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Old 03-07-2012, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'll be bringing home a 9 week old mini poodle pup on Monday and I'm curious what folks' experiences the first few nights were like. (I've had dogs before -- toy poodles specifically -- but I was a useless kid and my mom dealt with the actual necessities of life, like waking up in the middle of the night to let puppy poop.)

That's actually the part I'm most curious about, the overnight, and how you handled the popping and peeing. I'm a sound sleeper (I have slept through earthquakes, and not small ones) so I'm not sure the crate route will work for me, unless I set an alarm to wake up frequently to check if puppy needs to go, which sounds like such a pain. I actually had to do that a few times when my mom was sick and puppy just falls asleep outside with his head on your shoe.

But I'm curious about everything, so anything folks want to share I'd love to hear. I don't think I'm getting home til late afternoon so I won't have much time to do anything to ease puppy's scary first night in a new place without his siblings I don't think, like getting him used to his crate.

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Blueray case on there for size comparison. $29.99!! Costco is so awesome. I just hope puppy isn't frightened out of his wits by a 52" teddy bear.
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My 10 week old puppy was already crate-trained.

He cried on and off for a few minutes and then settled down to go to sleep the first night. After the first few nights he didn't cry at all.

I also didn't take him out in the middle of the night. Just when I went to bed and first thing in the morning. His breeder said I wouldn't have to, and she was right.
I think he's in the minority for young puppies in that respect, though.
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I tried a crate - Poppy cried inside it, and Sophy cried outside it because Poppy was crying inside it ... After a night or two I gave up and she joined us on the bed. I slept with one ear open for wriggling, and took her out as soon as she woke up, whether that was in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning (5am first thing!). If you doubt your ability to wake up, set an alarm.
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I've been known to sleep through tornados and hurricanes I brought her home in a soft sided carry bag that had an old shirt that mom & litter mates played on. Put her in at bed time, put that on my bedby my pillow. She cried at 0 dark hundred, out we went. That went on for a week or so. Now she still sleeps by my pillow, no crate.
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Ours cried a lot in his crate, but we didn't get him up in the middle of the night...he didn't make a mess. We did sleep next to the crate for a couple days, though, which seemed to help until he got used to the crate. Our breeder told us to pick up his water 45 minutes before bedtime and make sure he went outside right before he went in his crate, and that seemed to work.
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Do some of you guys not have to wake up during the night at all with your pups? Even past the first night they don't wake up to go poop/pee? That would be fantastic. But I thought puppies that age do have to go during the night.

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I've been known to sleep through tornados and hurricanes I brought her home in a soft sided carry bag that had an old shirt that mom & litter mates played on. Put her in at bed time, put that on my bedby my pillow. She cried at 0 dark hundred, out we went. That went on for a week or so. Now she still sleeps by my pillow, no crate.
I actually had that very same idea! We must be great minds?? But yeah I might do what you did, I figure a puppy screaming next to my head must be the same thing as an alarm right?
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I'm not a light sleeper, so I'm not much goos to you there. The large and older the pup, the longer s/he can go without 'going.' An alarm set for every three to four hours the first night may be a good idea.

Since you're not getting the puppy until Monday, does the breeder live close to you? Could you bring an old unwashed tee shirt or even your used pillow case and the crate the pup will be using so the breeder can accustom the pup to it ovr the weekend for you?

Honestly, with the exception of my Boder Collies, my toy poodles were the easiest to house train of all my dogs over the years. Although, on days I will be working late, I lave a potty pad in the master bath for Bug. (I can't always leave work on time, I work in trauma center. I'm not sure why, but the bosses frown upon us leaving patients just to go home to let the dogs out. lol)

Maybe over the weekend, you can start setting your alarm and getting used to getting up, too.

Can't wait to see pictures of your new baby! Monday will seem sooooo far away.
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I just brought my dog Enzo, a spoo, home a week ago at 8 weeks. I put him in a crate in my room. I was getting up at 2am and 6am to give my daughter medicine. So he cried for 2 minutes when I put him to bed and woke up when I got up at 2am. I was so tired that I lay down guiltily thinking I needed to get him up but I fell asleep and he slept until the 6am alarm. That has pretty much continued. He hears me at 2 but is willing to sleep until I get up at 6-7. He might whimper for 30 seconds. However twice he woke for other reasons at 3am and I took him out. Then he thought I should stay up and start our day. He went back to sleep after complaining for a few minutes. So at 9 weeks he sleeps from around 8:30 until 7:00 with no problem. His crate is always clean and he goes to the bathroom as soon as I take him out. He is pretty amazing. Today we had a nurse come out so I put him in his crate so we could talk. Even though it was not his nap time, he quietly settled in his crate until I let him out. This morning I heard him stirring around 6:30 but he stayed in his crate quietly until I got up at 7:00. I have never had a poodle before and I am just amazed by how well he is doing.
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So at 9 weeks he sleeps from around 8:30 until 7:00 with no problem.
Holy smokes that would be stellar if this mini were like that. Is that normal though? Most dogs can't do that right?

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Honestly, with the exception of my Boder Collies, my toy poodles were the easiest to house train of all my dogs over the years.
Our toys were the same, they seemed to train themselves. They pretty much never had accidents inside the house, like count on one hand over lifetime. Sometimes they'd have to go so bad they'd be standing there by the kitchen door shaking and then they'd pee the instant they got out the door, but dang those girls would hold it like champs. Once my friend's cocker pee'd in our house and I swear to god our oldest toy looked outraged.

I really hope this mini will be as clever as the toys I had. Not as b*tchy tho lol. Our toys, there were things they did not like and they would let you know.

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Can't wait to see pictures of your new baby! Monday will seem sooooo far away.
Lol I already bought a new camera. One thing that gives me a huge guilt trip is that I have so few pix of my toys. This time I'm determined to take lots of pix. But I take such crappy pix. AgilityIG, now there's a stellar photog, I wish I could take pictures like that.
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We totally lucked out with Jasper. At 8 1/2 weeks, he was used to being in a crate already, he only ever had to go out once in the middle of the night the first night, and never since, and he only whimpered a few times. I was anticipating much, much worse!
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