Crying and biting Springer Spaniel puppy?
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I recently (a week ago today, in fact) picked up my English Springer Spaniel puppy, Ollie, from his breeder who we had been in contact with for a month previously.
I've read around online a lot and it seems that all puppies cry the first few nights they are away from their litter mates, but Ollie is still doing it. For the first six days we let him sleep on a little bed downstairs (though he never did, and ended up on the staircase outside the child gate), then yesterday we bought him a crate because he was practically screaming the house down and my dad (being a big old softy) couldn't resist going downstairs to comfort him (this is obviously counter productive to making the crying stop in the long run).
So last night he was crated in my bedroom, and I had to get up every two hours because he would wake up whimpering. I gave him a drink each time, took him outside to the toilet (he's progressing well with house training) and then had to sit with a boisterous puppy for 20+ minutes until he fell asleep and I could crate him again.
I just wanted to know when I can expect him to start being more independent and to sleep through without whimpering? We've tried everything to comfort him; even the old ticking-clock and hot water bottle tricks, but nothing helps.
Also, opinions on crating a Springer? I literally just read somewhere a few minutes ago that they don't like kennel environments, and I wondered if a crate qualifies. Also should the crate only be used with him through puppy-hood, and swapped for his former bed when he is older?
Ah, another thing; he has a soft teddy, a soft squeaking toy, a pull rope, a ball and several blankets and even a slipper (this made me laugh), but he keeps biting at peoples feet, hands, clothes and even their faces. Anything I can do?
Thank you in advance!