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Old 03-08-2013, 10:54 AM
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We've had our 8 week old Chi, Oscar since last Saturday now and we're struggling with getting him to sleep.
First night we tried him in his cage and he just howled the house down all night. I got up with him to check if he needed the loo, Id put him back and he just wouldnt stop. So for the sake of the neighbours we brought him up with us.
Next night we tried bringing his bed up so its by the side of the bed, he was a little better but everytime he woke up he just wanted to jump up on the bed and would not settle.
Then we tried bringing his crate up to stop him jumping up on the bed, but of course this just brought back the howling and ear piercing crying!!
In the end we brought him into our bed which is the least thing i wanted to do Helppppp x
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He's still a baby & needs time to adjust being away from mommy. You could put a heat pad in the cage with stuffed animals.
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Ive put all his toys in there, a hot water bottle, a clock, one of my tops so he has the scent ive tried everything lol!!

I think he also has seperation anxiety coming on as he does cry when i go upstairs and leave him down So maybe i should work on that and the sleeping will come into place when he's ready?

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:13 PM
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Anyone else out there?
Should i let him in my bed until we get the seperation anxiety sorted or is it just going to make him worse? i dont know what to doooooooo
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Should i let him in my bed until we get the seperation anxiety sorted or is it just going to make him worse? i dont know what to doooooooo
If you do not want him to stay in your bed forever, I would not let him in but keep persisting. Is there any way you can put your hand where he is sleeping so he can feel you?
I know many people that let their dogs cry it out. My girl did not have a big problem in her box bed (we did not cage or crate her) but eventually, she learned to jump up on the bed and sleeps with me now. She will usually curl up and not move all night, unless she gets cold. But many people are not so lucky.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:36 PM
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Yeah i put my hand down and he usually just tries to climb up to me on it lol.. he's a little trouble maker x
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At 8 weeks old, he is going to cry. Most breeders won't even send a chi home before 10-12 weeks, an 8 week old is veryyyy young. He misses his momma and litter mates. He's scared and lonely.

This is where tough love comes in! You need to ignore him. Giving him attention when he cries is going to reinforce the behavior. He needs to know that crying won't work. It may take a few weeks, but it will work.

I think I was up all night listening to Toby cry for two nights, but he was already 14 weeks old. It's going to take longer for an 8 week old.


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Yeah it seems 8 weeks is the norm in the UK unfortunately.
Im more worried about the neighbours when he cries, he really goes for it lol
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