We have a 12 week old puppy. We thought we had nailed the bedtime routine within the first week of having Alfie. At the start of the second week, he went downhill. We use a crate for him which is open and he has the run of the lounge and kitchen on a night. It's difficult getting him to do his business before bed no matter how hard we try. I have stood out there 10 mins before now just stood............waiting telling him to "BE QUICK" which is his command for toilet. If we get anything out of him which does happen most of the time, it just takes a while, we then put him to bed with a few nibbles (training treats). Within minutes of us closing the door and putting the alarm he's crying which he never did in the first week. This doesn't happen all the time but what does happen all the time is around 4.30-5.00 he starts howling and crying which to me means toilet is needed. So, we wait for him to stop for a minute or so, get up to find all his toilet business is on the puppy pads (which is great) but also on the kitchen floor (not great). We let him out and he thinks it's playtime. I say to him, "BE QUICK" which he ignores and dashes around like he's ready for what I call, 'the mad half hour'. When he doesn't I get him inside and put him away in his cage. I would normally go back to bed but I can't be done with the crying again so I've stayed up.....much to my heads disappointment. Please help someone, I need to get Alfie to stop crying, it's driving us BARMY!!! Thanks. Dan.