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Feeling Like a Bad Mom

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Clark is nearly 10 months old.
He is displaying some unusual behavior which can be attributed to adolescence.
He has started crying in his crate at night and he has also been pooping in the house.

Prior to this point in Clark's life, he stopped eliminating in the house when we began to teach him to go outside. He also did not cry in his crate at all.

I was thinking that perhaps Clark needs more exercise. The only problem is that the weather has been extremely hot recently. Our vet has warned us about outdoor exercise due to Clark's tiny size of 3.8. We have also been advised to wait until Clark is 1 years old before fixing him because he is so little. He isn't marking or humping so waiting has not been an issue so far.

I feel like such a bad mom. I was so smug because I had a practically perfect puppy and now he's acting up. Maybe it's because I have never had a dog before so I am making stupid mistakes. Help!
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Thanks for the kind words! I feel like I'm doing something wrong.

Today I let Clark outside twice instead of just once after he ate.
He pooped outside! I gave him a treat.

Now he's curled up and sleeping. The heat makes him very tired even though I'm careful not to keep him outside for a long time.

When Clark cries in his crate, we ignore it unless the crying is very insistent. At that point, we let Clark curl up next to us and he usually falls asleep. At that point, we put him back in his crate and he goes right to bed.
 

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AH- success with potty training! That was fast, good work.

About the crate though....that little, 3lb Clark has got you figured right out. When the whining gets insistent is exactly when you have to ignore it. Otherwise, you’re sending a huge, very clear message that insistent whining will get him exactly what he wants- a trip out of the crate and into the coveted space in the big bed.

Now, at ten months, if he’s reliably housebroken (at least at night), you may decide to let him sleep with you. That’s up to you. But if you want him to be in the crate, make sure you’re sending him consistent messages.

Consistency is huge in dog training, and not always easy, and these poodle can wrap you right around their little curls!
You're right! We are letting Clark play us for fools.
I think it's because we're not used to hearing him cry at night. Clark is completely potty trained at night and until recently, I thought he was completely trained but he is being a teenage butt. :D
 
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