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Old 08-13-2013, 09:14 AM
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Unhappy Puppy loves to wake us up too early!

Theo has taken to waking up at 5am and hooting and hollering, sometimes for over 30 minutes (this happened this morning). We get up at 6am and feed him, so we'd love it if he could be quiet (maybe even sleep) that extra hour. This just began last week. Theo goes to bed at 9pm (he falls asleep naturally at this time), and we take him out at 1am and then again at 4am. This morning, my husband finally had had enough and took him out at 5.30am, and he pooped/peed, and then went into his crate without an issue and was quiet. Sometimes, this is not the case...he'll pee minimally and then think it's playtime, despite little interaction from us when we take him out. Prior to last week, Theo was quiet until about 5.45am-6am, which was fine. I'm not sure what has changed in the last week. We've always woken him up twice a night, at 3-4 hour intervals, so he doesn't wake us up at 5am crying!

We try to just ignore his early morning hooting, as to not set the precedent that if he wakes us up early enough, we'll feed him earlier and start playing. Also, we take Theo out 2x a night...so I was surprised that he was crying to go potty when he'd been out an hour earlier! Any ideas? Should I take him out at 5am, instead of 4am?

Also, we try to tire Theo out, from the time we get home from work, until his bedtime. We fetch, walk, take outside often, train, tug, etc., usually at 5-20 minute intervals, or until he gets nippy, then we take a break for about 30-45 minutes. Last night, we ran him back and forth between us for a name recall exercise to really tire him out. I thought for sure he'd sleep all night!
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:12 AM
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I think he should go to bed a little later. He's growing up!
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:06 PM
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Even if he falls asleep on his own at 9pm? He has done that since we brought him home (at 8weeks, now almost 12 weeks old). I read all kinds of conflicting advice...keep them up, don't keep them up, etc. We were trying to keep him on our schedule (husband and I go to bed around 9.30, wake at 6am), but if going to bed at 10 means he sleeps until 6, i'm all for it!
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He's growing up and doesn't need as much sleep. I'd keep him awake. That's just me though.
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Does he sleep in your room with you? If you have him in his crate, next to your bed, then he will let you know when/if he needs to potty during the night. At 12 weeks, he may only need one potty trip per night or even none... depending on how you schedule him the previous evening with food/water. I always prefer to take them out when they need it, rather than set an alarm, or two.

If he is in your room with you, he may be better able to sleep in as he won't feel lonely if he wakes up with the daylight. Often puppies cry because they are lonely and a bit scared about that. It might be some time until he makes it to 6 am though. Puppies are a bit like human babies in that respect.
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What Tess said I've had Cobber in his crate on the floor by my bed, so he can see me at all times, since the first night I brought him home.

The first couple weeks, Cobber would wake me up a couple times during the night (12:30 am and maybe again at 2am), then he started sleeping through the night, waking up around 5:30-ish. Those were the early weeks. At about 14 weeks or so, he started sleeping even more! Now we actually sleep in on the weekends!! On weekdays, I have to wake him up at 6:30 or we'll be late getting to doggy daycare

While I can't say all puppies will transform like that, Tess has a great point that if your little one wakes up, it's daylight out and no one's there, that's probably why he's singing out like a rooster at 5am. Try bringing his crate into your bedroom, then only get up when he does during the night. You might be pleasantly surprised after a couple nights when he's content to roll over and go back to sleep Good luck!
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I got Jessie at 9 weeks old and i was up at least 3-4 times during the night with her, had her crate near my bed since day 1 i got her ad omg she was so loud after putting in the crate! we were worried about neighbours( first week was at parents due to my health) tried so many ways to stop the barking/howling. One night after getting her settled into my place she barked non stop all night even after going toilet when i put her back in crate so she ended up sleeping with me so neighbours wouldnt call noise control. I found after that night she was settled in her crate with no problems and only woke me to go toilet.

During the last month i decided to let her on my bed all night every night and loving it. Dont do that till he is mature enough though Jess was 8 months when i let her on the bed.
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Does he sleep in your room with you? If you have him in his crate, next to your bed, then he will let you know when/if he needs to potty during the night. At 12 weeks, he may only need one potty trip per night or even none... depending on how you schedule him the previous evening with food/water. I always prefer to take them out when they need it, rather than set an alarm, or two.

If he is in your room with you, he may be better able to sleep in as he won't feel lonely if he wakes up with the daylight. Often puppies cry because they are lonely and a bit scared about that. It might be some time until he makes it to 6 am though. Puppies are a bit like human babies in that respect.
He sleeps in a crate out in the hallway, right outside the bedroom. We were going to bring the crate into our room after he stopping crying at night, however after reading the responses, maybe it'd be better to bring him in now!
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Its worth a try anyway. Maybe give the new set up a few nights to see if there is improvement.
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Its worth a try anyway. Maybe give the new set up a few nights to see if there is improvement.
I agree give it up to a week could be just lonely and wondering where you are nad if your ok
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