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From: Callie (
Subject:         Re: Stopping Howling!
Date: November 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm PST

In Reply to: Stopping Howling! posted by Stacey on November 6, 2008 at 8:20 am:

Hi -- dogs are pack animals -- he's going to object strenuously (and rightfully so) being left entirely alone in a totally different place than the rest of you are.

If you are concerned about him being "loose" then get him a crate that is adequate size for him, but let the dog stay IN THE BEDROOM with at least one human during the night.

At 6 months old, depending completely on how *well* houstrained he was, he might be able to hold it 5-7 hours but maybe not all night. So be prepared to get up and take him out if you hear him rattling around.

You being in there for a few minutes and then LEAVING him is *not* going to teach him it's a good place. That's for his crate anyway -- you feed them in there, give treats in there and LET HIM BE WITH FAMILY while in there.

At that age you need to keep an eye on him 100% of the time -- literally, when he's not completely under your watch, then he needs to be leashed or tethered to you. Particularly if he's been abused you need to do some re-training -- perhaps with housetraining, perhaps other things - but having him completely under your watch all day and all night is important. Then you can head things off at the pass and *prevent* wrong-doing while steering him towards the right thing to do.

If you've only had him a few days he's still afraid -- he may be in a new situation, but remember he doesn't know nor understand **anything** about you folks -- all he feels is abandoned.

Dogs almost **NEVER** do well separated from the family at night. They truly are pack animals -- they need to be with their people and then they can relax. It's often literally the sound of the others breathing that will calm them.

If he whimpers being in the crate you say 'Shhhh' -- usually I keep a newbie in a crate where I can TOUCH them -- just to slide my fingers inside the crate the calm them.

don't let him out when he whines -- just calm him and then praise him for being quiet (even if it is only a second)

If he wakes and begins to whine during the night you say 'Can you wait?' and he may settle down. If he doesn't then take him out (no playin at all -- out and straight back in ON LEASH every inch of the way) and then back in with no fuss, no playing. "shhh don't wake everyone!"

That should help. But truly -- leaving him alone just isn't going to work well -- and it will teach him to hate being alone even more. It's just not a dog thing to want to be alone when the rest of the pack is sleeping elsewhere.

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