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thanks guys i literally cannot wait till she comes home with me. iv bought in evetything i need apart from the crate. im struggling to hide everything as my kids have no idea wots happening so im trying hard not to ruin the surprise

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12 hours ago, steevo said:

thanks guys emoji3.png emoji3.png i literally cannot wait till she comes home with me. iv bought in evetything i need apart from the crate. im struggling to hide everything as my kids have no idea wots happening so im trying hard not to ruin the surprise

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O how fun! 

I wish I had crates for mine from the start. It would have made things easier. LOL

But the crate would be hard to hide. Hehhee 

Should video their reaction. It’s going to be awesome. 

I am really bad at keeping a surprise from my kids. I get so excited. LOL Good luck.

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hi guys. i brought my baby home on Friday. slightly earlier than meant to be. Her name is Mia. Amazine little dog i must admit apart from bed times thats a total different scenario. iv only slept about 3 hours each nite since bringing her home20190118_180620.jpg

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The sleep deprivation I don't miss but my wife said it's good practice for when we have kids. They are very cute and fun at this stage. Persist with routine at night as they learn very quickly. It gets better, ours was a fast learner and slept through the night after about a week and had no disturbances

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The sleep deprivation I don't miss but my wife said it's good practice for when we have kids. They are very cute and fun at this stage. Persist with routine at night as they learn very quickly. It gets better, ours was a fast learner and slept through the night after about a week and had no disturbances

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do you have any tips for night times? last nite i changed it up a bit. i left her crate open which i new she would leave but i never heard a peep till 6.30am ( 20 mins ago ) and no accidents. let her straight out to the garden and she done a pee and poop. i thot rather than lock her in the cage and get her distressed i would try to build her confidence that we will always be back. id say lastnite was a sucsess. but i am defo up for help and ideas for the crate

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do you have any tips for night times? last nite i changed it up a bit. i left her crate open which i new she would leave but i never heard a peep till 6.30am ( 20 mins ago ) and no accidents. let her straight out to the garden and she done a pee and poop. i thot rather than lock her in the cage and get her distressed i would try to build her confidence that we will always be back. id say lastnite was a sucsess. but i am defo up for help and ideas for the crate

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We haven't crate trained ours properly, she travels in my Ute in a crate with trips up to 3 hours long. Others on here have crate trained and would be best to advise. It sounds like you have the right idea though and not forcing her in or keeping her in there for long periods. Feeding in the crate and treating/rewarding can make it easier too

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The sleep deprivation I don't miss but my wife said it's good practice for when we have kids. They are very cute and fun at this stage. Persist with routine at night as they learn very quickly. It gets better, ours was a fast learner and slept through the night after about a week and had no disturbances

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It is good practice, but my dogs learnt how to sleep through quicker than my baby has she’s gone backwards at 5 months from waking 3 times a night to every hour

Very cute pup congrats!


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Sounds like you are doing the right thing.

Mine are not properly crate trained. I feed them and treat them in their crates. They are always left open so they go in and out of them when they want. But I do not leave them locked in. 

I am working with mine to be loose in the house while I am gone. Slower process then if I had crate trained LOL

The first month or so was hell at night. Until I found a routine that worked for both the family and the pups. I still have to get up at 4 AM to let the girl out but luckily she goes back to sleep. 

I set an alarm for every two hours and then three hours and then four hours. Stayed at four for a long while. I think the boy started sleeping through out the night at 4 months.

 

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so with the crate training.... i am going to leave the crate open for the next few nites and then gradualy see about closing the gate. i had her in work today and she was getting left in the office while i was in the workshop. i heard the odd howl but nothin to extreme so that should hopefully strengthen the fact that i will always return when shes left. its weird cause she likes to lie in my cupboard under the stairs for some reason. i closed the door over but not fully closed and she lay there for ages and fell asleep. its just the crate she doesnt like

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the guy i bought her from messaged me today and he is shocked she is not settling in cage as she was in cage no problem in his house. ok she had brothers n sisters with her

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She’s gorgeous!
I didn’t crate train my 2, they hated it and people advised persistence but I knew my end game was to allow them to sleep wherever they chose. Maybe there’s a cold draught in the cupboard under the stairs, they do prefer it cooler.


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Sooo cute!

Both of mine started off great being in the same crate. I think it does make a difference. 

But then got bigger and they cannot both fit. O they try though. LOL

 

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im actually now considering buying another crate thats smallet and fit next to my bed. with regards to letting her sleep were she choses how would that be wen its time to leave them alone? for instance going to shop or giving some1 a quick visit?

