|Isis with my husband, at 12 weeks old. She was such a little darling!|
New parents are often advised not to pick up their baby every time she cries because the baby will never learn to settle down and go to sleep. She quickly learns that the parents will always pick her up to hold and comfort her when she cries. Puppies, like babies, will usually cry at night when they are put to bed in their new home. They miss their mother and littermates, and are frightened by their new surroundings.
|Isis had giant bat ears when she was a puppy!|
This video was taken with a cell phone when Isis was 12 weeks old. Cell phone video wasn't very good 6 years ago so it's pretty grainy. I still love it though. She's playing with Froggy, the very first toy we bought her.
That was 6 years ago, and to this day I thoroughly regret following that advice. We were so clueless at the time. Now we know better. If I had it to do over again, here is what I would do differently.
>First of all, we should not have placed her crate in another room. I would either put her crate in our bedroom with us or in the hallway right outside our bedroom where she could see and hear us.
> We should have placed an item of clothing with our scent on it in the crate with her. A sock or t shirt would be good. Having our scent in her crate would likely have made her feel more secure.
> I would consider putting a clock wrapped in a blanket in the crate, or one of those stuffed toys that has an electronic “heartbeat” that mimics the sound of a mother’s heartbeat to calm my puppy.
> We should not have let her cry for an hour or more the way we did, I would allow the crying for only a short time before speaking softly to her to calm her down. I would have her remain in her crate to sleep, but attempt to calm her. If the crying was really persistent, for heaven's sake I'd pick her up! Would it really be so bad to pick my frightened puppy up and comfort her?? I don't think so!
Fortunately, things turned out all right for us. We have a super strong bond with our beautiful girl. Isis is a happy , joyful dog who loves everyone she meets, both dog and human! Now we spoil her rotten and we like it that way!
I still feel badly about those first few weeks after we brought Isis home. I can’t change the past but the next time I bring home a puppy, acclimating her to our family will be a very different experience!
|Our beautiful, sweet girl at 5 years old|
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