Who knew that such a tiny adorable puppy could howl like a dying whale all through the night?! This insanely loud sound that just feels like it's either going all night or every time you fall asleep!
You don't want to wake the kids. You don't want to wake the neighbours. You don't want to wake your partner. YOU JUST WANT SOME SLEEP!!!
Your natural instinct will be to soothe the puppy. To potentially bring it into your bed where it will very quickly fall asleep and all will seem like a magical solution.
The pup NEEDS to learn to be able to sleep in it's designated place each night. My pups are trained to know about pens and crates. They're not gaols. They're their homes. There's no reason that your young pup can't sleep in your room in a crate if that's where you intend of them sleeping for the rest of their lives.
If you want your adult dog to sleep in the laundry at night, that's where you need to start your pup sleeping. They are usually unsettled for approx 3 - 5 nights and then after that, for the most part you no longer have to worry.
If you start your pup off in your bedroom but you plan for it to sleep in the laundry when it's older, you're likely going to experience the same amount of sleepless nights, except this time you'll have a bigger dog who makes a much louder and more stressful noise.
Before you bring your pup home, work out where you want the pup to sleep.
It is also a very good idea to let your neighbours know in advance that you'll be getting a new puppy and apologise in advance if there is some howling (aka dying whale) through the first couple of nights. Most neighbours are pretty understanding if they've been told first. Also give them your number in case your pup is being exceptionally noisy during the day. That way they've a way to contact you and let you know, before they resort to calling the council. Be proactive, not reactive.
The first month is pretty hard. Pup needs to be taken to the toilet every couple of hours. If you have a partner, try either alternate nights or alternate times to take the pup out to the toilet. That way in all of this, you're getting a chance to bank some more sleep because you will need it. Sacrificing your sleep, to spend the time toilet training your pup, will repay itself tenfold later on down the track.
If the pup is not sleeping in your room where it can hear and smell you, have a radio or iPod where you can play podcasts, people talking or other white noise such as classical music, to calm the pup.
Remember, your pup has just left all of the family it knew. It will need time, consistency and reassurance to learn about it's new family, but they are very smart and do learn quickly.