My two puppies
is keeping me up at night. The sleeping arrangement, so far, is that around 11, I'll put them in the "puppy room", which is a room that is pretty puppy-safe, semi-dark and has a nice temperature. I do some work at the computer and after a while they settle in and fall asleep. I quietly sneak out, careful to not wake them up and go to bed. This was the nightly routine with previous dog. After 1-2 hours, they'll wake up and promptly start barking. So far I tried:
1. Setting an alarm after two hours and wake up and go attend them. Ideally before they wake and bark, so they wont learn "as soon as I bark, the doors opens and I can play with the cats in the livingroom!" This works somewhat, but at the second round ( around 4), they just wont go back to sleep - at all!
2. Just letting them bark. This doesn't work since they basically wont stop AND if the neighbours complaints to the building management, it's big trouble.
3. Sleeping on the floor with them. This works pretty well - for them - but obviously not a good solution for me!
4. My wife's solution: just let them out in the living room and go to sleep. Worked like a charm! But leaving two young puppies unsupervised in room with three cats, electronics and god knows what is not a solution.
I have not invested in crates because I don't know how long they will stay with us - might be a week, might be forever
. They are excellent with their toilet habits so I haven't felt a need for crates for that reason as well.
I'm sure this is a common problem, in my case made more difficult since they are two. I'm grateful for advice from anyone that faced similar problems, I thought I could handle it the first week but the sleep deprivation is really starting to impact all parts of life.