10 mins, he woke me up about 4 times. During the second night that timer was reduce to 5 mins with three bathroom runs. Hoping it gets better with each night.

It should get better each night. Congratz on the new pup and good luck!

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Our puppy is 8 weeks and has been with us for 4 days. She has a crate and the door is left open. She goes in and out during the day. If you close the door she will accept it for a couple of minutes and then cry and bark.
I've read the posts about ignoring her and not reinforcing attention seeking behavior and I agree.

We live in an apartment so allowing her to bark at night from the crate is difficult. How do I get her to sleep in the crate at night? Please help! What is the next step?
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You could try something like happy traveler by ark naturals. It's all natural and takes away anxiety. It made with things like St John's wort, tryptophan, camomile... Can't overdose and is all natural. Just check the age but I think it's fine for 8 or 12 weeks of age

Also can try the comfort zone apart on the beds or the plugin. It's a pheromone that makes then not care.

Neither drugs the dogs, just takes away the anxiety and fear

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My vet gave me a pheremone spray that is meant to help ease anxiety (they use them now in their exam rooms in the form of the plug-in that Maggie's Voice mentioned). I was totally skeptical, but I was willing to give anything a try. It seemed to help calm Shala. You spray it in the crate about 20 minutes before you are going to put the pup to bed. I think it was called Adaptil.

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We didn't have separation issues like you are having but what worked for us was a crate in the bedroom at night. When it was determined the puppy should go to bed, we put him in the crate, put a blanket over the crate to make it 'dark' and we stayed in the room with lights on and watched TV. (I.e he was not 'alone'). For us that worked. During the day, he is crated downstairs ( we have two crates). He gets a kong with frozen pumpkin and bananas, and a treat stuffed Kong bone only in his crate. He will sit by the crate and wait for us to let him in! I think patience is the key. Puppies are way harder then people let on. Invest the time and training now. It will pay dividends in the long run.
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Hi Cindirelly,
We brought home two puppies at different times last year. Both times we put the crate in our bedroom with an Adaptil Calm Home Diffuser plugged in the wall and a Snuggle Puppy that has a heartbeat you set inside. Both pups slept so well from the first night and we just set our clocks for a couple of times a night for potty but it got much easier with time. Here's a picture of the Snuggle Puppy.
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My vet gave me a pheremone spray that is meant to help ease anxiety (they use them now in their exam rooms in the form of the plug-in that Maggie's Voice mentioned). I was totally skeptical, but I was willing to give anything a try. It seemed to help calm Shala. You spray it in the crate about 20 minutes before you are going to put the pup to bed. I think it was called Adaptil.

I should also add, what I figured out finally was that it was also the crate I used at night that my pup hated. It was one of those plastic airline crates - dark, small slats, the only way to see out of through the front. She was much better in her day crate (though we went through an adjustment period with it, too) which was a wire crate that she could see out of. I put it in front of a big window, and she was much happier.

My pup never grew to love the night crate. She stopped crying when she went into it, but it was never a cozy, happy place. Thankfully, she was ready to be out of the crate at night by 5 months old. I puppy proofed my room, put up a baby gate, and let her sleep on the bed. She never left it for the entire night, slept til I woke up, and we never looked back.

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