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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I haven't found any helpful sites about dogs on the net.

Its Angels second night with us and we've put her in the kennel for the night with a heating pad on low wraped several times with towels and with a small ticking alarm clock (read that in a book).

She's yapping up a storm and its constant. I don't think it was this bad last night. I feel horribly guilty. Am I doing the right thing by just letting her bark?? I checked the heating pad and it isn't hot, just a luke warm to touch.

She kept us up a bit last night... I hope she overcomes this soon. She's used to snuggling with another shih tzu... so that's why we put the heating pad in there. Its not warm at all really... I don't want it to hurt her.

If anyone has any advice I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.
post #2 of 25
I would worry about her chewing the heating pad.
If she's used to sleeping with another dog, get her a stuffed dog to cuddle, nothing expensive, she'll likely end up destroying it.

Is she a puppy?
And do you have a kennel cover on the kennel?
post #3 of 25
What room do you keep her kennel in? She might not whine as much if it's in your bedroom so she's hear you at night. She may also need to go pee...puppies can't hold it very long, but they don't want to soil their beds. My mom's German Shepherd had to be taken out twice a night when he was a puppy.
Enjoy your puppy! Aren't they wonderful???
post #4 of 25
Try this site: http://www.caninecrib.com/.

I've read that a ticking clock helps, too.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Angel is over 6 months old. I just got her from a friend yesterday. I have the heating pad wrapped in 3 towels and they are each around it about twice. I don't think she'll be able to get to the heating pad. The kennel is in the computer room and I have a sheet over 3/4 of the kennel and the lights are off and door shut. We took her out to pee before she went into the kennel and its been awhile since she had a drink.

She just got quiet now. Last night she'd be quite for awhile then bark... then quiet, then bark.....
post #6 of 25
If she's at least 6 months, she should be old enough to leave kenneled over night.
Do get her a stuffed toy to cuddle, try the kennel in your bedroom, and do, try to ignore her barking etc.
Otherwise, you'll have inadvertantly taught her that making a fuss is a good way to get attention and it will continue.
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 
We're doing out best to ignore it. It might sound mean but we're not putting the kennel in the bedroom because that is Meishka's safe area with us at night. I don't want to push her out of her comfort sleep area. I adore the puppy but I got my cat first and she's already establised here and I hate fiddling with her elements.

Puppy is quiet now. I just read on the site posted above (thanks for that by the way) that a rice heater would be good for the puppy. I think I'll try that. I'm iffy about the heating pad. I just would rather have something that would stay warm all night for her in case she wakes up and gets lonely..... She's great during the day... spending time with us and all. The nights are hard when she has to be alone. Eventually, when she is totally house broken she can sleep with us and the cat (when the can be near eachother without issues)....But on a happy note Meish and Angel were on the sofa at the same time tonight and about 3 feet apart before Meish hissed and jumped down. Poor Angel just looked and DH like "what did I do?"
post #8 of 25
I have a wonderful product called a Snuggle Safe.
5 minutes in the microwave and it stays warm for up to 12 hours.
It's pretty indestructible, I've used it in my big dog's kennel a few times, and he's good at destroying things.

Snuggle Safe
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Is this only a web order item? Is there anywhere I can buy this instead? I don't want to wait the 7 days shipping LOL. I feel bad.... and now I'm worried cause she got quiet so fast but if I go in there she'll bark again. UGH
post #10 of 25
I think PetsMart carries them
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
wish I knew about these when I was there today!!! UGH
post #12 of 25
There is a stuffed animal with a heartbeat and heater called snuggle puppy. Froogle search it and if you can't find it in a store by you or get it online maybe go to a baby store and find something like that there. Do you have a towel on top of the heating pad? If not that might be dangerous. But the more you give in to the crying the more puppy know that is what will work. Just make sure puppy is safe and she should be fine.
post #13 of 25
When I first got my dogs, I would put them into their crate at night, and I too had barking dogs all night the first night, a little less the second, and so on, until about the 4th night it remained quiet and they actually found it to be their "safe" place..all of the previous ideas are great ones, just keep hanging in there...
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. Last night we went back into the doggy room and put the heating pad on high for about ten minutes then unplugged it and left it wrapped in the kennel with Angel. She still yapped for awhile. I don't know if she was quiet the rest of the night but she didn't wake me up once until Hubby got up at 430 to take her out to potty and get some breakfast. Then around 5 he put her back in the kennel and she was yapping and crying. We left her in there for about 30 minutes. When she got quiet I let her out of the kennel and took her to potty. She did a tinkle and then I layed down on the sofa with her. We both conked out for about another hour or 2. She's so funny. She loves to run and play then she's zonked out on the sofa for about 2 hours. We're going to try putting the kennel in the kitchen tonight so she can be closer to us while we're still awake. Then when she's quiet and nodding off we'll go to bed ourselves. I feel bad moving the crate when she knows where it is now but its only been there 2 days. We'll leave a puppy pad where the crate is now just in case she goes there by accident forgetting the new location.

