puppy has been waking and screaming/type howling in the middle of the night like, house lights out at 10:00, by midnightish it starts.
last night I took her out at midnight and right to the potty spot for at least a half hour finally she pooped, lots of praise and back in held her for just a few minutes till it was her idea to go back into the crate then covered the whole crate with a blanket.
she was fine for three hours tops then it started again she has comfy things and a soft bear toy to snuggle with? what next ? NEVER MIND,! JUST READ ON A BIT, I will try every time she cries.
Outside at midnight with the skunks and whatnot, but if she really has to go why does it take a half hour of freezing? ultimately I won.
Most puppies need at least one potty break during the night for the first few weeks. The 'trick' is to make sure that they are waking up to eliminate, not to play or get attention.
First of all, make sure your puppy eats her evening meal about no later than about 6:30pm, and pick up her water bowl by around 7:30pm. That way she has plenty of time to empty her bladder and bowels before bedtime.
When she wakes up after being asleep for a few hours, go to her right away and take her outside. I know how frustrating it is to be out in the cold at 1am with a puppy who wants to explore the whole yard, but stick with it. It's important to make these trips 'business only'. Minimal talking, only use your 'trigger phrase' for her potty habits, no eye contact or playing/pettting, and some QUIET praise when she eliminates. Then she goes back in her crate immediately. Lights out, everyone back to bed - and ignore her crying and complaining.
Once she's gone back to sleep, if she wakes 2 or 3 hours later, repeat the whole process. In a few weeks she will cut back on these night-time outings naturally, as her bladder control improves. It may seem like this will last forever, but I promise you it won't.
If she thinks that these midnight potty breaks are fun or interesting, she will be more likely to keep waking up for them, even when she is old enough to 'hold it' all night. It's your job to make sure she gets to go outside to pee/poop, but don't make this fun!
Check out my Crate Training A Puppy and Potty Training pages for more tips and advice.
Best of luck with your new pup.