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Old 10-06-2010, 08:40 PM
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Night time? Oh lord, no.

Loeki's starting to become a handful at night time. We don't have a crate for him, so he sleeps in my room.

Our typical night, he'll go to sleep at midnight or so (I keep him up later so he'll sleep later) and wake up at 3 or so whimpering. I let him out, then he wants to play. I'm tired, I bring him back inside, give him a chew toy sometimes if he's just too hyper, and go back to bed. He whimpers and cries and scratches at my door and bites the walls trying to get me to wake up and let him out to play! I stay up for 2 hours with him just trying to get him to go to sleep. Then we wake up at 8ish, he refuses to sleep longer, and I struggle trying to sleep until 10, when I hand him over to my sister and go to school.

This is REALLY interfering with my grades.

Can anyone give me advice, please? I can't let him whine at night because my step-dad says if he hears him (and he's in the room over) he'll beat him until he learns I really need this to stop.

I can't play with him late at night, either. It's dark and my mom doesn't like me in my yard alone at 3am- it's a bad neighborhood.
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Can anyone give me advice, please? I can't let him whine at night because my step-dad says if he hears him (and he's in the room over) he'll beat him until he learns I really need this to stop.
I hate to say it...but THIS is why I do not recommend kids getting dogs. He is a puppy, this is puppy behavior. I guess you can try and train him to not bark or whine at night but the only way to do this is to really get his energy out so you will have to give him something to keep his attention. You also got a breed that is super high energy, something that should have been considered in the beginning.
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We had it considered, and he told me it wouldnt be a problem letting him whine at night if he needed to before he went to bed. I've done the research, and also wanted a crate. Now my parents refuse to let me get a crate for him, and all of a sudden my step-dad is threatening him. :/

Thanks for your honesty, though.
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that is a bummer

i ditto pawz advice tho... try to up the pre-bedtime exercise, it may be enough to get him to sleep thru the night...



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Well, you've got two options. 1) Babysit (work) your way to a crate; or 2) Play the radio REAL loud all night, so he can't hear the dog whining.
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If he is threatening to beat a dog, what else has he beaten. Sorry for the bluntness, but even the threats piss me off. Some man he is to have to threaten a pup. OK, all done, Tonka gave some great advice. If I was closer I would give you one of my old crates to help you out.
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I like the radio idea


your best bet is to wear him out before bed IMO.



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Follow the advice, and for Pete's sake, wake up AT LEAST AND HOUR before he's due to wake up, let him out whilst he's sleepy, and then put him straight back to sleep. I know it's hard - my sister wanted to rub Freddy's face in his excrement and hit him as a pup so he'd learn...we've never had bigger arguements than about Freddy's puppy stages and how her methods clashed with mine. Now she sees Freddy and remarks on how incredibly behaved he is, and I know she's converted. So keep at it and explain politely why he's upset and why beating him will make it much, much worse.
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Thank you everyone for your replies. I'll try a radio, maybe that will help. And I'll try to up the exercise. (Even though we already spend hours outside before bed time, then training time, and still play with his toys for an hour too)

I like the idea of waking up BEFORE he does to let him out. I actually never thought of that. I'll try it tonight.

And my step-dad is very old fashioned and made me mad, too. My mom always gets mad at him when he threatens the dogs. I'm doing my best to keep Loeki /FAR AWAY/ from him at all times. He's raised 3 dogs so far, so my step-dad thinks his methods are the best. He told me to rub his face in his poo, too. And when I tried to explain that it's not the way to train a dog, he got offended and said that then obviously his 3 dogs were trained wrong. I'm hoping I can prove to everyone that I'm right on this. Their methods are NOT good.

It also made me mad that my entire family pressured me into agreeing to taking the dog to our family cabin this weekend. I explained about Parvo, how he's only had one shot, and they STILL refused. They screamed and threatened to take Loeki away from me if I keep 'babying' him.

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I have to agree with the other members. Exercising him more before bed is your best bet. It still amazes me how exercise can help some behavior problems.

And I can sympathize with you, my dad and his whole side of the family had the same mentality as your step dad. We had to have some heated discussions but once I showed him how my training works better without physical correction he got the idea. Maybe if he knows any commands like sit or anything, then you can show your step dad that he is learning and he just needs a little more time. But that's just a suggestion.
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