Night Time Puppy Question…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it’s good that she’s waking you up to let you know she needs to go, especially since she’s so young!!  If you play with her afterwards, it may become a habit for her.  I would take her out when she needs to go, then back into her crate until you’re ready to wake up.  No fuss, no play. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsD41503:  You have it really good that she loves her crate so much!  Since your brother is being such a doll and playing with her a few times throughout the day, I’m sure it won’t make a difference to her if she spends a few extra hours in the morning in her crate. 

What time do you normally wake up for work?

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsD41503:  Our puppy would get up to play like that too, but after bathroom he’d go back in the kennel. We never sat up to play with him because then he’d expect it. If at 3:00 he wanted to go out, he’d go, but then he’d go right back into his kennel. We’d get up, do his morning routine, and then he would be kenneled duirng the day when we would work. I feel like they are kind of like children (and learn even faster) if you play at 4:00 then puppy will learn this is ok. Don’t worry about her not being worn out during the day. She’s a puppy and will more than likely be tired.

Our dog is now 7 months. I hardly consider him a puppy anymore because he’s a huge St. Bernard, but when we went through the time change a few weeks ago, he started waking up at 5:30 instead of 6:30. He was also going to bed an hour earlier on his own. We have been keeping him wake later by feeding him a little food and then in the morning if he needs out at 5:30 we take him to go potty, but then he needs to go straight to bed. We don’t kennel him at night anymore though because he hasn’t messed.

 

Hopefully some of this helped?

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@MrsD41503:  I think she’ll grow out of waking up at 4, so I would continue to get up with her as long as needed.

My pup who is now a year and a half, sleeps from when we go to bed until when we get up. 

When we first got him, he would wake up super early to go potty like your pup does. We would take him out, play with him, and he would eventually nap a few hours later. 

Keep doing what your doing and I think she’ll start sleeping later as she gets older. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsD41503:  We had a similar situation.  Our puppy loved (still loves) her crate and had no issues with going in there on her own.  She would go to sleep at night and sleep until about 4-5AM.  Then she’d be awake for several hours before sleeping again.  We used to alternate waking up with her and supervising her playing because she couldn’t be left alone.

We didn’t change much, but she just eventually slowly started waking up later.  Plus, I wake up around 6:30 for work, so now she’s used to that being her wake up time.  On weekends she’ll wake up at 6:30 (she’ll whine forever!), I’ll let her pee and then she goes back to sleep for another couple hours.

It might be just as simple as her growing up and sleeping in later.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsD41503:  Napoleon would always cry after being placed back in , but only for a few minutes. He was a really good puppy. Ther was only one or two nights where he cried longer than 15 minutes, and my husband just said to leave him be and don’t go in there becuase that’s what he wants.

Napoleon was overall a good little puppy when it came to the kennel. We made sure to have a toy or two in there so he could play by himself.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our dog spends the night in her crate, but if we’re going to be sleeping in, then we cheat a little.  We go down around 5-6 in the morning (when one of us wakes up to go to the bathroom), we let her out, give her a small handful of food, and then bring her up to bed with us for a few hours.  It’s perfect, because then she’ll sleep as late as we do, plus we get to snuggle, but she doesn’t spend the whole night taking up part of the bed.  We could also put her back in her crate at this point (which we’ve done occasionally), and that works too.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsD41503:  There ya go. You are a good mama. Enjoy your time with her. It goes by so fast, and then before you know it they are all grown up. Napoleon was, unfortunately, a very tough puppy (he had a lot of behavioral problems that stemmed from seizuring) so I didn’t get to enjoy him much as a little puppy. He was too much of a terror. Now, he is a lovely young man. St. Bernards grow super fast…

Napoleon at about 3 months old back in July

Napoleon now at just shy of 7 months old.

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