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Old 08-30-2017, 02:40 AM
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Hi everyone.
I'm new to the boards. My name is Kelle, and I'm the proud Mom of Pumpkin, who is a rescue dog. Pumpkin is 5 years old and is a shih Tzu/poodle mix.
We adopted him last November, and I have to say from day one, he has been an excellent dog. Very loving, listens well, and we love him so so much. But, the one thing that is really tough , is he constantly wants to go out. He gets plenty of attention, I take him to the dog park all the time, he loves playing, but he literally cries to go out every 45 minutes or so. And the hardest part is he does this at 2,3, 4 in the morning and won't stop till I take him out. He won't sleep through the night till the morning. I am beyond tired. I'm the only one who walks him. People tell me to ignore him but I can't. I don't know if he really has to go to the bathroom or he just wants to stroll the neighborhood. And he won't leave me alone till I do it. If anyone has been through this or has any tips on what to do, I sincerely appreciate hearing them. It's wonderful to be here. Thank you guys.
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:21 AM
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Hi Kelle. Congrats on rescuing Pumpkin. He sounds like a sweet guy. Hmm...well not sleeping through the night & having to go out is definitely an issue. This can be any number of things. First thought, UTI? Something to rule out. Secondly, his feeding schedule. Are you feeding him late at night or is he drinking a lot of water? A change in feeding schedule & less water at night could help. Also, where does your dog sleep? Mine was sleeping in our bed until he started peeing & pooping in our bedroom. Now he's in the crate at night with no accidents. Dogs normally won't potty where they sleep unless there's a physical problem & they can't hold it. Sounds like Pumpkin is getting plenty of exercise. Maybe he's just confusing his schedule. Does he sleep a lot during the day? I went through this with my son when he was a baby. He would cat nap during the day & then wake up at night & want to play. A simple change in routine made all the difference. I think it's great though that Pumpkin will tell you when he wants to go out. When he wakes you up at night, does he potty right away or does he wander around sniffing & marking every tree? Which leads me to my next question: Is your dog neutered? I think getting to the root of the problem is key before you can take action to correct the issue. How long have you had Pumpkin & has he always done this? I wonder if this was an issue before you got him. In my opinion, if you rule out any physical problem like a UTI, you can correct this behavior with a simple change in feeding & schedule, & hopefully you & your furry friend can get the sleep you deserve. Keep us posted on how things go. Good luck!
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Another thought: This is a tough one for me. You said Pumpkin gets a lot of attention. Could it be he's looking for attention at night too? Maybe try backing off a bit (I don't mean never show love to your furry friend), but make him earn your praise. By taking your dog out at night, you're telling him, this is ok with you. If this is a behavior issue & not a physical issue, you need to correct the behavior, not enable it. It sounds like he's calling the shots right now & he has to learn this is not ok. It's called tough love.
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Hi, and thank you so much for your reply.
I will definitely check to make sure uti is not the problem or that there isn't any other physical problem. He doesn't eat anything after 6:30 . He is a very picky eater to begin with. I do keep water out for him late. I wasn't sure if I should or not. The one thing you mentioned sounds like it could be the root of the problem. He does sleep a lot during the day. He naps off and on all day long. And at bedtime he sleeps with me in bed. I tried laying him on the bedroom floor in his bed but he hops up on my bed.
As far as going outside, he will pee right away and then we walk and he has to check everything out. Especially every pole and tree. I have even tried to take him out as late as I can at night before bed, and no matter what he still wakes me at 3 and 4 in the morning to go out. First thing I guess I have to do is make a vet visit and have him checked out. Any other tests you suggest?. I will get back to you to let you know how everything goes. Thank you very much. I deeply appreciate it.
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First thing, and it's great that you are going to have it done, vet check to make sure something medical is not going on. Usually with frequent pottying it's something that's the matter with the urinary tract system, or diabetes. Get both of those ruled out.

Once that's done it's time for tough love, and medical is ruled out, you've got to assume that he has you very well trained! You're going to have to get tough with him, buy some ear plugs and get him a nice roomy crate, or a tall exercise pen, or the smallest room in the house. Next when he wakes you up at 4 AM, put him in the crate, the exercise pen, or the small room, put your ear plugs in, and be prepared to wait till he stops pitching his fit. Once you get 5 seconds of silence, go get him and take him back to bed. rinse and repeat till he gets the message that waking you up gets him put away from you. If you are really worried that he may have to pee wait until he quits pestering you to take him out. When you bring him out no walking him. Bring him to his potty spot, let him potty, then bring him right back in. Again no walking around with him. By waking him around you taught him that it was a great thing to wake you up, he gets to go on a walk. It will likely take a couple nights at least before he gets the message that waking you up at 4am is no longer fun. So be prepared for that and under no circumstance give in! If you give in you teach him to be persistent and he'll just bark, cry, whine, etc longer and louder.
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Thank you guys so much and thank you for the wonderful advice.
Well we went to the vet. He had a complete physical, urine, lab work, and he is ok. Except for some gastro issues which I knew about and have him treated, medically all is well. He had me up again at 3, and 5 this morning. I have to take your advice and use tough love and the tips you guys have taught me. It's affecting my family life. I live at him me and this is my dog. We live in a ranch house and my family hears me coming in and out with him waking them up. They aren't too pleased to say the least and my mom even threatened to get rid of him which I would never do. So now I have some work to do. I will keep you all updated and again thank you
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