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Old 03-15-2012, 09:04 AM
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Hey all.. new to this forum and being a dog owner! I have a 4 month old Bernese that I have had for about 2 months now.

She is learning tricks REALLY quickly, but has NOT mastered the trick of sleeping until we come down for her. I know she can make it through the night because several times for whatever reasons she has been fine from 10-5:30AM

Mostly though, even when we pick up her water at 7:00 or so the night before, she starts barking to be let out around 4AM. If I get her, let her pee and put her back in her crate, sometimes she will fall back asleep but mostly she will keep barking to play until 5:30AM. If I ignore her, she pees in her crate.

Her crate has toys, my clothes in it, ticking alarm clock you name it....

My question is... WHEN do dogs learn how to sleep until owners are ready to wake them up. and should I keep ignoring her even if I know she will pee??
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She probably truly needs a nightly potty trip still at this age. One thing you can do is just plan to get up at 3 am to potty her, before she fusses them put her back to bed with the confidence to ignore her 5 am barking.

Gradually move the nightly potty time up a few minutes until it is at your regular waking time.
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thank you for the advice... i actually did this, and she will go back to sleep for an hour or so but 4:30AM the barking still starts and doesn't stop until i have to get up for work.
everyone says ignore her, which i would, but i HAVE to get up at 5:30 so she "Gets her way" at that time everyday.

im worried that this will never stop! should i feed her later in the evenings because maybe she is too hungry in the morning? i feed her around 4:30 or 5:00PM
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You could try a lot more exercise during the day so she is more tired out.

She is likely also just plain lonely. This is why many people put the puppy crate in the bedroom as pup is usually much more content with her people.
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Quite a difficult predicament...

It is definitely not helping that the crate is downstairs. Is there any possibility that the crate could be moved closer to you?
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well.... we have a 9 year old cat who is NOT a fan of the new dog. upstairs, and our bed, more specifically is kind of her domain. I don't want the puppy to take over and leave no place for her.

this morning, when the barking began, i let her outside and came inside and laid on the couch. she fell asleep on her dog bed quickly, so maybe she really just wanted to be near me after all.
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Hi,
Moving the crate to the bedroom is a great idea. About your cat, please don't worry that the kitty won't adjust! We have three and two of them curl up on the bed with the dogs! They seem to like being together, although there was an adjustment phase at the beginning. Actually, one of the cats would sleep with the dog during the day on the dog bed! The dog had to curl around her. AND IT WAS A SIAMESE 13 YEARS OLD!
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I pretty much had the same situation as you. We made the bedroom into a "safe room" for the cat and kept the puppy penned in the living room. Then the pup started barking in the early hours of the morning, we'd take her out to potty and she'd just keep barking. Ignoring her is best, but if ignoring is not feasible you can try what we did.

It turns out that mere proximity to us was the solution. We let her in the bed with us at first, but she was nervous about the bed (it might be too high for her to jump up on), and she didn't like being picked up and set on the bed. So last night we tried leaving the door of her pen open and let her roam free at night. And guess what, not a peep all night! She just settled down to sleep right outside the bedroom (door open), and there were no accidents in the morning.

If you don't trust your pup to be alone unsupervised yet, or you think she'll have an accident then a crate in the bedroom is probably the way to go. How do your cat and dog get along now? Do they fight every chance they get, or can they be in the same room together without fighting? Use your best judgement. My cat seems to have adjusted just fine.
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Hi Marianne B,
Our two dogs and yes, 3 cats, all get along great. The older cat actually follows our older houla around at times, sniffs her ears, etc. The two dogs and "middle aged" and queen cat share the bed. It took some adjustment time but now if one of the cats gets out of the house the older houla will alert me by standing at the door whining. That a tattletale! Think they would miss each other a lot if separated.
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