Hi there, I'm new and have a few questions. We have a 12 week old female black lab puppy. She is our first pet. We're feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that goes with a new puppy as there is so much more to it than my husband and I expected. We also have 4 children so its a busy household. We are using the crate for night time and for the most part she is happy enough in there but there's no consistency to how long she will sleep. We put her in around 11 and some nights she has gone till 6/6.15. Last night she woke at 4.30 so I brought her out, she did a pee straightaway and I put her back in the crate and sat in the chair beside her as she was giving out a little. I sat there for about 15, all was quiet but when I headed upstairs she started again so I tried to take her out to check for toilet again but she wouldn't go out. She then proceeded to chew in a mat for a few minutes but then went on lay on a cushion on the ground, ready for sleep. I lifted her back into the crate, stayed a few more minutes and left. She slept then for about another hour. I don't like hearing her whine in case she genuinely needs the toilet but also don't want to be giving her bad habits. We have her 3 weeks now and while there's definitely improvement in her sleep, we're knackered! She is a lovely girl and fairly calm most of the time. We're working on training but worrying we're doing it all wrong. She will sit almost always, stay and down sometimes. She can have a crazy half hour too nipping, barking etc. She also eats her poo a lot. I'm fairly vigilant but she can turn around and eat it the minute she's done it. I leave the crate open during the day and she goes in and out but also naps anywhere she fancies too which I don't mind. I had to leave her home alone last week twice with the longest time being 1.5 hours. She whimpered a bit and was ok, I texted my neighbour and she said all was quiet. Anyways, sorry for that essay but if anyone has any relevant advice, id really appreciate it. Thanks.