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more sleep deprived than when i had my newborn children
(kailua kona Hawaii US)
We brought home our Jack Russell Terrier at 7 weeks. We leave our doors to home partially open during the day and encourage him to go outside to potty and reward him with praise and petting. At night we keep him gated in our bathroom with his bed, hot water bottle, blanket, and wee wee pads. He potty's everywhere BUT on the wee wee pads. And we wakes up anywhere from 3-6 times a night crying. The first week we would take him outside everytime he'd cry so he could go potty, but all he wants to do is play. And then would still cry when he was done going potty and we put him back. We have had him for 3 weeks now and my husband and i have gotten less than 4 hours a sleep a night. We trying reading up on this. We tried ignoring him, but he will go on and on and eventually wake everyone in the house. We have tried scolding. We have trying squirting with a small squirt bottle (it worked for 3 days), the puppy will not respond to anything! The longest period of time he sleeps is 3 hours and then he wants to be up and play. I dont want him in our bed, plus he pees on any blanket or towel he comes around and has tried to pee on our bed. I am tempted to put him outside and turn him into an outside dog but he'd just wake all my neighbors. he non-stop cries! Last night he woke 6 times! My kids were all waken up, my husband was frustrated, i was frustrated, i picked him up and spanked his butt (which made me feel like a monster!). He immediately went back to his bed and was quiet, but only for 1 hour before starting again! He plays all day long with our family fine, but he is miserable puppy to have at night and we are reaching the end our our rope. He has no physical problems. Should i put him in a pet carrier and leave him in the garage to cry where at least he wont wake the whole house and neighborhood? Should i have to spank a puppy to get it to be quiet? Please help, we can't handle living like this much longer.