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    Hello,
    We have just purchased a 6 week old staffy called Max. He is lovely, but I arrived home this morning to a threatening note in the mailbox from our neighbour saying "dear inconsiderate neighbour, please stop your dog crying in the morning and waking up neighbours at 5.00am or I will report it to the council and rental company." I found this to be quite upsetting as the puppy has been here for less then a week.
    Does anyone have any methods for stopping a puppy crying?
    We leave max out over night in his kennel / on his matt and he is fine until around 5.30am when he hears my partner and I wake up. We have been ignoring the crying until I am dressed for work, then I come outside to run around with him for 10 minutes where he is exhausted. I then give him his food and sneak out to work. He does not cry when I leave the house, rather is eating and quite exhausted.
    Obviously I am new to the dog owning thing, and I dont want to annoy the neighbours, plus I want to train my dog to be a good pooch.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Renegade24

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    I would certainly not be leaving a 6 week old puppy outside all night. In a laundry/bathroom/crate would be much better for such a young dog. Specially being sooo young. My two were never outside at that age, they had access to the yard but were inside the rest of the time.

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    I too wouldn't be leaving a puppy of any age outside right now. It's starting to get very cold at night.

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    Keep him inside and the neighbors won't hear him crying. Staffys do better as an inside dog anyway as they strive on your love.
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    6 weeks is two weeks younger than the recommended age for puppies to go home with their new owners.

    Thats the ANKC and the RSCPA and some states have this as law.
    How old should a puppy be before they are adopted/purchased? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    So you need to take extra care with this puppy and I certainly wouldn't leave him outside on his own all night either. I wouldn't expect that of a puppy younger than 3 months and probably not ever of a Staffordshire. They have very short coats and no under coat like some breeds to keep them warm.

    Personally I hate being woken up and kept awake at 5am too. And a crying puppy is a heart rending noise. I would have been around banging on your door at 5:05am...

    When I first got my dog, I kept her inside at night, in a box next to my bed with a lead attached to me so I could take her outside in the night (2am and 3:30am and 6am for the first couple of weeks I set an alarm). I also took her around to visit with all the neighbours, to ask them to let me know if they had any problems with her being noisy or escaping (hasn't happened), etc - that she lives where I live - and to drop me a note or come talk to me.

    You may also want to read this about how to look after puppies.
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    This is a link to a pdf of the queenland guidelines for puppy breeding.
    http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/documents...eding-dogs.pdf
    On page 13 it says this.
    G10 Puppies should not be rehomed before they are eight weeks of age.
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    I also agree with what the others have said with regard to the Stafford being inside all of the time. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are people dogs and need to be around their people. They do not make good back yard ornaments. My two are only outside when I am at work or out. The rest of the time the door is open and they have access to anywhere in the house... except my bedroom they know to stay out of there

    Of course, this is only good if you are able to have them inside. When I rented I was only allowed outside dogs but they still came inside anyway

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I must admit that it disturbs me to hear that "abandoned little puppy" cry when pups are left outside. It doesn't sound like the neighbour feels sorry for the pup though, he just sounds like an AH. And it's better to know that now than later, I suppose.

    But I agree with the others. Try to put yourself in the pup's place. He only just got taken away from the only family he has ever known, he is rapidly getting attached to his new family, but they abandon him every night and he has no idea where they are or when or if they will come back for him. He must feel lonely and scared and that's probably why he howls.

    If you do want to make him used to sleeping outside, I would advise to get him used to being out on his own gradually. Reward him for short times outside without fussing and then increase the time.

    But I am a dogs inside at night person too. I think it is unnatural for dogs to sleep all alone, especially when it's cold outside and they have no other dog to keep warm with.

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    Hi renegade24,

    I am not an expert on puppies as I have never had one, but I do know a bit about Staffies and other bull breeds. These dogs love people and thrive on human company. Any and all of my dogs are inside dogs, but the bully breeds more so. They pine when they are not with their humans. I think that probably all you need to do is make your staffy an indoor dog and everything will probably be OK. As you say, you don't want to annoy the neighbours, and you want to train Max to be a good dog. My gut feeling is that Max is probably like most staffies and just wants to be with his humans.

    Anyway, try having him inside and see if that solves your problems. Generally, my experience has been that staffies and the bull breeds are fine indoors dogs.

    Now it could be that your neighbour is just an anti dog nazi and nothing you do is going to be good enough for them, but I'd recommend trying keeping Max inside and seeing if your neighbour stops complaining.

    Easy is as easy does; it really is not that hard to have an inside dog and you might find that all your problems evaporate.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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    Goodness, bring the poor little bugger in at night, he is way too little to be outside all alone!!! Like mentioned, staffies are people pooches, and they need the company, and at your pup's age, he needs love and attention, even at night....bring him into the laundry or if ok, even into your bedroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade24 View Post
    Hello,
    We have just purchased a 6 week old staffy called Max. He is lovely, but I arrived home this morning to a threatening note in the mailbox from our neighbour saying "dear inconsiderate neighbour, please stop your dog crying in the morning and waking up neighbours at 5.00am or I will report it to the council and rental company." I found this to be quite upsetting as the puppy has been here for less then a week.
    Does anyone have any methods for stopping a puppy crying?
    We leave max out over night in his kennel / on his matt and he is fine until around 5.30am when he hears my partner and I wake up. We have been ignoring the crying until I am dressed for work, then I come outside to run around with him for 10 minutes where he is exhausted. I then give him his food and sneak out to work. He does not cry when I leave the house, rather is eating and quite exhausted.
    Obviously I am new to the dog owning thing, and I dont want to annoy the neighbours, plus I want to train my dog to be a good pooch.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Renegade24
    This is what I would do, I would call on the neighbour letter in hand and have a chat, I take it it was not an anonymous letter? Informing them that I have a pup who is settling in and this may take some days, I would also mention I don't appreciate letter writers who do not have the backbone to talk directly face to face with someone about noise, I would just see how it goes, and either 1) the problem becomes non existent in time as the pup settles in, or 2, they can call the council, call the RE, and it will get mediated and sorted out. Again in time.

    The puppy will stop crying in time, and only in time.
    Beau.
    Last edited by Beau; 05-24-2012 at 09:29 PM.
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