Having lost our 14yo bichon/maltese to liver cancer just before Christmas last year, we have now attempted to put on our puppy training hats and purchased a bichon/poodle cross from a lovely lady nearby.
He's a nice little pup, full of fun and energy as every pup should be!!
However - at night time he is doing my head in.
We have instituted a playpen so he can be safe, but with us when I can't supervise his interaction with the kids. In the playpen is his bed (just a doggy cushion thing), a plastic mat just in case, a chewy toy, a teddybear and his water. He has room to either lie in bed or lie out on the plastic mat. During the day he will accept being put in the playpen and after a couple of whimpers etc will sort himself out and lie quietly.
During the night he sorts himself out after a lot more whimpering and goes to sleep once I put him in at about 10, 10.30pm. At about 5am he wakes and obviously wants to go to the toilet because if I don't take him out, there's a puddle in the morning! Once he has toileted, I put him straight back in the playpen and go back to bed. From whenever this waking is until I get out of bed to get the kids organised, he whimpers, cries, howls and keeps everyone awake! He has now also figured out he can get out of the playpen by jumping/scrabbling up the side. Unfortunately, just shutting the doors on the lounge/dining room does not contain him because we have stupid sliding doors which he can nudge open with repeated effort.
I am ignoring the noise. If he gets out to the rest of the house I just pick him up and put him back in the playpen without speaking (then reclose the doors etc).
What am I doing wrong? Should I change anything? Or, as I keep telling myself is it just a phase?
He gets lots of play sessions and will fall asleep at my feet if I don't notice and put him to bed early enough!