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Old 02-23-2008, 09:12 AM   #1
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Default Puppy cries so hard he vomits.

I got a new puppy, Oliver, about a week ago. I suppose he would be nine weeks old by now. The first day or two I thought he was an angel because I had him in his crate and he didn't cry at all, he just laid down and fell asleep.

That has since changed. At first I had his crate up on my bed with me, facing me, so he wouldn't feel alone while he slept. Now, as soon as the door closes on the crate, he cries and barks. I can't leave the door open on his crate or he comes out and bites my face and hair wanting to play, and I have to sleep because I'm still a college student.

So basically, when the door is closed on the crate, he cries so loudly I can't sleep, and when the door is open he comes out and wants to play and I can't sleep. I'm also very apprehensive to leave him out of his cage on my bed because it's a king size, thus there's ample room for him to walk around and chew on my bedding, pee, ect. I've set down pee pads for him and he does very well with them, but he misses sometimes so I'd rather not leave him on my bed all night. It's also a very high bed and I'm afraid he'll fall and hurt himself.

A few nights ago, I thought to put him in the guest room in his crate so I couldn't hear him, figuring he'd eventually cry himself to sleep. What actually happened, is he cried and barked so hard that he vomited in his crate.

I've also tried leaving him out of his crate in the guest room, but I'd rather that not continue because there are wires and cords that we really can't puppy-proof at this time (it functions as a computer room) and I don't want him to ruin the equipment or worse, electrocute himself. And he still cries in there anyway, though the vomiting seems to have ceased.

Note: He was not sick at the time. The vomiting happened on three separate occasions, all of which when he was confined to his crate crying. Once I was in the shower, twice happened at night. He still wanted to eat, so I don't think he was nauseous.

I've tried everything I can think of and it seems that my options are exhausted. He cries when I leave him on the floor of my room at night because he wants to play, but when I bring him up on the bed he whines and bites me until I play with him. He cries in another room. He will vomit if I put him in his cage.

I feel way too guilty leaving him by himself in another room all night. I also feel guilty putting him in his cage because he seems to have a very unusual reaction to it. Letting him cry himself to sleep doesn't seem to work as it should. I've tried exhausting him before bed, and it helps when I first put him away for the night, but he still wakes up a few hours later and I can't play with him for an hour or take him out for a run at 3 in the morning.

Also, his sleep schedule seems to be messed up. He is currently, and has been for the past hour or so, sleeping on my lap. He sleeps more in the daytime than at night. I'm going to try keeping him awake all day so that maybe his sleep schedule might reverse but if it doesn't work, I'm out of options and I have no idea what to do with this dog.

My grandmother (with whom I live) is about to make me re-sell him. I'm far too attached at this point and I've been begging for a puppy for years and I really need to figure out what to do with him. He's been so good in every other sense. He has a great temperament, he's adorable, we haven't had any problems with our other dogs, ect. I just need him to sleep at night.

I realize that was probably nearing incoherent. I'm just typing as I think of the details, please help.
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:53 AM   #2
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Try not to let him sleep close to bedtime. He's a puppy so he will need to sleep during the day but keep him up and wear him out before bed.

Gus hated the crate so I bought an xpen that is right next to my bed. He still cried but did much better than in the crate.
If you stick with the crate, keeping it on the same level as you is a good idea. They like to know you are near.
In the crate, xpen or bed, you must be firm. When he cries (except for when he needs to go out) tell him no and ignore him. I know they can cry a long time but it will never end if he knows crying sometimes gets a response (negative or positive).

Also, try putting something (sweatshirt or blanket) with your smell on it in the crate with him.

Just like babies, some puppies are just little stinkers (Gus was the worst ever!! lol) when it comes to sleep but he will start getting better and better.

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Its really hard when you need sleep. I'm a firm believer in ignoring the bad actions. But sounds like it might be hard to do in your case. All of the dogs I have crate trained, I would put them in our room in the crate. They would whine, I would give a very stern "NO!!" and ignore as long as I could take it. Usually within a week they are good. Sorry I don't have better advice. Maybe try the Xpen like someone else said?

He will get used to it in time.

Also you might try rewarding if you ever dont hear any noise for a little while. Give him a treat praise him...
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You need to wear that baby out before crating him - he's lonely and wants to be with you - I didn't crate mine so I'm NO expert but try playing with him and tucker him out then put him in his little sleeping place -

They can break our hearts being so pitiful - I know I caved with my girls and they slept with me from day one - but I don't advise it. I'm a very light sleeper and never had a problem but it's not a good idea for those who sleep HARD.
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If you can stick the crate problem out you will be so happy that you did. The first few nights that I got Buddy he cried when I put him in his crate (I put him in a room where I could not hear him...otherwise, I would of gotten him out because I felt bad for him). I PROMISE it gets better!!! They learn sooooo quickly that if they cry you will come get them!!! Don't go get your furbaby when he cries.... when you do go get him it is like you have to start all over again!!! It is called "tough love"!!!!
I just got another new furbaby this week....she too cried the first night when I put her in the crate but I ignored her...she only cried for a few minutes. Since that night she has not cried once when I put her to bed at night!!!!
Keep trying....I promise it will get better!!!
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i have no answers for you b/c all 4 of mine sleep in the bed with my husband and me. i feel for you. it must be very hard.
i hope everything works out for you
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try not responding at all to him when he is in the crate unless he is quiet. even if its for a few seconds.. then you can let him out or respond to him... try this for a few days... eventually he will associate being quiet with getting what he wants and he will STAY quiet and wait for you
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I also am one of those that never crated and probably should have, simply because mine will not be use to it if I should ever have to.

Seems like years ago, I heard if you put an old fashioned ticking clock in the room with them, the steady rhythm of that sound will lull them to sleep. Or what about a radio playing soft music, maybe some sound would keep him company....in the other room of course, otherwise the noise would keep you awake.
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At nine weeks he is still very young. I would just continue to play with him before bed, try to keep him awake. Do you have a night light? He may be afraid of the dark. I would also invest in an xpen where he can run about & play during the day while you are at school. That way he won't be sleeping all day. You can put a pee pad, bed, toys and food and water in there for him.

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I brought my baby home 4 weeks ago. She cried when I put her to bed in the crate next to my bed. I very lovingly said, "no, go night night" (yes, I talk baby talk to my baby). My soft voice seemed to calm her.

We also have a major play session with Trixie before bedtime. It's just the typical family time with her, so she has 5 people and a Westie playing ball and tug for an hour or so. She doesn't look like she's worn out yet, but is happy when I put her in her crate now. You are also probably already doing this, but make sure she has gone outside to relieve herself just before you put her in her crate.

Be consistent, and stop leaving the door open for her. Just like a kid, she will know how to train YOU! Be careful how you reward her...only good behavior, and a kind "no" for the bad stuff.

Give it more time. Reassure your grandmother that this will all pass and you're on it with the training.

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