I think this is what we will do Gingerstuff. I don't want to create a monster, but she seriously is just a baby that's been separated from her mum and siblings 2 days ago. We'll ease her off the bed gradually. She only had 2 hours last night!
She IS ridiculously cute We've had a fair few pups (and a whole litter last summer). What's always worked for us is giving pup a few days/nights to settle in...pandering to them if need be with cuddles....it's a big shock for them leaving the comfort of mum and siblings. After a few days starting a stricter routine of leaving to cry for a bit longer each time. When our first goldie was a puppy and we brought him home, I had to lie with my hand over the edge of the bed the first couple of nights and let him sook my pinkie through the bars of his puppy cage
We got our lab puppy a year ago and she did the piteous yowling for a few days. She would also yowl to get out for a wee in the night. Eventually she got used to being on her own. After the first few weeks of cuddles, lifting her and general mollycoddling she turned into the puppy from hell. She terrorised the whole family with nipping and lunging at us. When we took her to puppy socialisation classes we were told we had been babying her and getting into all sorts of bad habits with her. My advice would be to start as you mean to go on and be firm (but kind and gentle obviously). She is one very, very cute puppy though.
Thanks Lilcamper, that thread was very helpful. I don't think we set it up wrong. I think she may end up having bed cuddles if she's upset for the first few nights and we'll take it from there. I can't bear the crying.
Oh dear. When we had SockDog he cried for the first three nights
On the fourth day, I had to go back to work, so I had arranged for him to go to a dog walker's house during the day. Bit like doggy day care. I know it sounds precious but we were out all day so it was the only way we could have a pup.
Anyway, he was so tired that night he slept right through, no problems. Maybe I would try keeping him awake a little bit more during the day so he sleeps better at night.
So, puppy is now here. She is beyond cute and seems to spend most of the day burrowing into our chests and sleeping. She's such a baby, all thoughts of being any kind of strict are out the window. She hasn't had a single accident yet! Anyway, last night, I set her up in the cat carrier with soft bedding, a hot water bottle with a piece of her kennel blanket wrapped around it. I made a raised surface so that she was level with my daughter's head and could see her. She slept like this until 1.30am, and then began the most piteous yelping. My daughter took her out but she didn't need the loo, then put a reassuring hand in the carrier, and eventually after an hour put her in bed with her. Yelping stopped, she slept through till morning.
What were we supposed to do?
I have put photos of her on my photo gallery thingy, can anyone see them. I am a newbie and may be doing it wrong.