(Closed) Bees with dogs….PLEASE HELP! Our dog is waking up the whole house :-(

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

AWWWW your puppy is so sticking cute!!

What time do you both go to bed?  It could be he needs one more walk before bed.  My black lab was doing that for awhile and I found I have to take her out then come in and go to bed.  I also don’t leave the water bowl out all night.  It goes down first thing in the morning and i refill it all day, but she doesn’t get any water after bed.  It helped alot.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The first thing I’d look at is if its something making him uncomfortable- he has to potty/ is thirsty/ is hungry.  When does he go to bed, when does he potty at night, and when does he get his last food/water.  It may be that his body just isn’t ready to go from bedtime to 7am without a potty break and the crying is to let you know he needs to go out now.  

If its not something physically making him uncomfortable, you can train him out of the behavior.  It will mean sacrificing some sleep for a few days to break the habit, but long term, you’ll be getting more rest.  You can adjust his schedule a little at a time so he gets into the habit of a 7am wake up.  If he is consistently starting at 4, set your alarm, get up before him and let him out before he starts to cry.  Stick to the 4 am wake up for a few days, then adjust the time in 10-15 minutes increments. So for 3-4 days you get up at 4:15, then a few days at 4:30 etc.  Basically you want to get to him before he starts crying so he stops associating crying and mornings, and gradually adjust his schedule to match yours.  It probably will mean a few weeks of early mornings, but like I said once he gets onto your schedule he should be good to go. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Sounds like puppy has to go, no water after 7pm….also he might be lonley…he’s still a little guy and waking up alone might be hard on him.  Labs are terribly intelligent and also capable of deep emotional bonds, being separated from their people is not always a good thing for them….but then again, our dogs are spoiled rotten!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with thise saying to remove the water at night. He might just be trying to tell you he has to pee.

Also make sure he gets a walk right before bed (and it is long enough for him to pee if he has to).

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@MrsMoksha:  Is puppy crying to just go to the living room, or is he crying because he has to go potty?  Because- here is the thing- if he is crying- “I GOTTA GO!  I am gonna poop myself!” -then he is being a good dog by letting you know.  If this is the case, I would get up in the middle of the night- say 2 am, and let him outside to go potty.  If this is not the case- have you taught him “quiet” or “no bark” as a command?  I would start teaching this command during the day when he makes a bark or cry when he shouldn’t be- the way I do commands is I give a warning- “no bark!” and if they continue, I go over and give a little butt spank “no bark.”  (And repeat the command.)  Start training dog the command during the day, not during the stressful time in the morning.  Then, when he cries in the morning (again, assuming he does not have to go potty), I would get up, go over and say firmly-looking in his eyes, “no bark!”  (Once you have practiced/ trained him during the day as I was saying.)  Follow through- if he doesn’t stop, I would take him out and give him a little pat on the butt, saying the command again.  Then send him back to his kennel.  He’ll get it.  But again, if he is asking to go out, he is actually being a good boy- it is complicated- so in that case take him out and put him back in the kennel.  Then follow up with the commands.  A few times of you getting up and saying the command, followed by a butt pat if he doesn’t listen (after he knows the command) should do the trick.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Our yellow lab used to cry really early in the morning, and one night, Mr. 99 and I had him in bed with us before we went to sleep, we snuggled him and kissed his head and that night, he slept the whole night…he just needed a little extra love for a minute to get through the night.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@HisIrishPrincess:  OP, this is good advice.

First off, he’s ADORABLE! His eyes are so sweet, but those paws make me wonder how big he’ll be hahaha 🙂

What time are you putting him to bed? I would take him for a 15-20 minute walk just before bed so that he can do his business and get a little exercise, then let him have one small drink and take his water away overnight. Sounds like a combo of too much energy, too much water, and maybe too early of a bedtime. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We have a Labradoodle and he at 6 months was allowed to sleep in our bedroom on the floor (once house trained) This was great at having him free to roam around and to feel our presence.

Maybe you can bring the dog pan into your bedroom so he feels close to you ?

6 month old lab should have a big enough bladder to hold it over night (ours did). I think he wakes you up in the mornign because you do eventually let him out becasue it’s that time of the morning.

If it is the bladder issue and he really needs to go, then set your alarm at 4 or 5 am and go to take him out to pee and bring him back to the pan. You will clearly know then if it’s the fact that he needs to go or the fact that he is lonely.

I’m not sure what your working day is. Our dog is crated during the day when we are at work and it was just unfair for the dog to be crated at night on top of it so as soon we made the transition the dog has been a lot calmer. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My guess is that he has to go to the bathroom. Have you tried taking her out to the bathroom and putting her back to bed?

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our dog barks at night when she has to go out. Usually its because we put her to bed too early so she just can’t hold it. Occasionally its because she ate something she shouldn’t and it doesn’t agree with her. We found that she didn’t like to be stuck in her crate where she couldn’t see us, so we started letting her sleep in the bedroom. The combination of making sure we let her out late enough at night (which sometimes means setting an alarm for midnight, which is when we normally go to bed, when we go to bed super early) and having her in our bedroom has improved her behaviour dramatically. Now instead of barking like crazy, she barks once in the morning to let us know she needs to go (part of this is due to her breed, which prefers to bark only if absolutely necessary). She generally tries under the breath barks first, but they aren’t loud enough to wake us up. Many mornings I wake up before her and she doesn’t bark at all. She only has accidents if you decide to shower before you let her out (which is our fault not hers).

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@MrsMoksha:  I agree.  Stay with your rules.  I really suggest, like I said, trying the commands and see how that goes.  The best dog training book I read gave me two things: “Make them love to do it” and “It is a command, not a consideration.”  (I sound like such a hard-ass, I’m really not!  I just know how much happier I am once I figured out how to train my dog- and she is happy knowing what we want- because they want to do it!)

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@nikkialys:  

. OP she is giving you great advice if u don’t think its a potty issue. This will break the behavior.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

When our girl was a puppy, she slept in her crate as well. What we did was bring the crate into our room at night so she would at least know we were there and wouldnt freak out when she woke up. Eventually, we put it back in the kitchen. Now, at 2 years old, she sleeps in her bed next to ours (But I know this isnt an option for you).

Maybe your dog doesnt get enough exercise so he’s having a hard time making it through the night. This is especially true if you say he is in his crate all day. Think about it, if you slept all day, you may not be able to sleep through the night.

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