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    My New Puppy

    I wanted to show off the new puppy that I bought my wife as her wedding present. She's a Golden Retriever and we named her Larkin. = )




    As an aside, does anyone have any tricks for getting puppies to sleep more than a couple of hours at a time? Waking up at 3 AM to "play" is getting a bit old, but she's cute enough that I can't really get mad.
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    She's a cutie
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    Re: My New Puppy

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
    As an aside, does anyone have any tricks for getting puppies to sleep more than a couple of hours at a time? Waking up at 3 AM to "play" is getting a bit old, but she's cute enough that I can't really get mad.

    Let her listen to Air America.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62
    Let her listen to Air America.


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    RF - Great looking pup.

    And no, there really isn't too much you can do for a puppy only sleeping a few hours. I've had several boxer pups, and they are just go-go-go at all hours. My youngest boxer, I slept on the couch with her for the first few weeks because some nights, that bundle of energy was a need to go outside and go potty. Other times it was just a need to be up and full of energy.

    It doesn't last very long though, trust me. They eventually modify their body clock to yours, and they'll sleep both when you are asleep and when you are not there to be awake when you are.

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    try putting a tick tock style clock in a towel in her crib. mother's heart kinda thing

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    Wild Turkey always works for me.
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    RF, Great looking pup. I had a yellow Labrador that I had to put to sleep on July 15. Seeing your pics makes think of what I wouldn't give to have him back at that age again. His name was Storm. Anyway, enjoy your new pet. Golden's are so full of energy, that your restless days have just begun.

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    Congrats on the puppy, RF. Here's to long years with Larkin.

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    To get puppies to sleep through the night you have to use the tough love method.

    Basically, if you have a cage, you need to her in there, close the door and close the door to your bedroom. Basically, she'll cry herself to sleep. And while it sounds harsh, it's the method my parents used with their dog when I was much younger and we've never had a problem with her at night. She was out of the cage in a few months and they've never woken up to any "suprises".

    The trick is getting your puppy to think that her cage is her home. Put some toys in there and possibly a dirty t-shirt for the scent along with food and water. And make sure her cage isn't so big that she can use one side of it as a bedroom and other side as a bathroom.
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    Re: My New Puppy

    We have a golden, RF, and the cage method is the way to go. He is 2 years old now, and sleeps at the foot of our bed, but whenever we're away for any length of time, we'll find him in his cage when we get home. They really work, and the dog will really consider it his/her safe haven.

    And make sure her cage isn't so big that she can use one side of it as a bedroom and other side as a bathroom.
    That is right on, paintmered.

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    Re: My New Puppy

    Echoing most of what has been mentioned previously...never let your new puppy out of his/her crate because of their yelping. At that point, they are training you--and not vice versa. It's not easy the first few nights (especially if they were not properly weaned). How old was she when she was taken from momma? In the pictures, she looks to be about 8-10 weeks old...

    Also, Paintmered mentioned a dirty T-shirt to put in her kennel. If you have anything like that which came with momma's scent still on it--it will make a good transition toy.
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    Soooooo cute Congrats!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wally post
    try putting a tick tock style clock in a towel in her crib. mother's heart kinda thing
    This worked for my now 6.5 mo old lab.

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    Re: My New Puppy

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful

    As an aside, does anyone have any tricks for getting puppies to sleep more than a couple of hours at a time? Waking up at 3 AM to "play" is getting a bit old, but she's cute enough that I can't really get mad.
    Don't worry about it, she'll stop when she's a year old.

    And I don't know if you've ever had a retriever pup before, but I'll say these two things from experience (my old boy is going to be 14 in November):

    1) Run, Run, Run- the more you run her the better dog she'll be. They are built for action, work and a lot of exercise.

    2) There is NO BETTER chick magnet than a retriever puppy. Too bad your married....like I was when I got mine.
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