On a nicer note Angel stood up to Meish and when she hissed Angel did this teeny little growl. Meish looked at me like "what the heck?"

They can be in the same room without fuzzing of Meish's fur now too. They were about a foot from eachother having a stare down. It's interesting to see how difference Meish acts with a dog than another kitten. I've been spoiling Meish rotten. I made her her own pancake this morning (no sugar, just whole wheat flour and some milk)... she thought that was awesome. It was just a tiny one but she just thought it was the most awesome thing.

I guess that is it. If anyone has any more advice I'd really love it. Thanks so much for listing to my d-o-g issues.
post #15 of 25
In case no one else has suggested it yet, try a radio or CD playing soft music through the night.
post #16 of 25
Good luck with the pup! Both our crates are in the bedroom. even though that was Dutchys spot with me. Dogs are pack animals. And they feel safer when they are with their whole pack. I am the Alpha..they will noyt settle in their kennels unless i am in the bedroom at bedtime..

Sounds like you may be winning the battle. I know you dont wanna mess things up for the kitty. But the bedroom trick really does work.
post #17 of 25
we got our dog when he was 7 weeks old.we had a jumper that his mum had slept on also a soft toy.we had a night of barking,but i foing a sure fire method EAR PLUGS worked a treat.ok i did get up a few times to check on him but he was fast asleep.but patience works wonders.
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
I just got back from Walmart and I decided to make my own snuggle pet for the puppy. I got a stuffed animal for dogs that had a squeaker in it and I just cut along the seam, took out the squeaker... but in a sock with rice and put velcro along the seam that I cut. I heated up the rice, and put it in the stuffy. Angel is zonked out with it right now. I hope that it helps her tonight. I just talked to DH and he said he'll think about putting the kennel in the bedroom... but on my side of the bed lol.
post #19 of 25
It will help.
Dogs are absolutely pack animals and like to hear the sounds of their "human pack" breathing and sleeping beside them...Its better for them emotionally in the long run...
That homemade snuggle puppy sounds great..


Good to hear Angel and Meish are getting along slowly...

It would be beneficial if you enrolled the pup in training classes too right away..and socialize her to other dogs, people, children, etc..

Makes for a well rounded and good mannered dog

Good luck!
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
Angel came to us from a home with 2 other dogs and a 2 year old girl that thought Angel was a baby doll. She's over socialized I take her next door to see my neighbors kids and dog. She's a trooper.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
It will help.
Dogs are absolutely pack animals and like to hear the sounds of their "human pack" breathing and sleeping beside them...Its better for them emotionally in the long run...
That homemade snuggle puppy sounds great..


Good to hear Angel and Meish are getting along slowly...

It would be beneficial if you enrolled the pup in training classes too right away..and socialize her to other dogs, people, children, etc..

Makes for a well rounded and good mannered dog

Good luck!
post #21 of 25
Congrats Beth. I knew you were thinking about getting one but didn't realise you had.
post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
This made me so happy to see.


David said that Angel and Meish were actually nose to nose today without any negative sounds from them.

Here is another shot of Angel:


She just got back from the vet with DH. Poor thing got 5 shots and a rectal probe!! Plus some stuff up her nose. We did her heart guard treatment today and we'll do frontline Wednesday... poor pup will sleep good tonight
post #23 of 25
Awwww!!! She is so cute! I had a one just like her for 12 years until cancer took her She saved my sister when we were younger for a intruder in our house. This intruder didnt expect us home for vacation so early. When we got home it was late and my sister was asleep so my Dad just layed her on the couch instead of hauling her upstairs...The intruder was on drugs, found her there and tried to tie her up. She had been gagged and what little noise she could make, Nikki heard and went to her rescue. She somehow jumped up and bit a hole in his cheek and was barking like crazy which woke everyone up. He was caught...but because of the fact he was on drugs, he was found not responsible for his actions and got off free....And our little Nikki was a hero! The best part!
post #24 of 25
Oh she is precious, precious, precious

I notice that she has the eye gunky stuff that my toy poodle used to get ...
That brown gunky stuff can stain so I used to buy this special eye gunk and moustache stuff called "crystal eye" or "crystal clear" or something like that..and it helps clear that up...Sorry, i cannot remember the exact name but I am sure any breeder or pet supply store will know what I am talking about if you are interested.

Just so nice to see them actually on the same couch..sweet
post #25 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
Oh she is precious, precious, precious

I notice that she has the eye gunky stuff that my toy poodle used to get ...
That brown gunky stuff can stain so I used to buy this special eye gunk and moustache stuff called "crystal eye" or "crystal clear" or something like that..and it helps clear that up...Sorry, i cannot remember the exact name but I am sure any breeder or pet supply store will know what I am talking about if you are interested.

Just so nice to see them actually on the same couch..sweet

LOL I used to use that stuff on my little dog, can't remember the name though lol.


And that is one adorable puppy.
I miss having a little dog.
I like my big boy, but I don't think I'll ever get another big dog once he's gone.
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