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01 June 2009 @ 07:24 pm
whiny pup  
We've had petey since friday and we expected him to be whiny in his crate at night, but it's like he is not sleeping at all.  We finally had to move the crate to another room so we could get some sleep.  We've tried putting toys in there with him, we've got a blanket in there, and we cover the top with another blanket, this is exactly the same thing we did with Molly.  But Petey STILL whines, ALL night long and all day long.  He apparently whined so much today while we were at work he is horse when he barks :(  ANY suggestions?  We evenried covering the crate with a shirt that my husband wore so it'd smell like a human, nope didn't work.  
Nancy: Stella Bella Blue - puppy 001 (7.5 weeksthebabynancy on June 2nd, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Some advice from the internets:

Pet Place
Long Live Your Dog
Dog Problem Solutions

Hope that helps! :)
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on June 2nd, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
have you tried lying next to the crate with your hand in it? i did this the first night i had jim at my house and he didn't cry after that.
pandemoniumcheekydevil on June 2nd, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Our 2 1/2 year old Bruno did exactly that when we got him too - he whined ALLLLLLL night for over a week and then slowly calmed down. It took him quite awhile before he got used to sleeping alone in the dark and eventually slept through the night uninterrupted.

One thing I did notice is that if it was pitch black it kind of freaked him out more than if there was some dim lighting, like if there is a night light on in the room. Bruno sleeps in a crate in our kitchen, so I would just leave the light on from the fridge around the corner, and that definitely seemed to help.

Dogs also love routine, so getting up and letting him out at the same time each morning also helps the pooches sleep easier, since they start to understand the drill a lot faster when it's consistent and regular.

Bruno is a totally well-adjusted little dog, super friendly, not clingy, not whiny (unless he wants you to play with him!) ... it'll pass with your guy too, though I'm sure it's nerve-shattering at the moment!!