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Very bad habit with new puppy! HELP!

x0luvjuicy0x
December 21st, 2004, 08:53 PM
i just got a new puppy and she is wonderful! she's 3 months old and she;s a chihuahua. I have socialized and she gets along well with my other dogs. But then comes night time. The problem is that when i get ready to go to bed i put her in her little recycling bin (she is still very small and i do not want her roaming the house) and she has a hard time falling asleep and she will whine. IF i can get her to go to sleep i'll wake up at around 2 or 3 in the morning to my little puppy whining really loudly. I assume that she has to go to the bathroom but of course that isnt it. She will not stop doing this little shrill until i bring her into my bed. :rolleyes: this just started all of a sudden and i do not want this to turn into a habit! please help!! thanks alot :)

glasslass
December 21st, 2004, 09:10 PM
I'll get flack for this! I've never had this problem because . . . the first night I took Den-Den into the bed with us and he's been there every night ever since! Sorry guys but you can do that with a small dog. And especially with a chihuahua! :o

x0luvjuicy0x
December 21st, 2004, 09:12 PM
yeaaa i know this is the 2nd chihuahua i own but i dont want her getting too spoiled cuz that's what happened to the 1st one and ohhh boyy what a mistake that was!! :angel: :o ;) but yes i can definetly relate! i hate saying no but.... :/

glasslass
December 21st, 2004, 09:23 PM
Should have said "Welcome to the board!" Where do you put her little bin? I remember my Pop having a problem with his border collie pup at night until he put his dogbed next to his bed with an item of his clothing (a shirt that hadn't been laundered) in it. The pup curled up with his shirt and was content.
Hope you know you're going to need to show some pictures! :D

BMDLuver
December 21st, 2004, 10:30 PM
yeaaa i know this is the 2nd chihuahua i own but i dont want her getting too spoiled cuz that's what happened to the 1st one and ohhh boyy what a mistake that was!! :angel: :o ;) but yes i can definetly relate! i hate saying no but.... :/
What happened to the first one?

CyberKitten
December 21st, 2004, 10:48 PM
Can you bring her near you - in the bedroom? If yoiu are not willing to sleep with her, could she at least see you? My guess is this poor baby is lonely!

I am also of the dog in the bedroom school. My family (when I was growing up) and later. never had a dog that slept anywhere but in bed with the family. Mind you, my lab "nephew" will sometimes move in the middle of the night to sleep on the rug on the floor next to the bed. But then he'd move back in bed. I thik he gets hot in the middle of the night.

Little dogs especially like to be near their human!

There are ways to train dogs to sleep alone but little ones need to be near you at first - like any baby really!!

Bugsy
December 21st, 2004, 11:20 PM
yeaaa i know this is the 2nd chihuahua i own but i dont want her getting too spoiled cuz that's what happened to the 1st one and ohhh boyy what a mistake that was!! :angel: :o ;) but yes i can definetly relate! i hate saying no but.... :/
Maybe if you put the two dogs together, they could keep each other company. ;)
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db7
December 22nd, 2004, 12:38 AM
earplugs. After a few nights of whining, no attention, and no sleep the dog will stop making noise at night.

maddoxies
December 22nd, 2004, 11:42 AM
The article of clothing is a good suggestion. Remember the old fashioned wind up alarm clocks ?? The ticking sounds like mom/siblings' heartbeats and helps them sleep too. Perhaps a towel, gently warmed in the dryer for a few minutes (or micro) may help. Any favourite toy or stuffed animal for company? Would you consider a proper crate? The roof over their heads can give some sense of security/comfort. And you can put the crate on a dresser or somewhere, where the little one can see you too and there is no fear of him/her jumping out and getting hurt.

My mini doxie just burrows under the covers, yeah, spoiled. But after his start in life, I figured he deserves it (and the golden sleeps on the bed too) :love:

twinmommy
December 22nd, 2004, 11:48 AM
the first night I took Den-Den into the bed with us and he's been there every night ever since! Sorry guys but you can do that with a small dog. And especially with a chihuahua!