I dont know if im looking at this all wrong but i have in my head that if i allow her to sleep anywere in the house she will no doubt choose by my side which will not help with the being able to leave her alone.

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I started leaving them for 5 mins, going out of the house and coming back in, no fuss when leaving or returning, so as to normalise leaving them alone. Then I slowly built the time they were left, 5 mins to 10 etc and I did this several times a day, doing this also prevents separation anxiety. I can leave them safely now for up to 6-7 hours but it’s taken the best part of 18 months to achieve this.
I also had a safety gate by the kitchen door to restrict access to all of the rooms until they behaved appropriately, and when they misbehaved I’d give them a time out and then bring them back into the room, I won’t lie, it was hard work but positive reinforced training pays off. You have to build up the time you leave her slowly because if left for long periods of time husky’s become bored and destructive, you also have to take into account the changes they go through when the prey drive kicks in because she’ll listen to you selectively, and that once adoring puppy who followed you around on command becomes a headstrong, selectively deaf independent demon


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I started leaving them for 5 mins, going out of the house and coming back in, no fuss when leaving or returning, so as to normalise leaving them alone. Then I slowly built the time they were left, 5 mins to 10 etc and I did this several times a day, doing this also prevents separation anxiety. I can leave them safely now for up to 6-7 hours but it’s taken the best part of 18 months to achieve this.
I also had a safety gate by the kitchen door to restrict access to all of the rooms until they behaved appropriately, and when they misbehaved I’d give them a time out and then bring them back into the room, I won’t lie, it was hard work but positive reinforced training pays off. You have to build up the time you leave her slowly because if left for long periods of time husky’s become bored and destructive, you also have to take into account the changes they go through when the prey drive kicks in because she’ll listen to you selectively, and that once adoring puppy who followed you around on command becomes a headstrong, selectively deaf independent demon


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thats great thanks. i have today off work amd will be doing this. so at nite times what do you do with a pup that cant be left alone any more than the 5 minutes initially. do you think the crate in bedroom is a good idea? i am stuck between a rock and a hard place as i have a 7 year old who would be getting his sleep interupted and a 2 year old.... well that 1 is self explanitory 🤣. my wife wants me to bring her up the stairs 2nite so i can get a sleep 🤣 i dont have a smaller crate yet so she will be free roam 2nite if i do. am i being to fussy especially the fact that she is only 8 weeks and 3 days old.

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I bring mine back to the bedroom, leave the door open (my male has a thing about being shut in in anything) then I put a kiddy gate in the hallway.

Have options for her. Have a crate on one side, make a little bed somewhere else and then she has the portion of the hallway. 

Make sure there is nothing she can chew or swallow in her reach.

The main issue I had is that they would get under the bed and ate the  material under there.

I used a desk mat (the plastic mat the the desk chair goes on). Cut into strips and put it pokey side up. Works great for not allowing them on the couch too. Watch your toes in the middle of the night. LOL not a good feeling at 2 or 3 in the morning. LOL

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Lovely pic! It all depends on whether you want to crate train her or not, I didn’t so I’m not much help in that department. I took mine out every hour to pee during the day and night so I didn’t get much sleep for 2 weeks and I brought him upstairs with me at night, I slept with one eye open! Cai was 17 weeks old when I brought Luka blue home and they both slept in the kitchen with a safety gate at the door.
With your pup being so young she may not settle on her own, if you put a crate in your bedroom or a dog bed she may settle in it to sleep but you’ll need to take her out to pee otherwise she’ll do it in the bedroom, she’s too young to hold it in all night. As 2Huskyfun said be very aware of getting hold of anything she can chew, she’ll be like a teething baby at this age, everything is for chewing, your arms and hands included! Have plenty of chew toys around for her, when my 2 tried to chew on us we all had toys to hand to give to them. If you can I’d advise plenty of research, husky’s are an amazing breed but require consistent training and lots of patience, once you have built up the trust between you and you have an established bond, training becomes easier. Good luck!


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I got caught up with sleeping on the couch when they were babies.

Did not want them waking up the family. Having two was awesome. They did not and still are not on the same bathroom schedule. 🤣.

But back to my point.... I ended up sleeping on the couch for 7 months. Even after they got house broken. They just did not feel comfortable in the bedroom. It has taken about a month for them to settle down through out the night in the bedroom.

My girl still has accidents but luckily she goes on the tile either in the bathroom or in the hallway if I don’t hear her stirring and I forgot to set an alarm to get up.

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