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Old 02-25-2018, 11:07 AM
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Rescue with a 2AM problem

Folks we don't know where to turn. Moose is a 4 1/2 year old rescue that is mix of Lab and Great Dane. We adopted him at 7 1/2 months.

Over the last several months he has started to wake us at 2AM with the same behavior each night. Each night he comes into the bedroom always to my wife's side of the bed. He starts panting and wining repeats at intervals for hours. He has a dull look when we turn on the light. He goes to the back door and starts scratching until we let him into the yard. Outside he will just sit there for a couple of hours.

Wife thinks the behavior is directed at getting her out of the bed, while I think he feels he owns the bed. One other interesting trait is that when he spent time at our sons house the behavior was absent.

To date we have tried Melatonin, generic Zanex, late walks all with no success.

Thanks to all
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Can you mimmick being away by; moving temp. to another room in house or swap sides?
What makes you think its the bed he wants? Does he get on the bed ever?
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Thanks for responding. Moose has always had access to the bed. We've both tried sleeping in separate rooms on various nights. Changing sides is an interesting idea. The scary part is you can set your watch by his behavior.

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Could it be environmental? Hears another dog, too hot?

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So interesting, I have never heard of this problem before.

I am still wondering what his behavior has to do with the bed, it seems his goal is to get you/your wife out of bed to let him out? and not because he wants the bed himself?

If he is persistent about being outside to stare at a certain time, maybe there is a neighbor that does something at that time that is detectable to a dog but not noticeable to a human.
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Who cares why? Im still ignoring a dog at 2am. Im really anti social. And refuse to play "hello, its 2am n i want to go out" - sod that milarky.
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Did he spend a lot of time outdoors before you got him?

Does it create a problem if he goes outside other than waking you up? If hes just hanging out or sleeping, Id probably just go with it. Or not let him in the bedroom.
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