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    Puppies bark mainly because they are lonely or bored. In the wild dogs are a pack animal and not designed for being on their own, get him a mate, i find it much easier to rear two puppies together and they are much happier.

    Also Terriers are an active little dog and become bored very easy, get him some interesting challenging toys, try the kongs that you put food in, personally i wouldn't use any type of antebarking collar on any dog let alone a puppy.

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    i have 2 westies. juz let ur westie sleep in ur room. think it will solve ur problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kultchris View Post
    nope, it sleeps in the living room . Sometimes the puppy feels hungry in the middle of the night like say 2am ? den we feed it and after tat ard 5am it barks again until we give her food. She will not relent till she is fed. Other times she just cant sleep.
    Hi kultchris,

    As some pple mentioned here, most common reason puppies bark is because of feeling lonely or bored.

    The terrier breeds like yours are energetic and get bored easily. A well-exercised dog will sleep better at night. Have you walked and exercised your dog sufficiently? This breed needs at least a good walk a day. You can also exercise her by playing fetch (most puppies love to play this) and giving her stimulating toys like Kong stuffed with treats/ peanut butter(good if you are working and have no time in the day to entertain her; she can expend her energy playing by herself). Do note too that while they need lots of exercise, you must take care not to over-exert her as her bones are not fully developed yet and over-exertion decreases the immune system, which is already lower in puppies. Have multiple short sessions of walks and play.

    The asking for food could also be due to boredom. Are you feeding her the correct amount? If your puppy is the correct weight, then your feeding should be correct. Feel the hip area - you should not be able to feel bones and not able to feel excess meat - that is the ideal weight. Otherwise, you will need to adjust her diet. And since you are now giving her extra meals at night, you need to account for that. Transfer the extra feeding into the 2 meals a day and don't feed her any more.

    You need to let your puppy feel secure. Puppies tend to feel insecure when left alone, esp. when they can't see anyone. Let her sleep somewhere near you. If you can't have that arranged, then let her sleep at the nearest place to you, where she is able to see you. Getting her used to a crate is a good idea too. This way, she has her own 'den' in which she feels secure to sleep in. You will need to do crate training for this.

    I understand your anxiety over her barking and fear that neighbours may complain. And there are milder bark collars like spray and vibration collars. But I don't recommend using even these mild bark collars on puppies. Puppies are in a phase of development whereby they are getting to know and understand the world. What they experience can have permanent effects on how they perceive things and respond to them. They can be very sensitive. At this stage, you don't want to develop any fears or phobias in the puppy. You want to raise a confident puppy who knows his place in the family (you have to show him it's below) and knows how to interact with other dogs (you need to socialise her properly).

    Try using positive reinforcement methods over negative ones. If your tone is correct (stern, low, curt) and you are serious in your reprimand/command (you mean it when you scold/command the puppy, not scold and in your heart and mind think, poor thing, etc.), the puppy will understand it even without physical negative correction. Dogs understand tones - wrong or right - you're happy or displeased, etc - but it's harder for humans to understand this so many people can't say it right and resort to the short cut of physical correction. I have dealt with many dogs and have found that most dogs respond well to verbal correction. Only the very stubborn, persistent and not eager to please breeds/dogs may require physical correction to get them to obey. Obedience and training can also be harder if the dog does not see your as alpha or above him in the hierarchy. Please read up on how to be the alpha.

    I do know that Westies can tend to bark and they have a very loud and sharp bark, esp. for their size. Don't panic or get anxious/ stressed when she starts to bark. She will know it and take advantage of it. Always appear confident and calm in front of your dog and esp. when dealing with it. This is the making of the alpha. You need to be persistent and patient in your training too. It will not be done within a few days. All the best to you!

    (Btw, how old is your puppy?)
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    hi Kultchris,

    I agreed with niki's suggestion. Most of the Puppies are unable to sleep through the night when they first come home to their new owners. My puppy barks non-stop in the middle of the night too, I let her sleep besides me and the barking stop. I think your puppy felt insecure sleeping in a new and unfamiliar environment, but by getting the puppy to sleep with you, most or less it'll settle and sleep.

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    I think your puppy is either insecure, frightened or hungry in the middle of the night.

    For the insecurity issues, you have already gotten your answers from others. Some puppies are afraid to sleep in the dark so do keep a light on. Now that your puppy is separated from her mum, she is unable to get her milk supply. Did you buy milk replacement for her to drink? It will not only help in her growth but also keep her fuller and she can sleep better.

    kultchris, how old is your puppy? Feed her milk till she is about 6 months old.
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    Where are puppies at night usually? They are found next to their mom, sleeping beside and occasionally sucking milk, feeling comfortable and loved.

    Where should your puppy be now?

    The answer is right above.

    If you cant provide the similar comfort and secureness, why not return the puppy to its mom till it is ripe for your adoption/keep sake? If cant rebond the mother-child relationship, then you have to bear with it and even sleep with it - feeding just a little each time to ensure there is comfort, food and warmth.

    If you cant provide the basic things for the growing puppy, it may have a bad "puppyhood" and the scares will remain till it becomes adult.

    I am no expert in pet raising, but i have always have a dog at home and I learnt the difficulties of raising a puppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contaxable View Post
    Where are puppies at night usually? They are found next to their mom, sleeping beside and occasionally sucking milk, feeling comfortable and loved.

