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My 9 week old Labradoodle "Boodles" has been freaking out any time we put him in his room or his crate. I begged everyone for help in my post "Separation Anxiety - HELP!" Nothing I say does any good. He winds himself up and screams, cries, yelps, barks, and whimpers uncontrollably. In fact, the more I spoke to him (no matter what my tone) the worse he got.

Today I worked from home and he started to wind up when I put him in his room to eat his breakfast. Without a word I calmly put rocks into an aluminum can, and taped the top shut. When Boodles started to scream and bark I threw the can at the door without looking at him or saying anything. It startled him into silence. He then went to another door, the glass slider, and started barking uncontrollably. I threw (not hard) the can against the slider without directly looking at him or saying anything.

The first hour it took 5 times to quiet him. After letting him out for an hour, I put him back into his room. This time it only took 2 tosses at his door. Now, when I put him in his room and he starts to cry I just shake the can and he stops. He currently has been in his room for 2 hours and has been quiet the entire time! YAHOO!!! I'm going to let him out now to play with his kitties & mommy.

I hope this helps anyone who has been having the same problem as I have.
 

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That is great!

I can remember the first night my puppy slept through the night and didn't wake myself or my wife up. It was like we won the lottery! (the reason I can remember it so clearly is it was 2 nights ago ;))
 

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SureShot said:
That is great!

I can remember the first night my puppy slept through the night and didn't wake myself or my wife up. It was like we won the lottery! (the reason I can remember it so clearly is it was 2 nights ago ;))
So SureShot, please tell me how old he was two nights ago? I am getting a new pup on Wed. and that interests me greatly
 

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I think the sleeping through the night varies very much from pup to pup. When we got our Pacha (at 7 weeks old), she would sleep through the night from day one. She'd wine and cry when we first put her in her crate, but once she'd calm down and fall asleep, she'd be quiet until we got her out the next morning (or perhaps we're just very solid sleepers ;) )...

In any case - I just wanted to point out there's no "golden rule". Some puppies sleep through the night, some don't (for the parents under you - isn't it the same with newborn baby's?). What helps is to take the pup out right before going to sleep, no more water/food after that, and make sure he/she is tired - which isn't hard with puppies, they are always either hyper-active, or hyper-tired ;)
 

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bdbanddad, he is just over 13 weeks old. We got him on Saturday and his first sleep through the night was on Wednesday.

The problem is, we put him to bed at 10 and he gets us up at 5 - 5:30 by barking really REALLY loud :(

I'm not too sure if it's because he's hungry or has to go to the washroom. But he does both.

We actually tried something this morning. When he woke us up at 5:30 right on schedule, we took him out and then brought him and his doggie bed upstairs into our room. After a bit of smelling and walking around he actually went to sleep!
 

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Boodles slept through the night at 7 weeks old - 3 days after we got him. We would take his water away at 6pm and make him pee before bed. His crate is covered in blankets and right next to our bed so he only has to whimper a little to let us know he needs to go out. There are times he'll even come back in & sleep a couple hours longer! Good luck!
 
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