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    When toffee came home with us I warned all the neighbours and asked them to contact me if she was making noise and it was annoying them.Toffee was older than Max when she came home. I still keep toffee inside when I go to work and at night.
    Im sorry but i couldnt put a tiny little bubbha outside all night. Maybe Im a big softy but I even slept on the lounge a couple of nights with her cause she was upset.

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    A 6 week old puppy should not be alone..it should still be with it's littermates. I think it is amazing it only starts crying at 5.30am, what a good little pup.

    I suppose you might be in a rental and "no dogs inside" policy....That is very sad for the little one. Most dogs like to interact with their owners and be nearby.......If you do not like them loose indoors, crate-train the puppy, most dogs love their crates and at least be able to see their owners.

    I am a softy with puppies, I usually get mine at 9-10 weeks after heart/health checks and I always allow them near us at night. I do not have any dogs with any anxiety problems. Puppies are just too young to be suddenly left alone. I have often gone to sleep with a hand in with the pup in a box beside my bed. I just start my separation training when they are a little older

    I would also be very worried about complaining neighbours, so many things can happen to dogs with unfriendly neighbours. I would definitely not confront them, though I might try a discussion.

    There are special puppy warmrs that make a heart-beat type noise. I have never tried one, but it might help
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    I doubly endorse all above. Way to young to rip away from the litter at 6 weeks be we don't know the circumstances of why you got her so young.

    Also way to young to leave outside, especially a staffy and especially with temps dropping. If you absolutely insist that the dog is an outside dog then let her get up to 9 months to a year old and then transition her to outside. Ensure you buy her a decent warm jacket too.

    I say 9 to 12 months because I am thinking of your neighbours here. A young pup has limited, if any, experience of dark nights with strange noises and will bark at a leaf dropping, or a possum scratching, or a cat moving, or anything that startles her or catches her attention. Whineing at 5 am pales into insignificance with a dog barking at a possum at 3am.

    I would be buying a crate and having that next to my bed. If you get a soft crate with an opening lid, then you can leave the lid a little open and if she cries, slip your hand into the crate and let her know you are there. This will only happen for one or two nights so live with it.

    Once she is used to sleeping in the crate you can move it away from the bed and eventually have it set up in the laundry or garage or wherever except outside. Expect to have to replace the crate a couple of times as Staffies are notorious escape artists.
    Nev Allen
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    Ok youve got the pup already so Im not going to comment on its age.

    But, whether you are allowed inside dogs or not, I would be bringing the baby in at nights. They dont regulate their own body temperature as well as older dogs and its getting cold at night.

    IMO, babies shouldnt sleep outside. My dogs are in at night, but I have had outside dogs before and they dont start sleeping out at night until they are about 6 months old. Also, the pup is at potential risk of theft.

    In regards to the neighbour, who are they to be calling you inconsiderate. How hard is it to pop their head over the fence and let you know hwo they feel?

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    Puppy definitely needs to come inside at that age, even if you don't intend him to be an inside dog. Even if it is just the laundry, or a small closed off section near the back door. If you are in rental, and definitely can't have him inside, then the garden shed or garage, with a very warm jacket. I'm in QLD and it's getting down to like 6 degrees here at night, let alone other parts of the country.
    Having said that, I have had my dogs inside in rentals before without problems - as long as there is no opportunity for damage to the house, I wouldn't think twice about doing it during the night for a few weeks at least. Keeping to tiled areas would be a good idea.

    Honestly, if you are aware that the pup is up and crying at that time of the morning, I do think it is a bit inconsiderate. I would find the sound of a pup crying at 5am incredibly distressing, and some people who are light sleepers (like me) but not necessarily animal lovers, would just find it bloody annoying. I'd have a conversation with them, and let them know that you are working on it, and that you are taking steps to control the noise.
    Worst case, if they do report you to council, they usually just give you a written warning, and give you a period of time to address the issue. In all likelihood, puppy would have settled in by that time, so I wouldn't worry a great deal.

    That aside, things there are a few things that I have done with pups in the past: a hot water bottle (in a cover or towel), leaving the radio on, giving the puppy a towel or old shirt with your scent on it.

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    So Renegade,

    You have had a week and some good advice. Tell us what you have tried and did it work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    So Renegade,

    You have had a week and some good advice. Tell us what you have tried and did it work?
    Hi All,

    A large thank you to all of the replies I received. This was of great use.
    Since we bought Max (2 weeks ago), we have brought him a pen for inside and a cushion / padded matt, which is wher he sleeps.
    He is starting to stop crying and has been sleeping through the whole night.
    He is becoming toilet trained as well. Peeing / pooping on some absorbant white pads from the pet shop and knows 'toilet' when we take him out onto the grass.
    Hes eating well and has increased from 2.8kgs to 3.6 or so now being at the eight week mark. We are mostly feeding dry biscuits and some chicken mince / the occassional treat.
    He starts puppy pre school tomorrow night with me. And as I cannot walk him yet I am continue to run around with him and the soccer ball at night and in the morning. He has an array of toys as well.

    I am just trying to work out how to discourage him from biting / jumping on people. These are a couple of habits I don't want him to develop. He does understand "on your matt", "down", "no" , "good boy", "toilet", etc. But 'sit', 'stay', 'come here' etc are being worked upon.

    Tonight I am going to try to reapply the collar and attach a leash to practise walking in the backyard.

    He is a beautiful little thing who I already love. I just hope we are providing a good environment for him to develop into a lovely dog.

    Renegade24

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    WoW - what a difference a week makes ! You must be really pleased with how things are going !

    Some more commands you can look at teaching the pup are: leave - meaning they leave something alone and this can be anything you want and gentle - meaning they must be gentle around you and others.

    I am sure at puppy kindy they will cover things like that for you - if not - ask heaps of questions. Have fun !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade24 View Post
    Hi All,

    A large thank you to all of the replies I received. This was of great use.
    Since we bought Max (2 weeks ago), we have brought him a pen for inside and a cushion / padded matt, which is wher he sleeps.
    He is starting to stop crying and has been sleeping through the whole night.
    He is becoming toilet trained as well. Peeing / pooping on some absorbant white pads from the pet shop and knows 'toilet' when we take him out onto the grass.
    Hes eating well and has increased from 2.8kgs to 3.6 or so now being at the eight week mark. We are mostly feeding dry biscuits and some chicken mince / the occassional treat.
    He starts puppy pre school tomorrow night with me. And as I cannot walk him yet I am continue to run around with him and the soccer ball at night and in the morning. He has an array of toys as well.

    I am just trying to work out how to discourage him from biting / jumping on people. These are a couple of habits I don't want him to develop. He does understand "on your matt", "down", "no" , "good boy", "toilet", etc. But 'sit', 'stay', 'come here' etc are being worked upon.

    Tonight I am going to try to reapply the collar and attach a leash to practise walking in the backyard.

    He is a beautiful little thing who I already love. I just hope we are providing a good environment for him to develop into a lovely dog.

    Renegade24
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    Well done! I'm sure Max is very happy too to be sleeping inside with his family

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