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    Quote Originally Posted by *Pauline*
    Might set up a bed for me in the study!
    I can't tell you how many nights I slept on the couch in the family room with Jake when he was a puppy. Hubby needed his sleep because he got up early to go to work. I am fortunate enough to work at home, so I can work in my pjs with baggy eyes and funky hair When Jake was having so many diahhrea problems and needed to go out so often I just set up a bad on the couch and slept out there. He would snooze with me on the couch, once he was asleep I'd lay him in his crate and go back to the couch.....until he woke me up again needing to go out.

    I'm so glad those days are over! This one of the reasons I don't know that I would do a puppy again. Luckily Shelby came to us at 12 weeks (Jake was 10 weeks) and those two weeks made such a big difference. Not to mention that she was just an easier puppy than he was.
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    Ohhhhh how I can't wait to get out of those 3 am toilet trips! We now get about 4 hours solid slots of sleeping with a 12 week old so we are improving!

    You'll forget about all the hardwork after a while, I can't remember what Merlin was like at night ( I'm sure he wasn't as bad s Oakley though!)
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    I have 2 Cavaliers, Dudley who will be 3 in January and Darby who is now 7 months. Dudley came home at 9 weeks, and Darby came to us at 8 weeks.

    I can tell you we did the same for both of them my husband and I took turns sleeping downstairs on the Sofa for about 4 weeks. We found it much much easier to get up in the middle of the night to let him out while downstairs. We had also set up an Xpen, but Darby did whine and cry also so in the evening we would put his crate beside who ever was sleeping on the sofa and when he whimpered and we knew he did not have to pee we would just tap the crate and re-assure him that we were close by. I also had given the breeder a Snuggle Puppy that Jake & Shelby were so kind to send for him about 3 weeks prior to his homecoming. The Snuggle Puppy had the scent of the rest of the litter along with Mom's, I would not give into the whimpering as I feel this will only teach him that is all he needs to do to get your attention just the same as young children.

    You may have a few rough weeks, but I promise you it will definetely get better. I remember being so tired and kept thinking I can't do this anymore but we are way over all of this now and Darby now sleeps in our bed along with Dudley.

    Before he moved into our bed, when he was no longer getting up in the middle of the night we moved his crate into our room and I would just stick my fingers through the door to let him know that I was right beside him.

    Hang in there, it will get better.

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    Geez, Merlin must be special. My parents got him at 10 weeks and he cried the first 3 nights in an ex-pen so my mom got a soft sided carrier and put that on the bed next to her head. He sleeps the night through with no crying and my mom says he's not a morning person. When it's time to get up he looks at her like she's nuts and won't come out of his comfy bed! Our dogs sleep on the bed, but at 3lbs the parents were afraid of crushing the poor little guy! Hence the soft carrier.

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    This describes Holly perfectly. I'm not an early riser either, unless I have to be, and when Holly's at my mum's and she's up at 8 o'clock getting Holly up for breakfast and to take her for a walk- Holly has been known to give my mother a disgusted look and climb right back into bed. Once she did it three times to my mother's disgust. I got lectured about infecting my dog with my bad habits!

    I got Holly at 13 weeks I think- and she did soil over night for quite a while. Having said that, it was partly because she was a real squealer initially, and I didn't want to make it worse by going in and out, and since (unlike Choe) it never occurred to her to eat the pee pads, it wasn't really an issue. I just withdrew food early, and changed the pad the next morning. It may have made house training harder in retrospect, but she did learn to settle down very quickly.
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    My puppy was already 4 months old when I got him, and I also have another dog, so he had company....and also, I let them both sleep on the bed with me, so I guess I am no help there. But, I live in an apartment, and the apt. manager was nice enough to let me have one of the apartments in the far back of the building, at the end, so it is pretty quiet here, and I have access to outside right out my patio doors too. About the only thing that set my dogs off barking are when people make noise late at night, but there are only 8 other apartments in my building and it really is pretty quiet here. The dogs can't see the street (too far away from it, I am way off the street), or the parking lot either, since I am in the back I face a bunch of trees and a hillside. So, if you can get an apt. that is away from the front door or the front of the building, that helps.
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    Thank you all for your replies!!

    Last night was a lot better I printed off the information sheets for crate training and separation anxiety too and learned them off!!

    2 days ago I bought little treats for praising princess and Ive been using them when ever she goes the toilet on her mat she loves them so much I think she is making herself go more I also give her a reward when she gets into her crate. If Im busy making the dinner or something I put her in her crate now too which she doesnt mind!!

    Last night I put a blanket over her crate when I put her to bed she woke twice to go toilet but there was no whining!!

    Ill see how this works out for me as Im reluctant to let her sleep in my room as my daughter who is 5 was never encouraged to do this and she would be severly put out if princess was allowed

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    I slept downstairs with puppy Izzy, who was in a playpen. He woke up early morning every night, did a poo whcih had to be cleaned up (and often him as well because he'd trodden in it) then didn't want to go back to sleep. he was allowed upstairs, onthe bed, when he could go through the night.

    However, Teddy and Joly, in their carrier, went from midnight to 6 o'clock, with only one mistake each ( a small wee). I think it's ot so much due to being upsatairs, but beacuse they had only a small space and didn't want to soil it.
    Barbara, Monty, Joly and Teddy.

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    Yayy Princess! Now everybody will get their sleep!
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    I must have been really lucky, I brought Murphy home at 8 weeks. The 1st night he went to bed with his teddy(which he still sleeps with, bless!), and a hot water bottle. Never heard a peep all nite. He wimpered the 2nd and 3rd nite's for about half an hour and that was him. Although I must confess he now snoozes and snores on our bed, pressed as close to 1 of us as possible

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