Post # 1
Im at my wits end. I previousky posted about my 18mo beagle forgetting his house training… luckily that has been resolved and he reliably rings the bell when he needs to go out (as well as when he WANTS to lol). So yay.
BUT NOW… he wakes me up every 2hrs at night to go outside. I can’t handle it. Im like a new parent bt without maternity leave. Exhaustion has caught up with me and now I snap at the slightest thing. Im so irritable and angry, especially at him, most of the time.
Im considering crating him (thats how the 2 boys slept when I lived wih my parents), but Iidk if that’s cruel considerig he would be by himself? The other pup cries loudly if we crate him overnight and I cant risk upsetting my neighbors by putting both of them away.
Im feeding them at 7, pulling their water at 8, last walk is at 11. He has been to the vet and there are no health problems. What else can I do?! Im desperate… and im also realizing that this post may be nonsensical thanks to sleep deprivation, ha.
Please offer suggestions! Im willing to try just about anything
Post # 3
Can you crate him overnight in your bedroom? When we first got our dog we tried crating him at night in the spare bedroom, but he barked after we left him in there and I may have made him tough it out if we didn’t live in an apartment with neighbors so nearby… but his crate is in our bedroom now and he has zero problems sleeping through the night. Well, even if he doesn’t sleep he stays quiet. I think technically you can crate your puppy in another room, and train him to be okay with it eventually, but I read that most dogs would rather sleep in sniffing distance of their people.
ETA: I’d try crating him in your bedroom and he may protest at first, but ignore his pleas to go out every two hours and eventually he’ll get the message. He may just be getting used to being able to summon you at the ring of the bell!
Post # 4
@marhealy: Is he getting enough exercise during the day? Could it be he sleeps so much throughout the day that he gets bored during the night?
Post # 5
@marhealy: Another thought, is he actually going when you take him out?
Post # 6
@marhealy: I have a very easy solution as our puppy used to do this (he has since stopped and sleeps through the night – he got over it somehow). Get a doggy door! You can get one where his collar triggers it opening and closing so no other dogs, animals, or people can get in. He will be able to let himself in and out and you won’t have to be fussed with it. We have one for our furbaby and he loves it (and so does mom :P).
Post # 7
i would make sure that he has plenty of exercise during the day (would daycare be an option?) and crate him at night to keep him from harassing you
Post # 8
how old is your dog? we also have a 7 year old beagle. we crate him when we are not home. he has no problem sleeping through the night. FI takes him out for the last time around 9pm. He sleeps through when I get up at 6:30am and FI showers and gets ready for work before taking him out in the mornings. He gets up between 7 and 7:30.
i grew up with taking the dog out right away, but FI said he has always done this and the dog is fine.
Post # 9
@gcwest: I can try the in-bedroom crating but for them its usually been worse if they are “locked up” and see people right outside.
@MrsJX3: very possible that he sleeps too much during day, FI is the one home w them and he saus he walks them… butcould be lying since he hates walking them. I dont come back inside til I have seen with my own eyes the urine leaving his body lol.
@MrsPanda99: sadly a doggie door isnt an option bc we live in an apartment :/
@Hirondelle: he doesnt need daycare bc someone is always home, but more exercise is def going to have to happen. When he started doing it I mandated 30min walks 1hr before bedtime… hasnt helped, but I can always make it even more… def thinking more and more that I just have to try the crate, ignore my fears that he’ll be jealous of his brother sleeping in our bed (im nuts lol) and use it to teach him to last the night.
@ajillity81: hes only 18 mo, so im hoping its an adolescence problem. His brother who is the same ages sleeps no problem and only begrudgingly gets up when I make him so they can both eat and potty at the same time. After that hes back to sleep til 10 at least. I always take them out first thing when they alert me, always have even when they slept in a crate in my parents livingroom. Im desperately hoping that by 7yo they will be as wonderful as your dog!
Honestly, I wouldnt have a problem wakig up ONCE at night, in fact thats what we did when we started lettig them sleep in our bed, just to prevent accidents. Then we went MONTHS with no need to be up before the alarm (sleep 11-7) but suddenly hes being a giant d-bag about it. Well, thats harsh… but im EXHAUSTED.
Post # 10
My dog doesn’t do this at home, but whenever we take her to see my parents she does. For the longest time we couldn’t figure out why – and now we know! In our apartment, the windows are higher up and she can’t see out of them. At my parent’s house, she can see the out of the windows (as they’re lower to the ground) and because of this, she can see the outside, animals, people, etc. All of that gets her really excited and makes her want to go out – so she cries and cries. So we covered up the windows. Now, she sits at the back door (which is glass) and cries until she realizes she’s not getting what she wants and comes back to bed. Probably a long shot, but maybe your dog is now just tall enough to be able to see out of the windows? Or maybe my dog is just super weird.
Post # 11
@marhealy: I’d find a dog park or somwhere you can take him to wear him out. If you can afford it, daycare even once a week might help. My 1.5 year old standard poodle is exhausted when we bring her!!
Post # 12
Have you talked to the vet about it? It’s possible he has a UTI or kidney/bladder infection that is causing him to need to go more often. Don’t always assume it’s a behavioral problem – changes in bathroom habits can signify health issues, too.
Post # 13
“Have you talked to the vet about it? It’s possible he has a UTI or kidney/bladder infection that is causing him to need to go more often. Don’t always assume it’s a behavioral problem – changes in bathroom habits can signify health issues, too.”
Ditto! If he is actually needing to pee, then something could be wrong to have to go that many times in a night!
Post # 14
Yes, he should be going to the vet. Locking him in a crate isn’t going to help. He’s asking to go out/
Post # 15
@nber0815: I used to think he was waking up bc the sun was up, but now its dark until 630am here. Maybe his doggie ears are hearing all the irritating night owl college kids in our complex lol
@MrsJX3: if not the dog park daily, we go on 2-3loooong walks up and down hills in the area. Maybe I should invest in a chuck-it for playing at the park…
Vet was the first thing I did when he started having problems, and as stated in the original post, there are no health problems. He was given a full blood panel and urinalysis, a manual exam, and was checked for crystals (??). Hes totally healthy.
He can also go HOURS, anywhere from 5-9 during the weekends with no desire for potty time. All these things added up is why im so confused :/