    Where should your puppy be now?

    The answer is right above.

    If you cant provide the similar comfort and secureness, why not return the puppy to its mom till it is ripe for your adoption/keep sake? If cant rebond the mother-child relationship, then you have to bear with it and even sleep with it - feeding just a little each time to ensure there is comfort, food and warmth.

    If you cant provide the basic things for the growing puppy, it may have a bad "puppyhood" and the scares will remain till it becomes adult.

    I am no expert in pet raising, but i have always have a dog at home and I learnt the difficulties of raising a puppy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JT-Fied View Post
    firstly, DUN U EVEN FREAKING DARE THINK OF GETTING THE ANTI BARK COLLARS!!! do you even know how it works? would u like to get a jolt of electricity down yr neck everytime you speak.
    No wonder cost $270+, it's an electronic device. $270+ & batteries not included surely. Ni-Mh batteries recommended. Or Panasonic Oxyride for long lasting use.

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    The problem of letting a puppy, not toilet trained to sleep beside you.. is that it is not toilet trained. Though now i let my dog sleep on my bed, but hell.. when he was a puppy, he just let it go....
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    Quote Originally Posted by weevil84 View Post
    Pups need to feel safe especially when very young since they are "forcefully" removed from their siblings and mother. They still safer sleeping with a "crowd". There are a number of ways to help pups get through the yappy stage (it's quite a normal stage). Some pups are satisfied with a large soft toy while I have heard of methods like caging in the room etc. Also it might be helpful to have a nightlight. Puppies are like babies, they have short sleep cycles. So they wake, play, eat, do business, sleep a few times a day and seldom do you get puppies that sleep through the night. I strongly discourage the use of bark collars on puppies though. I agree with +evenstar that stern discipline does help also. But please do not treat your pup as a human baby. Save the baby talk and "awwwww its ok its ok, don't be scared" for your baby cousins, nieces and nephews. As mentioned by +evenstar, a dog needs to know its place in the family i.e bottom rung of the ladder/hierarchy. Do not ever cuddle or show empathy for your dog after discipline. Many people, especially thoes with small dogs, go cuddle and pat the dog the moment after disciplining the dog, just because it whimpered or weeped. Dogs perceive sentiments and too much of soft sentiments makes you seem weak and since the dog regards you as family, it will want to protect you and may develop alpha dog mentality. The result will be constant growling/barking/biting/territorial behaviour etc. You can google more about it. Lotsa info on the net.
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    I don't have a dog, but your information was enlightening.
    Like the above, I also do not own a dog, but this is informative.

    Now when I see those people with dogs at my HDB neighbourhoods, I know who is the Alpha-master, who is the pet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar View Post
    few knocks on the nose (most sensitive part) and a stern "NO. QUIET" will usually keep him quiet, and he'll hide in a corner and weep.
    NEVER do this to dogs. Do not knock on their noses (unless for self defense) & even if you were to cane, roll up old newspaper to do it. Cheap, effective & doesn't hurt too much. Stern voices help.

    Puppies are like babies. They need constant feeding & attention. You must be ready to take up the responsibilities. I know it's a little late for TS to learn this now & good to hear that you are trying to be a "parent". Don't pamper them too much as well or you'll have no life with it sticking to you for dear life. It'll improve after 2-3 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NineEleven View Post
    NEVER do this to dogs. Do not knock on their noses (unless for self defense) & even if you were to cane, roll up old newspaper to do it. Cheap, effective & doesn't hurt too much. Stern voices help.

    Puppies are like babies. They need constant feeding & attention. You must be ready to take up the responsibilities. I know it's a little late for TS to learn this now & good to hear that you are trying to be a "parent". Don't pamper them too much as well or you'll have no life with it sticking to you for dear life. It'll improve after 2-3 months.
    difficult to know your strength if using newspapers. when i mentioned "knock", does not mean hit hard, rather just like tapping on the nose

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    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar View Post
    difficult to know your strength if using newspapers. when i mentioned "knock", does not mean hit hard, rather just like tapping on the nose
    aaah, words get misunderstood in forums & thanks for the clarification. But please do refrain from touching dog's nose unless u want to kiss it.

    Anyway, when I use rolled newspaper, I only hit the upper hind legs=butt. Never the head or body & don't take your dog as a "venting dummy". So, please exercise your strength with diligence even when u are angry. Esp. puppies.

    Come to think of it, I have not been using it for many years now. Once your pet dog obeys you, it will listen & be your best buddy. Even if they did something wrong, they'll be sorry

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    Agree with hitting above hind legs. In fact you do not need to hit hard at all. Once they link hitting with discipline, even slight tap with stern command (disciplinary tone) will cause the doggy to yelp... Anyway I don't have a dog since my Girl-Girl died. I have a cat now instead! My gf has a yorkie though...

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    Kultchris, any updates on your puppy?
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    hey guys , thanks for all the advise. I tried to put her in my room but she barks too. Now I am Just trying every recommended method . Hopefully things work out well. That she grows out of barking, at night . Appreciate all the help and advise !

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    Has the situation at least improved? I sure do hope so. Anyway every pup is different and there's no surefire method I guess. All the best!

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