The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
What works best for me, is the crate beside my bed at night.
I pick up the water around 9 pm (never water in the crate) and go to bed myself between 10 and 11 pm. I always crate my puppy last thing before I tuck under the covers myself and I give her some type of chewy, treat filled kong, nylabone, or whatever I know will entertain her for a few minutes in the crate. Then I usually read for awhile and then turn off the light and go to sleep.
I also set my alarm for 3 am. As long as I KNOW she didn't have access to water for awhile before crating. And I KNOW she went out and pee'd right before bedtime. Then all my puppies have made it 4 hours in the crate with no accident.
This way I don't get up and let her out all thru the night if she's whining. Cause that will teach her that I am extremely bendable to her will get up constantly at her biding all night long. If it's before my 'middle of the night alarm' going off, then I just put my fingers in the crate, or tap on the top with a 'no', or just put those earplugs in AND IGNORE HER.
Unless she's sick, all bet are off if there is diarrhea in the mix!
Other thing is to really make sure my puppy is tired at night when it is bedtime. That way there may be fussing and complaining, but then they just nod off from exhaustion. So playing with them, taking them places, visiting safe people/dogs and getting a good start on socialization all make bedtime so much better for everyone!
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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