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    Unhappy Crying Puppy

    I have a new puppy - jack russell x tenterfield (mini fox terrier). She is 9 weeks old and tiny. Absolutely loves people and company.

    Now I have brought her to my house, she is crying LOUDLY all night long and cries when she cant see me during the day. I have to work and am worried about her during the day....

    I cant stand her crying at night, it is so hard. I just want to comfort her....I am really struggling as I feel like I am a terrible mum....

    She has the radio on, 2 beds and blankets, lots of toys, a clock, water, food etc available, has the kitchen and laundry to roam around...

    I am getting quite sad hearing her cry all night and miss me so much during the day.
    Any help would be great! I am finding it really difficult!!!
    Thanks in anticipation.

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    It sounds like you are doing all the right things and your pup just might need longer to settle.
    And the other thing you can do is place her in crate ( if you have one) as it will help the littly feel a bit more secure .

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    Crate training the puppy would be a god-send, and offer a feeling of safety as Choppa has stated above.

    Whatever you do, do NOT cave in and start attending to her when she is barking/whining etc.

    It could also help that when you ARE home, toseparate yourself from her for tiny intervals. Only when she quietens down, go back with her and praise her. Consistency is the key. Good luck.

    Also, you are the puppy's owner and lifelong companion - do not try and be it's mother.

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    We had the same problem with Jenna when we got her. My previous puppy hardly made a sound at night from day 1 so I was a bit shocked when I heard the noises coming from the laundry the first night we got Jenna. Scary stuff - sounding like she was being murdered

    Now I know there are those who would say bring her into your bedroom, she's a tiny puppy and needs your company but I have never been a fan of having my dogs in my room so I did persevere with ignoring her. I would take her for toileting in the night but then straight back in her crate. It was a very difficult time and took longer than I thought it would for her to settle down, probably 3-4 weeks (yes I was a walking zombie), and I was about to give up and bring her into my room. Then all of a sudden she settled without hardly a murmur and now (she's 6 months) she trots off to her crate every night with her stuffed toy in her mouth and goes straight to bed. We always give her a little treat as she goes in her crate and we don't hear from her until about 7am.

    Good luck and I would invest in some good quality ear plugs!
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    Thanks everyone. That advice is really helpful and nice to hear that for support! It really is tough and I must say I have caved in a few times so you have all given me the motivation to persevere and become a 'walking zombie' for a few weeks.
    Dad thinks Im creating a 'monster' but I will try my best to persevere and hope that her attachment decreases. agh!
    Thanks everyone again! Very helpful!
    Any new puppy advice is greatly appreciated

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    Think about it this way, she's used to cuddling up with her mum and litter mates at night for warmth etc. Our dogs sleep in our room, Mia had her crate in there from day one. We took her out last thing, and then we'd put her in her crate and she went to sleep. It did take a couple of nights, but I think having Jack and Molly there helped her, coz she didn't go from her litter to nothing, she moved straight into another pack.

    I purchased a "snuggle puppy" on ebay for Mia, she still carries him around with her now at times lol, you can try giving your pup a pigs ear or something when you put her to bed. Ummm.... trying to think what else.

    I'd need others to confirm this, but could she have too much space? I'm guessing she's a pretty little pup, and just thinking back to Mia when she was a baby, the kitchen and laundry would have been huge to her, and I bet she was way bigger. Maybe she's feeling a lil out of her depth?

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    Tend to agree with Goodiesgirl about the space idea. Get a crate, it really does help a young puppy to feel more secure. Kind of like a baby IYKWIM.

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