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Pippa's Mom

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Hello, I have a beautiful 5 year old rescue puppy mill mama from Pennsylvania. I've had her for 3 months and she's doing really well and we love her so much! I've had many pets over the years, but I've never know such joy as she has brought me. I tried to upload a photo, but it said it was too large. She has been sleeping in her crate downstairs for the last three months and really enjoys it. Recently, (past 3 weeks) though she's been waking up at 4:00 and 5:00 crying and yelping when she used to get up at 6:00 and 7:00. She doesn't need to go to bathroom right away. She's just up and whining. Although she likes food, she is not food obsessed like my Beagle who has to eat the minute she gets up. This morning I was half asleep and brought her up to bed with me where she proceeded to sleep until 6:30 with me. Do you think I should bring the crate up to our bedroom and have her sleep there? or bring her upstairs to bed when she whines? Is she having anxiety when she wakes up? I did have an adaptil diffuser which ran out, but I doubt that make that big a difference. I'm wondering what I should do because whatever I do, she'll expect in the future. Any suggestions? We are just getting really worn out from waking up at 4 and 5, but I don't want to let her work herself up into a frenzy so I don't really want to ignore it and she's so loud anyway...hard to ignore. Thank you.
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Hi and welcome! Well done on bringing this rescue girl into your lives. :D On the photo thing -- apologies for the hassle; yes this is an annoying holdover still on the board software :( and the next release, which should happen soon, will automatically size photos for the board so you won't need to :) .

On the waking bit -- as long as your vet has checked her and there's no sign of body pain, for example, or a UTI (urinary tract infection) I suspect she'd simply like your company, which is a very cavalier thing :wagcav: . Especially as she'd settled well for three months -- normally you'd expect the whiny issues in early weeks. How you respond depends on what you'd like to do, really. If you prefer her downstairs, Adaptil does really work well for anxiety. And maybe, leave a radio on softly (I always put on classical music as it is calming, but soft conversation is good, too, or gentle background music) and set her up with a kong or other hollow stuff-able toy with a low-ish cal filling (freezing mashed banana mixed with a T of yogurt is a good option) or spread 2-3 teaspoons of peanut butter or pate -- just a wipe of peanut butter or meat pate around the insides that she can reach, and then higher up out of reach, to keep her active and engaged. Or a nylabone or benebone, something she can safely chew away on. If you have been going down when she starts in at the earlier hour, you do need to ignore and definitely don't go down or she is effectively training you :). Usually a dog may bark for a few days but then gives up. But right now, she's trained you to come let her out when she decides! We have almost all been there, don't worry! If you have close neighbours or are in an apt or condo obviously just leaving her is a lot more difficult as the noise isn't acceptable. Otherwise, earplugs are your short term friend.

If you are happy to have her in your room, sure, bring her crate up and have her there, or let her sleep on the bed or whatever suits you. If she is in the same room in her crate she'll probably be very happy as you'll be in sight and smell for her.

This could be some anxiety; puppy farm dogs often have these kinds of issues and she'll still be doing a lot of adjustment. Also, it's a pretty common issue, especially for a singleton dog. So I wouldn't worry too much and the 'right' solution is the one that suits you too. :)
Hi Karlin,
Thank you so much for your detailed reply. It was so helpful. We could bring try bringing her crate up, but I think we will try the other suggestions first, although bringing the crate up really isn't a problem. I will get the Adaptil refill set up. I haven't gotten her a nylabone or benebone yet, so that will probably make her very happy! We do have another dog, but she sleeps in another room and is a 13 year old beagle who really just keep to herself. They coexist nicely, but they are just like roommate, not friends.:) Thanks again for all your wonderful recommendations. I'm very glad to have found this message board. I've had beagles for the past 25 years and it's been a whole new world having a cavalier. Although I've loved and love my present beagle, the deep bond I have with my cavalier Pippa after only 3 months is something I've never had before.:dogwlk:
We do have another dog, but she sleeps in another room and is a 13 year old beagle who really just keep to herself.
Oh! I'd suggest maybe putting Pippa's crate in with your beagle! It can be very comforting to have another dog around, and as Pippa will be in a crate she won't be changing your beagle's routine and your beagle might also enjoy or grow to enjoy a crated sleeping companion. :) I have always found another dog nearby help settle a rescue foster (I used to run a cavalier rescue so had quite a few of those over the years)
Hi, thank you so much for this suggestion! I put their crates side by side and it worked like a charm. Thank you so much! I'm relieved to get a better night's sleep and they both seem happier:):)
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