I need some serious help with my new B, Mia..
She's 10 weeks old now, so I have nothing but patience with her as she is just a baby, but I can't get a decent nights sleep at all!
She is a pretty good puppy for the most part.. she is great on walks, is very friendly with all other dogs and people. Doesn't pull on the leash, or whine for food. She is really angry at one part of my carpet, but other than that she isn't all that destructive.
The big problem is the crate. I've been reading the posts for tips on how to keep her from peeing and pooping in the crate, but I didn't see anything for excessive nighttime howling. She will sleep in my lap or at my feet for an entire night without so much as a stir… but if she is moved to the crate, she screams and howls. It pains me to ignore it, because it sounds so desperate, but I don't want her to associate her whining with me letting her out. But instead of getting shorter, the howling is getting MUCH worse.
I've tried plastic crates and wire cages. Changed types of blankets and pads. Put a ticking clocking in with her, and a small radio that is barely audible playing some light music. I even tried one of those thick rubber hot water bottles so it would feel like a body under her blanket (I'm sure you all can figure out how that one ended haha)