Originally Posted by Squishy
I have a 4 month old Sprinter (Springer-Pointer). For several weeks, he went into his kennel at about 8:00 PM and woke up at 5:00 AM. When he wakes up he whines and cries because he has to go potty. (Which I appreciate) The last week or so he has been going to bed a little later but is waking up at 3:00 AM.
5:00 AM worked well for me because that was when I got up to walk the dogs anyway. I hate getting up at 3:00, trying to get back to sleep for a couple hours and then taking them for the walk.
Is this normal that he was sleeping all night and then stopped? Will he just grow out of it (again) or is there something I can do to get him to sleep a little longer.
I've had this happen with pups before... sort of a "regression" in the house training/sleeping through the night routine. Its always difficult to track down the cause of the change.
So I'd try several things
1) Make sure he is getting plenty of exercise during the day. He's older now, so he might need a longer time of activity, or an additional walk during the day. He may just be ready to go by 3 am because he's rested up from a not tiring enough day.
2) Try giving him his last meal of the day an hour or two earlier, and make sure you get him a good long chance to go potty just before bed.
3) If its hot where you are, he may be getting a big drink of water before bedtime, and maybe that's waking him up in the morning. Certainly you don't want to deprive him of water, so what I'd do is make sure he's plenty cool the last couple hours of the evening, inside and the AC or what ever, so he's not gulping water before bedtime.
4) 8 pm is pretty early for bed, so you might take him out one last time for potty at 9 or 10 pm, if you are still awake that is!
The other thing you might consider, if you think he is peeing more often during the day, is to have him checked for a Urinary Tract Infection.