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Pets Q&A: Readers offer suggestions for sleepless puppy

Joan Morris, The Mercury News on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

Recently, I answered a question about a new puppy that was having trouble sleeping in his bed without whining and barking through the night. I suggested some crate-training tips, but I’ve had lots of emails from across the country offering a few other ideas.

Here's a collection of those tips, along with my thanks.

DEAR JOAN: We got our new puppy 9 months ago, and we bought a toy puppy with a plastic heart that beats like a mother dog. She loved it, and it helped her sleep. I think my wife found it online.

Ron, Dublin, California

DEAR JOAN: It also helps to put a ticking clock underneath the puppy's bed. I've used it with all my puppies over the years. It's suppose to mimic their mother's heartbeat.

Julia, Orfordville, Wisconsin


DEAR JOAN: When I got my first puppy, I laid down on our kitchen floor, puppy in crate with my fingers in cage, for two nights.

Then I got a stuffed animal and for two days, I brought it with us and the puppy everywhere in the house. At night, I told the puppy it was bedtime and put both the puppy and stuffed animal in the crate. The puppy had someone with him.


DEAR JOAN: For the crate training, a stuffed animal that is pet-approved from the pet store helps. When mine was 7 weeks old, I found a bear the same size as the puppy. They slept together.


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