First time owners, help please!
Hey - sorry for the long post, thanks in advance if you take a read and offer to help.
We got our GSD pup (11 weeks, nearly 12) on Sunday night and have had a great time during the day but a nightmare at night time so was hoping for some general advice but also some tips based on your guys’ experiences.
First 2 nights we had her (Minnie) in the kitchen - radio on low volume, in a corner to create a cosy space but in a dog bed. First night she went from 9.30pm to 11pm fine then yelped for 20 minutes (pre and post letting her out for potty). Back to sleep until 4am, yelped (pre and post again) for 10 minutes then slept until 6.30. Second night much of the same aside from an extra wake up around 2am. So on and so forth until last night (Thursday).
We put it down to first few nights in a new house etc. but noticed in the night it was a fight to get her in the kitchen, she preferred the front room instead. The more I read, the more I warmed to getting a crate for her so we did that - kept the door open all day and lured her in with treats to get her ‘used’ to it coupled with overpraise. We went out for an hour or so and I (sad I know) left my iPad video recording her noises to hear what she got up to. Cried for 10 minutes at the beginning when we left then was good as good for the remainder. At night, though; up 2/3 times and not just for potty, she was yelping and scratching at the door.
More I read about crates the more I then saw about recommending them to be in a room which the pup associates with a family room so we’ve made room and placed the crate in a corner of the living room to make herself a little den. Inside the crate is; food, water, bed. Inside the bed is; 1/2 toys, teddybear with mum’s scent on, bone. We went out for 2 and a half hours today, same thing, recorded her and she yelped for 5 minutes at the beginning then not a peep for the rest of the time. Better!
When we go upstairs during the day (I’ve read leaving her alone for a few minutes during the day helps them get accustomed to being alone and therefore night time) she yelps again for a few minutes (15 max) then calms down. Her day is made up of a few little walks and the occasional big walk, play time in the house and garden, praise and treats - the standard for a pup. When she sleeps during the day, she prefers to lie down on the living room floor but I started moving her into the crate today when she did that - one time she stayed, the other she got out and went back to the floor.
We get she’ll be up every couple of hours anyway for potty which is fine - just wish it would be a yelp, go down, let out, go back to sleep but the last bit is another 10 minutes of yelping because she’s been left. I’m ultimately looking for tips on how to make sure she doesn’t yelp every time she’s left - especially at night. I completely understand she’s young so it’s expected but I’m looking for advice on what you guys did in your first few nights. Any undiscovered tricks which helped yours feel at ease etc?
Thanks a lot in advance for your help!