Your Puppy’s First Night
Your puppy has been with his littermates in a puppy play pen, however, he probably hasn't slept in a crate. The puppy playpen is very similar to a crate except for the absence of his littermates. It is a good idea to let him sleep in his crate and follow the issues prescribed in the Crate Training Article. This is for the puppy’s protection and your peace of mind. If he is whining or barking when he should be sleeping, he may quiet down on his own if left alone.
Sometimes a puppy will
miss the warmth and companionship of his mother or siblings. Leaving a radio on
near the puppy might help. Also, a loud ticking clock nearby will sometimes
help the puppy through those first few nights. Ideally, in your bedroom,
next to your bed is the best place for the puppy.
Please do not isolate the puppy as this only makes it worse to teach him to be alone in the future. The best method for preventing night trauma is to put the puppy in a crate and allow him to sleep in your bedroom. If he starts to whine and becomes restless, a tap on the top of the crate with a gentle “NO” or “QUIET” works well. This works because the puppy wants the security of being with you. In the long run, you’ll get more sleep if you follow this suggestion.
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2001 - 2008 by Margo Carter, McNeil Labradors, All Rights Reserved.
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