We have had our Bichon for 5 nights and got him at eight weeks old. On the first day our 12 year old daughter was not home and it was just my wife and me at home. Things seemed to go well, he accepted his crate and was happy enough walking in and out of it and even had a little nap in there. We put him down for bed time at 9pm after a toilet. His crate is in the kitchen in a pen, we left the door to the crate open and a pad and bowl of water for him. He didn't do too bad first night, barked for about an hour and then again for about 30mins at 4am then at 6am when we got up to him. He had toileted on the pad. We have stuck to the same routine every night however he is sleeping worse now than before. Last night he barked and cried for about an hour then three or four times during the night. And was awake at 5.30am, he is very clingy first thing and is becoming increasingly hard to leave even for a few seconds. Are we being too soft on him during the day? Is this lenght of time normal? Are we expecting too much too early? I don't want to have to move him upstairs or be getting up in the night. I have read so many sites and books and they are all so conflicting in opions! What next?