Collect your puppy early in the morning; this will enable you to have several rehearsals for bedtime. It will help him settle and get used to his new surroundings. If you carry out the following he will not cry during the night and it will prevent separation anxiety for the rest of his life...
If you bring your dog home by car take someone with you who will do the driving and let him lie on your lap, (not the driver, the puppy) this will help him to recognise you as his best friend. Do not let him into the house until he has been into the yard/garden and when you put him down he will probably urinate. If he does, use a phrase like “get one” and use this phrase every time he urinates. Eventually he will pee on command. After he has a pee let him wander around your yard/garden, if it’s not fenced keep him on a lead. After this take him into the house.
If you do the following you will be able to potty train your dog and prevent separation anxiety. Dogs get separation anxiety if they are left alone. Hopefully you realise that you cannot leave your puppy all day, some dogs get very stressed if they are left alone for just a short time. You cannot take them shopping or to the dentists, consequently YOU MUST TRAIN THEM TO BE CONFIDENT WHEN THEY ARE LEFT AND PREVENT SEPARATION ANXIETY.
Puppies need a lot of sleep and he will be tired after sniffing around the garden, he will need to rest and sleep in peace. Do the following to ensure that he does not suffer from separation anxiety and does not miss his mum and his litter mates. This is also vital if you want your dog to be clean and potty trained.
Put your dog in a separate room if possible, then go out of this room and close the door. Open the door immediately and go into the room again, ignore your dog whilst pretending to clean the counter tops or pretend to do something else for a very short time. Go out of the room and immediately go back in again, keep doing this and gradually increase the amount of time which you stay on the other side of the door.
Timing is vital and you must get back into the room BEFORE YOUR PUPPY CRIES. Eventually your puppy will go to sleep and will be convinced that you are just on the other side of the door. When you know that he is asleep stop going into the room, however you MUST LISTEN FOR HIM WAKING UP.
When you know that he is awake, go into the room lift him up and CARRY HIM into the garden for a pee and whilst he is doing this say “get one” and praise him profusely. Puppies need feeding about four times a day, although he may have a pee before his feed you should also take him out again afterwards. You must always take him out when it wakes up and after he has had food or drink. It’s also a good idea to let him explore your yard/garden afterwards and play with him. Before you go to bed, take him out again and when you wake up take him out immediately
It is vital that you continue with the door thing for the first few days. This will stop him crying during the night because he will think that you are close by. To ensure that you have a happy puppy, try to devote all of your time to him for the first two weeks. This will help with potty training, however he will not have any control for the first few months and he will pee during the night... To help him, use newspaper that you have rubbed in one of the pees that he has done outside and leave several layers of newspaper on the floor. Hopefully he will toilet on the newspaper during the night.
You should also encourage visitors as this will help with his socialisation. Later when you able to take him out, walk around supermarket car parks and the perimeter where there are lots of people. Stand at the school gates and watch the children coming out and you MUST take him to puppy classes to get used to other dogs.