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So, I brought my little chi pup (he's almost 11 weeks) home Wednesday (pics to follow!), and things are going great. There is one problem though, and that is whining. At night he is sleeping in my room in an igloo bed, and he will sleep through the night without needing to go potty. However until he falls asleep he needs to see my foot (oddly enough) poking out of the bed. If he doesn't then he whines. If I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night he will also whine. If it's during the day and I leave him to go upstairs briefly he will whine. You get the picture...

How do I break him of this habit? I am ignoring him, but so far it's not really done much. It's definitely attention seeking (when he first came home the whines sounded scared but now they sound like he simply wants me around). He follows me wherever he can, which is fine, but the whining will drive me nuts if it carries on for the next however many years.

I did originally buy a crate but it was too big and he was going to the bathroom in it as well as sleeping. So now I have removed the tray from the crate and he's using that (with paper) to go bathroom. There haven't been too many accidents on that front.

Should I be putting him in a carrier at night and keeping the door shut? How do I get him adjusted to me leaving without him whining?

We will be going to puppy classes in a couple of weeks, but I am not sure if that would break him of it, since it's primarily socialisation/basic command training.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Don't know if this helps (never had any trouble with mine sleeping ) i tire dottie out before bedtime and when i put her in her bed i give her a massage for a few mins she is so relaxed i think she would sleep on the floor,i also give her a teddy to snuggle up with and a heat pad .
 

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I never thought of a heating pad. I have a small rice bag that can be warmed and fits inside a teddy - that could work. Thank you.

Now I just need to figure out something during the day when I go into a different room/go upstairs. :)
 

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What about leaving the radio on when you leave the room ? petsafe do a heat pad you put in the microwave and stays warm all night
 

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My puppy whined a lot when I first brought him home. I would leave him in his Pen for longer amounts of time and reward him for being quiet. As long as you ignore the whining, he should learn it won't get you to come back. Maybe try putting him in his crate or pen with you in the same room and give him treats when he is quiet. Good luck!:)
 

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I had the radio on this morning and it didn't seem to make much difference, but I will keep at it. I guess it's going to just take some time and patience on my part. I can't always wait for him to stop (because he doesn't seem to be stopping lol) to go back into the room, but I purposefully ignore him for a good five minutes after my return so he doesn't associate the whining with being rewarded). Hopefully it will be enough.
 

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It might sound a little weird, but try music - not radio (too much variation, loud commercials, etc) but CDs. My kids have their own CD player and I either play Janet Marlow (who composes specifically for dogs) or, if they are under extraordinary stress (workmen in the house, road construction outside, etc.), Canine Lullabies (Canine Lullabies). I received Canine Lullabies as a gift from my sister, and I thought it was silly until we had our house re-roofed. I was amazed at the soothing effect it had on my kids! Now I bring their portable CD player when we travel and stay in motels or in the motorhome.
 

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wigdogmom, I think I love you. I played the sample song on the website, and he literally crashed out. I was shocked and decided to test by leaving the bedroom to go to the bathroom (sure time he'd whine). Nothing. I came back to find him flaked out in the bed. He didn't whine a single time. This morning I left him downstairs with the song on whilst I showered and while he did whine a bit it was nowhere near like it was before. I was stunned (and have downloaded the whole album). I guess the test will be whether it works again tonight, but he seems SO much more calm in being left alone, and he doesn't whine when I go upstairs for five minutes now either.

Honestly, I could hug you. LOL
 

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Don't know if this helps (never had any trouble with mine sleeping ) i tire dottie out before bedtime and when i put her in her bed i give her a massage for a few mins she is so relaxed i think she would sleep on the floor,i also give her a teddy to snuggle up with and a heat pad .
I used a heat pad for Charlie every night, he loves snuggling up to it, well he did till I got him a friend and now he snuggles up to him! Also he likes to be covered up at night, you could try a blanket for your little one to snuggle under x
 

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shelly whines a bit frequently as well, like if she wants up on my bed because its too high for her to jump. also, after she was spayed i didn't want her jumping around so i would pick her up and put her on the couch next to me. she is very capable of jumping so after her stitches healed she would whine and whine when she wanted up on the couch because she was so used to me picking her up. now when she does this i either ignore her or encourage her to try and jump and when she makes it i throw a party

we have also been battling the crate the past few weeks. she slept in my bed for the first week or so, until the surgery and the day after, but then i decided it was time for her to get used to the crate. the first few days she would whine for about an hour and it was soooo difficult to try and sleep during that and not give in and take her out. it has been a slow process but now she only whines for about 5 mins before she gives up and now that i think about it i think last night it was even less than that!

anyways, i think you should try and utilize the crate a bit more, and just have her get used to it. hopefully she'll start so see it as her "home" and not mind being in there if you leave or have work to do or something. it will also help her get used to you not being with her all the time so that when you do leave, she still feels comfortable and knows you will be coming back.

i think patience will also be the key for you, just like it is for me and my shelly. don't expect it to happen over night, but stick to the routine and she will realize that this is the way of life.

whew well this is the longest post ive written on this website! hope what i said makes sense and helps! good luck
 
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