Try being 8 months pregnant with twins and 2 GS mixes--40 lbs and 80 lbs in the same bed!!!! LOLOLOL

Schwinn
December 22nd, 2004, 12:02 PM
I was going to suggest the wind up clock as well. My parents used a travel clock. Just remember to set the alarm off. I think thier Taz never really fully recovered to waking up to his mom ringing.

Copper'sMom
December 22nd, 2004, 12:28 PM
Along with all the great ideas already posted above, ignore the whining and wimpering. It'll be soooo hard to do, but you have to establish that you are the alpha dog and what you say or do goes!!

db7 suggested earplugs and I agree completely!!

Trinitie
December 22nd, 2004, 02:01 PM
I don't think earplugs would be a super idea. What if the puppy had to go to the bathroom? Or something happened that it started yelping in pain? You'd be unable to hear it, thusly unable to assist it.

I think I'd stick with placing the "crate" beside your bed, up close. If she starts to whine, lower your hand into the crate, but don't touch her. Giving her attention means that she's getting what she wants. Just place your hand so she can smell you, and give her a firm, but gentle "hush". Once she's stopped whining, turn over and ignore her. If she whimpers lightly, ignore her. If she starts to get out of control, give her another hush, but be gentle. Just let her know that whining in her "crate" is unacceptable.

Maybe Tenderfoot has some pointers for you!

Good luck!

x0luvjuicy0x
December 22nd, 2004, 03:48 PM
thanks for all the help! here are answers to some of your questions!ok well the puppy sleeps in a bin next to where i sleep. I do take her outside when she starts the whining but i then bring her back into her bin but shell start the whining again. i like the earplugs idea but i dont think the other members of my family will be able to block out the noise too! :yuck: lol i think ill try getting her to sleep downstairs in the tv room because she stays there during the day and she has all thr room she wants ana a little "bed" of her own and she'll be able to get up! i'm not sure if it will work but I'll keep you posted and I'll also try all your ideas! thanks again! :D

x0luvjuicy0x
December 22nd, 2004, 03:55 PM
my first chihuahua for those of you that were curious isnt like dead or destructive or anything! he is in fact a really funny dog. what happened though he got a little spoiled when he was little an now has some drawbacks but i still love him just as mas i did when much as i did when i first got him!! the only thing is with putting my new puppy w/ my chihauhau is that well.... i have three other dogs that stay strictly downstairs. so if he goes upstairs... they ALL go upstairs! :o hes also a pretty big chihuahua also.... but it wouldnt matter with all that stuff anyway because she still has Kennel Cough and i don't want the others to catch it.

glasslass
December 22nd, 2004, 04:03 PM
Now I think I'm confused :confused: :confused:

x0luvjuicy0x
December 22nd, 2004, 04:41 PM
lol sorry! :sorry: what is it that youre confused about??

glasslass
December 22nd, 2004, 04:54 PM
I guess I got lost somewhere between upstairs and downstairs. Really, I think 3mo is a bit young to be on the loose downstairs with 2 other adult dogs. I take it that your first Chihuahua is upstairs? Are they getting along?

x0luvjuicy0x
December 23rd, 2004, 06:38 AM
ok well i have 4 dogs. Dottie, Jackie, Chubbie and Chiquita.

Dotte, Jackie, And Chubbie live downstairs in the kitchen and they have a odggie door t go outside.


Chiquita (my new on) stays in the living room during the day and stays in my room at nite.

glasslass
December 23rd, 2004, 09:12 AM
Thanks for the clarification. I understand that your first chihuahua used to sleep upstairs with you. When did he move downstairs? Is he ok with Chiquita? Cute name by the way!

Trinitie
December 23rd, 2004, 11:29 AM
The new puppy has Kennel Cough? That may explain why she's a bit whiney. Nobody likes to be by themselves when they're sick. Stick to your guns and don't cater to her, or you'll wind up having yet another spoiled pup! Have the other dogs been vaccinated for KC? If not, they should be!

x0luvjuicy0x
December 23rd, 2004, 07:49 PM
yea chubbie gets along w/ chiquita and thank you! i like the name too it means tiny in spanish! :D