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Hello All,

We picked up our cockapoo puppy, Darcy, on Thursday last week. We've read books upon books about puppies and what to do etc and felt quite prepared...

or so we thought...

Darcy is 9 weeks on Wednesday, we got him a crate to crate train him and need some advice. We have had him sleeping in our room from the first night. Tried him on his own in the kitchen Sunday night and it was a disaster, while he didn't cry ALL night he was quite distressed when we got up and he'd gone potty in his crate. So last night we put him back into our room and he settled great, a little whine but soon settled down, up for his midnight potty and then slept till Mr H got up at 7:15 as he had to go into work and then we slept till 9:45 this morning.

He's in his crate now for his nap and he is no bother at all, has started going into his crate of his own accord and is coming along nicely at going outside for potty. We rarely have an accident in the house.

I just need advice on getting him to spend time on his own and how to start thinking about him sleeping on his own downstairs. We've read so many different opinions on what to do and are totally confused. Also I'm conscious that I don't want him barking while we're out and upsetting the neighbours. We're on holiday for two weeks with him to get him settled in.

Should he stay in our room longer, how do we get him to not cry when we're not there. I know he's still young but we don't want him to start out on the wrong foot as we want him to be a happy puppy

Thanks all...any advice would be greatly appreciated. Here's a pic of the wee man too

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its a little and often thing, remember he has just come away from sleeping with his litter he has never been on his own. he will naturaly want to spend time with you. just work with what you think is best, our Delta is still bouncing between my room and my mums room. we cant pop her in the crate yet as the other three still arent 100% comfertable with her yet, still got some growling.

as for the toilet in the crate, what time was last feed, did he poo before bed, did you get up at any point to let him out for the tpoilet during the night.
 

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A trick I used was to wait until he was asleep then sneak out without him seeing me and he would be quiet. Some times you also just have to ignore them and in a few days hell be quiet.
 

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thanks all...he is being a monster this morning. We kept him in our room last night and he slept till his early morning wee at 3:30 then out again at 7:00. Since then though he's being a terror. He won't settle, put him in the kitchen with his crate because he can't keep his eyes open and he just starts crying all the time. Let him out to play and he's plays too rough so needs time out but then cries again.

How did you all find getting yours to settle on their own. I constantly feel like I'm doing it wrong :(
 

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Our cockapoo pup plays pretty rough ! And he also gets very little sleep during the day as he is so curious about everything. Ours just wants loads of attention and gets it !! Its a puppy thing :)
We've had ours a couple of weeks now and I have to say he is much harder work than other pups we have had before, probably due to the intelligence ! He goes off now to the corner of the living room for a nap on his own now though so its just a case of being patient.

We dont use a crate... we take him up to bed with us at night and he sleeps in his doggy bed on the floor next to me. We also have puppy pads on the floor just in case. He settles well, sleeps like a log and he is just starting to stay dry and poop free over night. He is 9 weeks
 

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we never bothered with a crete, wispa sleeps in our room in her own bed untill the alarm goes off and then she come in the bed for a cuddle before we get up! :) as for leaving him on his own its a case of building the time up over weeks and finding a place he likes best, i found wispa likes to look out of the window so she can see when im home.wispa will be 1 year old in october, where did the time go?! good luck and enjoy him puppies grow up too fast, just make sure you're boss! :D
 

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Welcome! Darcy is adorable!! :D Don't put yourself down and think that what you're doing is wrong, he's a puppy & is still learning! & You know that you're trying to do what's best for him!! :) I can't really help with the crate training though... When we adopted Cocoa, he was already crate-trained and was fine, so I don't have any experience with that :/ but it seems like a lot of other people have some good advise!! :) As for him playing too rough, if you get him to learn the "no" command, then it gets a lot easier. Cocoa likes to play rough sometimes, but whenever we give him a stern "no," he knows to stop. It will all get easier with time :)
 
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