Just wanted some opinions/feedback on an annoying habit Mia has started to develop. While it's not often, it's often enough that I'm not sure if I need to change something in our routine.
75-80% of the time, Mia (my 15 month pup) will sleep through the night and not get up to go out to potty. Other 20-25% of the time she wakes me up any time between midnight and 4am. Sometimes it's just a pee, on occasion she needs to poop (and she'll already have a poop at around 5-6pm).
She's usually sleeping by 830-9pm (and she'll have already been let out right before going to bed). I'm usually in bed by 11pm.
But there have been times when she'll wake me up at 3 or 4am to go out! it's happened 3 times in one week before...other times I can can go a whole week without her getting up.
She doesn't drink a lot of water at night and she eats her dinner at 630pm.
My friend says at some point I have to stop this and not "indulge" her otherwise she's going to think it's okay to wake up in the middle of the night to let her out. I have to make her learn how to hold it. But I figure...if she can tell me she needs to go instead of just going in the house...that can't be a bad thing can it??
I can't figure out why sometimes she doesn't need to go and sometimes she does. She gets fed the same amount at the same time every night. She doesn't drink a ton of water either unless we're playing fetch but that's usually at 530pm.
I would hate to have to crate train her again because she loves sleeping with me in bed...but is that the answer? at least until she learns to hold it? What if she's still whining to go out in the middle of the night regardless of the crate?