My name is Janitta and we brought home Kenny, our chocolate labrador puppy 15 days ago, he's now 10 weeks and 1 day old.
I'm really struggling with him crying at night, he has a crate, but I don't shut the door, I leave the radio on low for him and the lights off, he has a variety of toys available. I'm using puppy pads at night and he is great at using them when he needs to go to the toilet.
The problem seems to be after he's been to the toilet, he cries and whines so much I've been coming down to tidy up, I have a 5 year old and I don't want him to be disrupted which is the main reason why I started coming down to find out why he was crying. Once I've tidied up the mess I tell Kenny it's bedtime and he is quiet, for a few hours.
Last night I went down to him at 11pm, 1:30am, 3:30am and 4:45am before getting up at 6am. Today I've decided it has to stop and my plan is to ignore him tonight, my other half is working nights this week so I will be allowing my son to sleep in my room with me, Kenny sleeps in the kitchen, which is at the back of the house, below my sons room so I'm hoping this will help prevent my son waking.
Is this a good idea, I'm running on empty at the moment and it's getting me down, I've never really experienced a puppy that cries at night before, all my previous dogs, including a black lab were fine after the first few nights.
Does anyone have any suggestions of things I can try, am I doing the right thing leaving him to cry without going to him?
Appreciate anyone's comments or thoughts on the matter.