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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Do puppies have sleep cycles?

This baby boy of mine has been asleep almost all day!!! He cried and cried for most of the night in his kennel and for the hour and a half I put him in it during the day today. Is it possible that his sleep cycle is reversed? Can I fix this? I hate waking him up since he's just a baby, but my sleep cycle and responsibilities require me to sleep at night! 4 days at home now and I'm still not getting any sleep at night...
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 04:18 PM
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It's totally normal for him to be crying at night right now. He's been abandoned (in his mind) and locked away by himself, something he's not used to. It took my boy a few weeks to adjust, but he did. He'll learn that he's okay and you'll come back.

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Are you sure I'll live through this? ;P Actually, last night I got 5 hours between 1 and 6. I just don't understand why he acts SO tired until he goes in there. Do those treat balls work to distract them?
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Are you sure I'll live through this? ;P Actually, last night I got 5 hours between 1 and 6. I just don't understand why he acts SO tired until he goes in there. Do those treat balls work to distract them?
Not for mine. He sniffs at it for a minute, then gets bored.

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What about those puppy puzzles? Anyone use those?
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It's weird because when I brought Schatzi home at 12 weeks she never cried at night. The only time she did was the first night when I was planning on leaving her in the kitchen, but then took her into my room and she never cried. The same thing with my 3 month old Alaskan Malamute. Never cries at night. What you can do before going to bed is let him run around and get him tired.

You can also train your pup and then let him run around for 30 mins or so before going to bed.

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How long have you had him now? Ky cried for the first 2 or 3 nights but after that we were good (except for having to get up to go pee, but that's normal!)

Can you tire him out more before bedtime so he sleeps more at night rather than during the day? I know, not an ideal solution if you're at work (like most of us are!) ... but maybe a good 30-45 minute romp about 15 minutes before bedtime might help?

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I wouldn't be letting him sleep all day, LOL! Let him nap, but that's it. Maybe he's got his days and nights mixed up as well... who knows? Grim only whined for about a minute the first couple of nights. Now he doesn't whine at all. I was prepared for all night crying since he'd never been crated before, etc. but he never did it.

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I put floodlights on the back of the house just so each night I can take the boys out and tire them out with about thirty minutes of fetching sprints before bedtime. They love it and sleep like a charm.

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I've had him now for just over two weeks. He's actually doing great now. Not kidding, but he's actually sleeping 7 or 8 hours a night now.

Still hates it when he has to go in the kennel in the day time, but I take him everywhere I possibly can.


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