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Old 05-06-2011, 02:25 PM
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Holding through the night?

Bonjour. We've been getting up 1x a night (every 4 hours) and waking up the puppy to go out. I also found out that over the last month there have been 2 skipped nights with the puppy not going out (fiance slept through alarm), but the puppy held it through the night like a champ. Obviously, we want to set the puppy up for success, though. At 4-5 mo. old now, how do we go about doing this? She's had no accidents in the house since we've had her, and is very good about letting us know when she needs to go out in the day time. Do we just add an hour for a set amount of days until we get up to 8 hours? I know the general rule of thumb (age in months + 1 month), but it is a general rule, and she seems to be a rock star at holding it. Suggestions?
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Honestly at 4-5 mon. she is old enough to be able to hold it through the night,( just some puppies don't get it yet) I would go with the plan of adding an hour at a time till you get to the 8 hours since she sounds like she is ready and she understands the concept of holding it till she gets outside. I would still make sure her bladder is as empty as possible when you put her to bed since a full bladder would be uncomfortable.
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Thanks! How many days in a row do you think we should stay at the increased time? 3? 5? A whole week?
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I would start with 5 since you don't want to go backwards in her excellent start she's had, and if for the first 2 hour increases she does great I would go down to 3 days in between till she's holding it the full 8 hours.
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Actually thinking about it a bit more you could probably start with 3 days in between the time increases but if you want to be extra careful the 5 days should be plenty.
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Thanks! I think we'll start with 5. A few more days for us won't make a difference but could for her.
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Sounds like you have done a SUPER job house training her!

I'm not sure if you have her sleeping near you at night, but another tactic, in addition to the very clever one you and Esme have been discussing in terms of lengthening her time... is simply to let her wake you up if she needs to go out.
This would only work, of course, if she sleeps near you and you know you would wake up if she started to fuss... and if she is used to "asking" in this way to go potty.

I've had puppies that could sleep through the night at under 3 months old. They were always right next to the bed in their crates, and they would wake up and fuss a little if they needed to go out, so there was always that option for them. And usually within a couple of weeks of coming home they did not need a middle of the night potty break. But anyway, the point is that she is plenty old enough now so how ever you want to do the transition should work!
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Thanks, tess! We never transitioned her to our room. We weren't sure if it would be harder to transition her downstairs when she was an adult (no pets in the br due to allergies) & we haven't got her crate trained yet. I guess if what we're doing is working all is ok.
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You guys are amazing puppy parents. I agree the plan you and Esme have worked out is super! I have so admired also how you've worked with puppy and kitty together. Yahoo!
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