9 week old shiba puppy at night – is he potty-whining or attention-whining?

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Hey people, first time poster in puppy 101! My boyfriend and I adopted a gorgeous shiba puppy a few days ago and we love him to bits. The first night he was with us he slept all through the night, but the second and now third – he’s done a fair amount of whining (and even a few little howls/shiba screams here and there) throughout the night. The thing is, I really don’t know how to tell if he needs to pee or if he just wants attention until it’s too late and I’ve already taken him out.

I really can’t say with 100% certainty if he peed any of the times I took him out of the crate these past two nights, because it feels dreamlike and I was half asleep. I can say with confidence however that for the most part – he did NOT pee. He was just really excited to be with me and jumped around. When I let him out, I don’t say a word to him, I don’t pat him, and then I put him straight back in after a couple of minutes. The way I’ve been doing it is – if he whines for longer than like 5 minutes I’ll get up and let him out. Otherwise, if the soft whimpers go away after a couple of minutes I just go back to sleep and hope for the best.

He’s in a crate in our bedroom, and a friend suggested we try leaving him in another room? We’ve been leaving him alone in a playpen in the living room connected to his crate for short intervals – like when my boyfriend left for the grocery store yesterday, I hid in another room making no noise for 40 minutes and he whined for 2 minutes then not another peep. Maybe this would work at night too? Maybe he’s whining because he sees us? Any input would be appreciated!

Note – unfortunately he tested positive for giardia at the vet yesterday (most definitely contracted before we brought him home) and while he’s showing zero symptoms and seems happy and healthy, I’m afraid of dehydration so I also wonder if the whining could be because he’s thirsty. Am I overthinking it? Should I ignore him all night? I’ve been trying to use my best judgment, but even though I’m an experienced dog owner, this is my first time with “my own” and I really want to do this right. I’ve only known him for 3 days and I already can’t imagine my life without him.

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