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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by ElizabethB76, Jan 9, 2021.


  1. ElizabethB76

    ElizabethB76 PetForums Newbie

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    Just got a 8 week old springer pup and wondering if anyone has any advice on how to get him to settle at night? He’s sleeping in a crate in the kitchen at nights.
    Any advice gratefully appreciated!
     
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    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    Can we take it then that he is not settling?

    What does he do, what do you do?

    Is he OK with his crate in daytime or are there two issues, the sleeping and the crate?
     
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    ElizabethB76 PetForums Newbie

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    He doesn’t really like the crate but will settle if someone is sitting next to it. Have tried leaving him for short spells (5mins) and then go get him. He sleeps without any issues in sitting room with us all.
     
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    So, sorry for more questions, but at night time, you want him to sleep in the crate but he only settles if someone is next to it? So where is he sleeping at the moment?
     
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    He’s missing mum and siblings, is in a new and strange place and very likely feeling anxious and cold.

    I would have him close to me at night. We’ve always snuggled pups and kittens in with us until they’ve settled, then gradually wean them off to sleep in their own beds.

    I’ve never used a crate, but it needs to be introduced gradually and in a way that doesn’t cause anxiety.

    If he’s settling in it with someone close by then have his crate by your bed (raised up if necessary) or sleep on an air bed or the sofa next to him.
     
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