The first couple of nights can be the most challenging for your new puppy, but there are ways of making the transition easier. Puppy has been sleeping with his littermates in a warm snuggly night area, and through the day playing and socializing with them and other puppy friends. He may feel a little lonely for a few days, having a blanket with familiar smells to cuddle up to at night can definitely help puppy with the settling in process (we provide this). Having a hot water bottle ( not too hot ) or placing a ticking clock under the blankets to imitate the heartbeat of Mum may also help. Liberty Labradoodles encourage people to crate train their puppy, as a way to teach him his boundaries through the night,(we provide crate training info in your puppy pack) This is a personal opinion and every household will differ. If you google crate training you will find all the information needed. This way of sleeping does not suit every household but we feel it will benefit you and your puppy in the long run.
It is a good idea to decide early where you would like your puppy to sleep and be consistent.
Should you choose to use a crate, be sure to choose one large enough to accommodate your dog when fully grown. Dogs like their crate to feel like den like, you can cover pups crate with a specially designed/fitted crate cover or simply use blankets to help your puppy feel safe and secure while in their crate at night. While he is still small it can be a good idea to attach a puppy play pen to the crate, this way puppy can leave the crate in order to stretch his legs, have a snack/drink or toilet outside of the crate, you can place some puppy wee pads or newspaper outside of the crate.
There is a large choice of dog beds on the market. Outside beds are best if raised off the ground.
CRYING AT NIGHT
Puppies learn from an early age that crying is what will gain them attention from their mother. Considering all the changes they go through in the first few days, it’s very normal and no surprise that you will hear them whimpering/howling/barking. There are many different ways to handle your puppy’s first few nights. You can try to ignore it(not always easy). You can get up occasionally, trying to remind him that he’s not alone. He will also need to be taken out a couple of times during the night for toilet breaks. Perhaps there is really no right answer, but most experts agree that you should establish your routine right away. You need to establish the boundaries and rules early that you expect your puppy AND you to live by.