We have had our new puppy since Saturday. He's lovely and sweet and hard work obviously.
I need some help with crate training. On the advice of our breeder and friends with well behaved dogs and specifically close friends with a Vizsla (our puppys sister from a previous litter) we decided to do the 'tough it out at night' method. We don't want him upstairs.
Well, I have hardly slept since Saturday and desperately unsure what's the right thing to do.
First night we did go down to him but he wanted to play at 1.30pm, DH not impressed, ended up soothing him to sleep so bad move. The night after he got out as DD hadn't shut the bottom latch and pooed all over the floor then slept on my coat. Monday night was tough. Last night, he was super tired as he had been over with our friends Vizsla playing (they live over the road). Went to bed at 9.30pm (couldn't keep him awake). We woke at 11pm and cried for 90 minutes, then woke on and off all night but cried for 10-15 minutes. I got up with him at 5.15am as he was quiet then and I didn't want him to be crying when we went down. he hadn't wee'd or pooed.
Big play session, food etc, toilet etc now he's howling in his crate.
Been out for an hour to do some chores and he's still howling, although think he did have a sleep.
I am so tired and confused about what to do. My house is a tip, I can't get any work done, confused as to how often to play with him etc etc. I have even got angry with him and shouted, which I am ashamed of.
Please don't flame me, I am so tired and down, I don't even feel like I even like him........
I need him to be crate trained so i can go out etc.
We are all bonded! DH slept downstairs with him last night, not a peep from him and is completely on board, loves him to pieces. That was half the battle tbh, feeling the guilt of bringing him into the house. And being knackered!!!
DH alarm went off at 5.15am which woke him but he sat in his crate chewing. Toilet break, small cuddle with DH and he's asleep on DH's sleeping bag. DH can't wait for the weekend to be with him. He just needed a few days to accept the changes.
I love him more each time I look at him.
You guys are right, I always want to do it the 'right' way, but the right way is what's right for us, I realise that now.
I also left him for 40 mins last night and went to our friends for a drink, he didn't seem to mind.
Just want to voice my appreciation for those who posted understanding messages and advice, I needed to hear it yesterday!
I'm really pleased for you. You see, it's going to be ok. Relax and have fun, puppies are amazingly good fun. Stroppy, rebellious adolescent dogs who forget everything you ever taught them, however are not so much fun.
doublmocha - glad to hear it! If u are anything like me you will still have moments of doubt and anxiety - mine is based on leaving him in his crate while i pop out, I constantly feel as ifbi am racing against the clock and I hate that!
doublemocha SO pleased to read your post earlier today. How nice of DH to sleep downstairs with him, as he's not been feeling as his best recently himself, and how great that he feels more positive about it all now. How lovely it must have been to get a decent night's sleep! Really glad for you and fingers crossed for another quiet night Don't forget some of this