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First of all, hello and many thanks for all the advice we have pinched from the forums up to now.

On Friday my partner and I brought home our newest family member: a gorgeous, 8-week old fox-red bundle of fur: Maisie.

So far we have had very few problems with her. We've been taking her out and about, socialising her with friends and taking her about in the car. She even got to watch the Red Arrows the other day. Which I think took us by surprise as much as her at the time but she quickly ignored the noise and just wanted to be let down for a run. Coincidentally, most other people in the park seemed to ignore the Red Arrows and want to come and meet her.

She's even proving to be an absolute diamond at night. For the first two nights we got up to check on her and let her out every few hours and by the third night she learnt to ignore us and carry on sleeping. Now she gives us a bit of a shout between 5 and half past so we let her out to do her business then put her back in her crate. Also, we've reset the boiler now so she isn't woken up at 06.30 so we wake her at 7 when we get up.

She isn't too keen on her crate though, we leave it open for her to sleep in during the day but she always chooses a spot down the side of the armchair. When she does fall asleep we put her in and leave the door open but she usually only stays in there for a bit. At night though she brings the house down crying and also every time I leave her in it to go shower or do some work (I mostly work from home during the week but in a different room). Is there any advice or any tricks to get her out of this habit. We're doing our best to ignore her but occasionally she gets the better of us, for instance she'll be quiet then just as we're letting her out she'll start again and I don't want her to think it's working.

These are minor issues and generally speaking she is an absolute star but we want to make sure we get everything right from day-one.

Ed, Sally, and Maisie
 

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Don't let her get the better of you! ;)

You sound like you are doing grand.

You just have to ignore the wailing. Its the hardest part by far. But if you need her to be away from you when you are working, then she needs to learn to be on her own.

We have a good Scottish word that sums it up - thrawn. Thats what puppies are!!! You just have to be thrawner!

Welcome to the forum :) If you've read anything here, you'll know we like a piccie or two!!!
 
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