● "How to make my puppy stop whining in the crate?"
I hope you have English as your 2nd or 3rd language, because you certainly do NOT know what the word "make" means.
If English is your ONLY language, then please don't have any children - although a male & a female human can work together to MAKE an embryo which might get born and become a baby, you can't then MAKE the child DO anything. The same applies to MAKING a puppy DO or STOP DOING anything.
"Make" is an extremely diverse word, with many, many meanings as a verb, and several as a noun.
👀 "manufacture" is the prime meaning of MAKE.
Meanings 1 & 2 in: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/defini...
👀 "force" is the next meaning of MAKE. Meaning 3 in that web-page, the expert on the English language.
Merriam-Webster and others use the Yanklish language, which has moved FAR from being the English language it started from at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 onwards; the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 onwards; and the Quakers at Salem, New Jersey in 1675 onwards.
Having read the rest of your question, there is only ONE possible answer:
🤢 RETURN the puppy to whoever you got it from.
NO WAY does your current life-style make you suitable to care for, raise, and TRAIN a puppy. I doubt that you are even suitable to adopt an older pooch at present.
See, although 7-to-8 weeks old is, in my long experience, the IDEAL age to rehome a puppy (never trust politicians to actually KNOW the developmental stages of animals!), and that pups MUST be rehomed before 10 weeks old or retained by the breeder/rescuer until 4½ months old, there are various ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENTS before a puppy should be allowed to be available. GOOD animal rescue organisations such as the SPCA have inspectors who do their best to ensure that these conditions are met:
🤯1: The puppy seeker MUST have a back door that opens straight into a securely-fenced back yard, so that the pup can be picked up and INSTANTLY carried to that yard and placed there until it remembers what it wanted to do 9piddler and/or poo) so DOES it.
🤯2: The puppy seeker MUST be a "homebody" or MUST be able to choose to stay home 24/7 for the first 2 or 3 weeks beginning the day they bring Pup home. The first week, in particular, is CRUCIAL for such as developing the pup's trust in the new human, and for the human to learn how to predict when the pup needs to go toilet so TAKES it to the toilet-area and STANDS there boringly still&silent until Pup remembers what it wanted to do, so does it. Whereupon the human instantly praises & rewards the pup.
🤯3: The puppy seeker MUST thereafter be able to ensure that Pup is NOT left unsupervised for longer than 2 or 3 hours except in a roofed security pen with a built-in raised sleeping box. That can be extended to 8 hours as of when Pup is 5 or 6 months old. But although water must be always available, the meals (preferably 3, spaced evenly throughout the day) must be timed carefully so that an INDOORS dog doesn't need to piddle-poo before its pet-human arrives home, nor while the pet-human is boringly asleep. While teaching and after my wife took a job in Parliament, I chose schools close enough to home for me to drive home, attend to the pup or pups, then return to school, all during the lunch break.
🤯4: The puppy seeker MUST have transport to get human+pup to & from a weekly training group, in order for the human to be observed & COACHED to improve his/her awareness, body-language, timing, and his/her use of the leash, praise&rewards, voice tones.
Whether you meet the 4th requirement, I don't know. But you certainly don't currently meet the first 3.
● "I recently got a 8 week old puppy who is part German Shepard and Labrador."
Impossible. There is no such thing as a "German Shepard" - indeed, there is no English or German word "shepard", except as a family name invented by some of William the Conqueror's Norman scribes sent out to find out everyone in England's name and taxable wealth - it was recorded as the Domesday Book.
But when a peasant was asked his name a replied "John the shepherd", some scribes thought that he was saying his surname, & they mis-spelled it as Shepard or Sheperd or Shephard or Sheppard or Shepperd. The name Johnson and various others ending with "son" or "sen" have the same origin, the peasant having stated "I am John's son" or "I am Steven's son" or "I am Tom's son".
"My" breed's real name is in German: Deutsche Schäferhund, which translates EXACTLY as the 3 words: German Shepherd Dog, because it is a dog/hund developed in Germany/Deutscheland to shepherd(=herd sheep)/Schäfer.
● "She's a fantastic puppy, doesn't chew too many things"
ONE chomped item is TOO MANY!
● "her only down fall is that she whines, cries and screams when put in her crate. I've put a nice cozy blanket in there with some toys to try and get her more comfortable in it,"
The blanket helps soften the contacts with her elbows, hips, jaw. But what use are the "toys"?
A dog's only use for "toys" is to interact with a litter-mate or pet-human - games such as "Catch me if you can" against the siblings, and "Fetch" with their human. I HOPE that she receives a suitable raw gnaw-bone each time you leave home or go to bed.
👿Have the neighbours started COMPLAINING to your landlord yet?
No-one expects to have to tolerate "whines, cries and screams" while they are awake. They CERTAINLY don't expect to have to while they are trying to sleep!
Does she "whine, cry and scream" while YOU are trying to sleep during the day-time?
Although I had a dog while I was at primary school, I didn't have one during the years I was at boarding school, teachers' college,+university, and a carefree bachelor (although I did have a couple of independent tabby cats once I became a teacher in rural districts). My first GSD was demanded as her "bride price" by my bride.
● "it's a big cage by the way, big enough to still use once she gets older and fully grown."
You've mentioned nothing about how you prepare the crate for when she is forced to piddle-poo in there. Before returning to work after the annual holiday you took (or SHOULD have taken!) so you could settle her in and house-train her, you SHOULD have trained her to perform THOSE functions on enough layers of old newspaper to prevent it soaking through to the bottom of the crate while were absent t asleep. And made sure that there is plenty of room for her to stretch out without her paws or coat being contaminated by the faeces or urine.
A fully grown dog should NOT need to be crated, except while travelling, such as by aeroplane.
● "I work an 8 hour long, night shift"
Which means you are AWAY from home much longer! How long on work days between when you shut the front door as you leave and when you open it as you return? Nowadays, an 8 hour work-day tends to require the worker to be absent from home for 10 or more hours. Some cities have begun banning private transport from industrial and retail areas, to reduce the congestion & traffic jams. More will copy that lead.
● "can't let her run around the house while im home because there is nobody to watch her."
THAT is nonsense.
"while im home" is (once you change "im" to "I'm") the only time when there IS somebody to watch her! And to INTERACT with her.
But it is obvious that at present YOU are not suitably set up to be a dog owner.
So return the pup to the pet shop or con-artist BYBer you got her from, and spend the next 5+ years finding a suitable job that will allow you to support a stay-at-home spouse and a dwelling with secure fencing and accommodation for a 3-person+dog ("electric"?) vehicle.
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King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968