Originally Posted by NavyWife97
...as puppies can not hold their bladders very long and the longer they are forced to wait the higher the risk of a bladder infection, urinary tract infection, ect. can occur.
With Seamus, this is especially true!
I KNOW he can hold his bladder AT LEAST for an hour and a half, but if he feels like going, he just GOES (and it doesn't matter where he is ... lap, couch, bed ... it's all good).
As for the puppy whining at night in her crate, ignore it. If you give him attention while he is whining, he learning whining = love from human.
With Seamus, during the day I would put him in his crate for 30 minutes. If he starts to cry, I ignore it. If the crying continues for over 15 minutes, I cover his door with a towel. After that, I wait for his crying to stop for a consecutive 10 minutes. If it does, I calmly
walk to his crate, take off the towel, open the door, and let him walk out while telling him what a good boy he is and sometimes giving him a treat.
ONCE the crying consisted for over an HOUR. I walked over to the crate, tapped (not hit) the top and said "HUSH" in a very mean, sharp tone. And then I waited for 10 minutes of quiet before letting him out.
So, Seamus knows now that the only way to get out of his crate is to be quiet, which is exactly what you want for the night time.
However, your puppy is young, so if he DOES sleep in his crate at night but later on starts crying, take him out because he's probably telling you he has to pee.