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Hi everyone... I have already mentioned this in another forum but thought it was best in this one.

Gracie is our nearly 9 week old puppy. This is the 5th night we have had her home with us. She has settled in well, and seems happy with her new family. However, we are having trouble at night. She just whines and howls near enough the whole night. She has a crate and a play pen which we put her into at night. This is situated in our dining room as we have no other small rooms downstairs for her to go. It is a warm room, we leave the radio on for her and plenty of toys, water and dry food. We put down newspaper for her to do her business on in the play pen which so far she has got the hang of and leave the crate door open. She also has a cuddly toy and hot water bottle in there. We tire her out before bedtime and let her outside to the toilet.

I read about putting her in her crate during the day to get her used to it but again she whines and howls and because the dining room is right next to our living room (with no door) we have nowhere to escape the noise. We have a 19 month old daughter who gets very distressed when she hears Gracie in this state. Last night I had to come downstairs at 4am and stay down as Gracie had woken our daughter up and upset her. My partner stayed upstairs trying to settle our little girl. It was a total nightmare!

I understand that Gracie is just a baby and is anxious about her new surroundings but during the day she seems fine. I even left her on her own today while i went to the supermarket for a couple of hours. I heard her whine as i walked out of the door but on my return i peeped through the door and saw that she had pushed the play pen out of the way and had gotten into the living room where she was fast asleep on my slippers. So by witnessing that I know that she is able to settle herself quietly in a comfortable place.

She has just fallen asleep this evening on the living room floor by my feet so my partner has moved the cage into the living room where she is able to see us and we have placed her in there. For the first time ever she has stayed in there and is still sleeping..........????? Obviously we can not leave her in the living room at night when we are in bed with the crate door open as we have carpet and furniture.

I just don't know what else to do can anyone help.......????
 

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Well....... we decided to leave Gracie in the crate with the door shut in the living room last night instead of the dining room....... and it worked! We didn't hear a peep!!! Not until i got up at 6.30am! In fact because she was so quiet my partner didn't wake to let her out at 2.30am :( not good I know but after the sleepless nights we have been having we were obviously very tired. Anyway our good little puppy only did a wee in the crate but considering she went from midnight to 6.30am without being let out I think thats fab! She waited and did her poo when I let her out in the garden this morning. I am so proud of her! She obviously just didn't like being in the dining room?! We will carry on doing this from now on.... but we will wake with the alarm to let her out at 2am.

What age do you think she'll be able to go all night roughly????
 
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