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    Hi there,

    I have recently got a 7 week old cavalier bitch and I am struggling with what to do at night time regarding where to sleep.

    At the moment she is sleeping in her bed in my bedroom but the problem that is occurring is that while I set her off to sleep in the basket she is fine but its when she wakes up after 20-30 minute sleep which is the problem as she starts crying continuously and does not stop until she is picked up and lying with me. I am however putting her back in her basket when she falls asleep again but every time she wakes up she cries and runs around.

    Also I am struggling with her biting, she is biting alot at the moment and I have told her to stop and give her a toy or chew stick which does take her attention away from biting other things for the time being but she is still biting and not paying attention to when i say no and put her away from me.

    I would appreciate if anyone has any ideas on what I should do?
    Alice

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    Hi Alice,

    Oh dear, sounds like you are having fun! (not )
    7 wks is very young to have brought your puppy home and I should imagine she is missing her family very much and the warmth and security that went with it.
    Do you have a small crate that you could put by your bedside at night with a cover over the top, back and sides, somewhere she can make a safe place to be but also somewhere that she will have to stay and learn a sleep routine that fits in with you.
    I have always done this with my pups or a new dog and have put warm blankets, a soft toy or two and a well covered baby hot water bottle in as well, something warm to snuggle up to. If she cries try to reassure her with your voice. I would be reluctant to keep picking her up and putting her down again or she will soon learn that to cry will get her the attention but if you are happy to have her on your bed and she settles down then you have your answer there!
    As for chewing and biting all pups and dogs do this. Chewing relieves stress in a dog and also produces feel good hormones, dogs like to chew and it is part of a dogs life. Provide her with safe good quality chews and toys with sounds and textures to keep her busy. Mine loved nothing better than an old box and empty toilet rolls, an old flower pot from the garden and old socks rolled up into balls, all free stuff!
    It is also good for a puppy to be with it's mum for a good few weeks after 7 wks old as this is when the mother will teach a few manners to their young ones. A bite on mum or siblings and a lesson could well be learnt! they soon learn to play nicely.
    Be firm but gentle with your very young puppy, try to start a daily routine with feeding, naps, play etc and see how she settles. Perhaps when you have had all the puppy vac's completed it might be a nice idea to join a puppy training class so that she can meet other pups and socialise with them, also to play and learn how to be a well behaved confident puppy...very important this bit! also for you if this is your first dog to see just how dogs behave which will help you both.
    Most of all relax and enjoy her as she is a tiny little puppy, please don't expect to much of her at this tender age.

    I'm sure others here will help you as well, hang in there!

    Alison.

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    7weeks is far too young to bring a baby home, it is just starting to learn things from mum.Puppies do chew but you have to be patient ,after all a real human baby does'nt know what is right and wrong at that age either,it will be missing mum and other babies .
    Betty

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    My babies are 7 weeks now. I can't imagine to let them go. They play all day with siblings, they cuddle with mommy, my older boy teaches them manners. If you take them so early what this puppy is going to do all day alone? How will she/he learn social skills with other dogs?

    Now you have to spend a lot of time with your puppy to replace the siblings and mommy - so she is not lonely and also gets the same "education" as she would have gotten if she was still with other puppies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eJoanna View Post
    My babies are 7 weeks now. I can't imagine to let them go. They play all day with siblings, they cuddle with mommy, my older boy teaches them manners. If you take them so early what this puppy is going to do all day alone? How will she/he learn social skills with other dogs?

    Now you have to spend a lot of time with your puppy to replace the siblings and mommy - so she is not lonely and also gets the same "education" as she would have gotten if she was still with other puppies.
    Joanne your babies are really lovely they look as if they are into everything .I love babies at this stage they are so nosey.Do not be in a rush to let them go and you will enjoy them so much. Personally there's two I could steal ,you know which ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruby123 View Post
    Hi there,

    I have recently got a 7 week old cavalier bitch ...

    Also I am struggling with her biting, she is biting alot at the moment and I have told her to stop and give her a toy or chew stick which does take her attention away from biting other things for the time being but she is still biting and not paying attention to when i say no and put her away from me.

    I would appreciate if anyone has any ideas on what I should do?
    Alice
    Try making a little yelp if she bites you, in addition to everything else you're already doing.

    Don't forget too that not only is she just a very little puppy, but I think we can sometimes forget that dogs aren't born understanding English - she still has to learn how all the strange sounds you are making at her actually relate to good or bad actions/behaviour on her part.

    Rosemary

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    Quote Originally Posted by betty storar View Post
    Joanne your babies are really lovely they look as if they are into everything .I love babies at this stage they are so nosey.Do not be in a rush to let them go and you will enjoy them so much. Personally there's two I could steal ,you know which ones.
    Aunt Betty
    Thank you, Aunt Betty!
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    IMy 7 weeks old babies are biting each other trying to "kill" each other. They also try to do it with my pants (hanging on my legs) and everything they can get to. It's normal in that stage
    Greetings from Joanna & Maxi, Zoe & Arabella (Kissabella)

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    an old tip: get a small clock with a loud tick and wrap it well in something soft. Put it in her bed - the tick is supposed to make the pup think of the heartbeats of the other dogs she lived with! If she really bites too much, try taking the scruff of her neck and giving a tiny shake, which is what bitches sometimes do to their pups. I don't mean lift her up by the neck, but just enough to disconcert her. Then when she stops biting, praise her, lots!

    I have to say that if you put her on your bed when she cries, she has already taught YOU to put her there and the more you do it the more difficult it will be to stop. Personally I don't like animals in my bed, but think I'm a minority on this forum!

    Quite a lot of Cavaliers are good at playing alone IF given good toys. A Kong that you can stuff with titbits is good. I remember a friend with another smallish breed watching in amazement when one of mine couldn't get any of the others to play with her. She got a ball, jumped onto the sofa, dropped the ball and then ran after it, repeating the process several times. He said his dogs wouldn't have done that; they'd have sat around waiting for someone to roll the ball for them. No, they weren't Lhasa Apsos!

    Jane

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    I am sorry but I can't agree with you Jane on advising someone to take a 7 week old puppy by the scruff of the neck and giving it a tiny shake, after all I think we are forgetting this is a tiny baby and some people may shake harder than others.and may cause untold damage.
    Betty

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