I know we have some dog lovers here that can help me with my dilemma. It’s been 10 years since I’ve had a puppy in the house. We brought Stella home Friday and she is driving DH nuts! She doesn’t sleep much at night.
We started out by putting up a baby gate to keep her in the kitchen with a dog bed for the first 2 nights. She’d wake me up with her crying so I would take her outside. After she peed and went back inside and I went to bed, she’d keep crying/whining. Last night we put her in a dog crate, thinking she wanted a more secure feeling space. Pretty much the same amount of crying. We’ve tried ignoring the crying, but our bedroom is right next to the kitchen. And she cries loud and loooooong. And DH is afraid she’ll wake the kids. And it’s hard to hear her cry!
We have talked about it and definitely don’t want her sleeping in our bed. But DH is already starting to crack. He thinks if we put her dog bed on our bed and then slowly wean her to sleeping in the kitchen, she’ll be fine. I think then basically she’s starting sleeping in our bed. He’s even slept with her on the couch. She’s never going to learn to sleep on her own at this rate.
How long does a puppy take to sleep on her own? She’s only 6 weeks.
Would it be better if the dog kennel was in our bedroom with us?
Do we have a yawn icon?