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Hi everyone! My name is Cheryl, and I'm new to the forum. My family and I got our new puppy about a week ago; he is almost 9 weeks old. This isn't our first golden, but this little guy is a real challenge. We have been having trouble crate training him, because we made a couple of mistakes the first few nights. When he cried, we took him out more than once in the middle of the night. Now if we don't take him out, he cries and howls the entire night, and no one is getting any sleep. He is trying to train us, and we know that this is our fault, but what should we do now? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.
 

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You already know what you should do ;) it's Friday - buy some foam earplugs today and if you don't own a noise machine, get out some floor fans. Plan outdoor activities with your puppy this weekend for afternoon and evening. Tonight, one adult stays up late with the puppy to take him out again and play and potty one more time at 11 or midnight. Meanwhile the rest of the family puts the noise machine/fans on high and puts in the earplugs and goes to bed on the earlier side. Early to bed spouse then takes the morning shift with the puppy so the late nighter adult can sleep in. Double team him. Be sure to take up water bowl by 7 or 8 and feed dinner by 5 pm so that you are pretty sure puppy is not really having to potty at 3 a.m. Then ignore him. If you really have to cave and take him out, it's only to potty, no lights on and no speaking and then back in the crate. Be strong. If you are consistent over the weekend you should be able to work through this in a couple of days.

Suggestions for daytime activities to tire out the puppy is take him places to meet new people - at this age you can carry him anywhere, take him to a church yard or school athletic fields or state park where he can go on nature walks. Buy children's bubbles and blow bubbles for him, if it's not super cold where you are, take him some place where he could play in water, be creative - put a crate in the car and take him places so he's not home sleeping. Don't let him sleep all evening, puppies need to nap but keep him active in the evening. This mantra will see you through a lot over the next 2 years: A tired puppy is a good puppy.

p.s. if you're not signed up for obedience classes yet, it's not too soon. Good places fill up fast, find a AKC obedience club or dog training club where members teach classes and join.
 

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You already know what you should do ;) it's Friday - buy some foam earplugs today and if you don't own a noise machine, get out some floor fans. Plan outdoor activities with your puppy this weekend for afternoon and evening. Tonight, one adult stays up late with the puppy to take him out again and play and potty one more time at 11 or midnight. Meanwhile the rest of the family puts the noise machine/fans on high and puts in the earplugs and goes to bed on the earlier side. Early to bed spouse then takes the morning shift with the puppy so the late nighter adult can sleep in. Double team him. Be sure to take up water bowl by 7 or 8 and feed dinner by 5 pm so that you are pretty sure puppy is not really having to potty at 3 a.m. Then ignore him. If you really have to cave and take him out, it's only to potty, no lights on and no speaking and then back in the crate. Be strong. If you are consistent over the weekend you should be able to work through this in a couple of days.

Suggestions for daytime activities to tire out the puppy is take him places to meet new people - at this age you can carry him anywhere, take him to a church yard or school athletic fields or state park where he can go on nature walks. Buy children's bubbles and blow bubbles for him, if it's not super cold where you are, take him some place where he could play in water, be creative - put a crate in the car and take him places so he's not home sleeping. Don't let him sleep all evening, puppies need to nap but keep him active in the evening. This mantra will see you through a lot over the next 2 years: A tired puppy is a good puppy.

p.s. if you're not signed up for obedience classes yet, it's not too soon. Good places fill up fast, find a AKC obedience club or dog training club where members teach classes and join.
Thanks for your suggestions. We'll give them a try. I really like the idea about the bubbles. We live in the Midwest. So, it isn't too cold yet.
 

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Guess you haven't had any human babies yet! Your Golden is teaching you an important lesson about human babies...if you ever have one, do not pick them up when crying...unless they are hungry, need a diaper change or are in pain (which sounds completely different)! By the way, same way with pups....

Your puppy is just a baby...
 
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