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Old 03-17-2012, 06:27 AM
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Puppy Nighttime Dilemma

Here's the situation, and I would appreciate some advice from the veteran puppy owners.

We live in a 1 bedroom apartment where the only two sizeable rooms are the living/dining/kitchen room and the bedroom. When we brought our angel home at 4 months old, we set up her 5'x5' pen in the living room, and moved all of the cat's things into the bedroom, so that the cat would have a safe place while he adjusted to the dog. We put training pads in her pen to use when she was alone and that was working out just fine, and for the first 3 1/2 weeks she was perfectly quiet at night (yeah, we definitely lucked out there). She would start barking at 6 am, when we would get up and take her outside.

The problem starts here: it is a nearly a month later and she is pretty much completely housebroken (except for the occasional accident) and won't use the training pads anymore, so we've simply stopped putting them down. But the last few nights she's started barking to be let out between 12 and 3 am, and will just keep barking after we've taken her back to her bed. I keep telling my fiance to ignore her and she'll stop, but he has been going out to sleep on the couch with her and she's quiet the whole night as long as somebody's out there with her. We don't have the space in our bedroom to move her pen in there, so should we just let her sleep in the bed with us? My fiance has been cheerfully anticipating this since day one, but I think that 5 months is too young to start sleeping with the humans. And I'm worried that the cat will retaliate (by peeing everywhere) if we take away his safe room.

I would like to be able to sleep with my fiance again. What should we do?
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You are right to take her out to potty.
You are right to ignore her afterwards.
This is not a dog training problem; its a fiance training problem.

Another option is to put the puppy in a regular dog crate in the bedroom with you at night. She will likely be more content if she is by your side. That's what I always do with all my puppies and they are comforted by being nearby and sleep like angels.

More exercise during the day may also help to settle her for a longer night. As she gets older, her need for exercise will increase.
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This is not a dog training problem; its a fiance training problem.
HA! I definitely agree with THAT! Unfortunately I think I'm fighting against the tide here. He wants her to sleep in the bed with us as soon as possible, and I have little leverage to argue since he has had 6 dogs before this one and I have had zero. On the other hand, it's been 16 years since he's had a puppy in the house (and having a puppy when you're 13 years old and having one at 30 is arguably a different experience). While he agrees with me in theory, he quickly breaks down and succumbs to her sad puppy whines.

So I'll give in for now and let her in the bed, and after a couple of sleepless chaotic nights we'll go crate shopping together. Hopefully she pees on his pillow at least once to drive the point home, and the cat makes it through relatively untraumatized.

I'll keep you updated on the situation as it unfolds.
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Lol! Well our Tessa sleeps on the bed, cute as can be. She started at about 5 months old.
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We put her in the pen at bedtime, and she barked at 2 am. We took her outside and then took her in the bedroom. The verdict: not as bad as I thought. She settled down after a few minutes and let me sleep. The cat seems ok with it. So far so good.
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Ha! Soon enough she'll be spending the entire night on the bed with you... mark my words!
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My pup snuggles in between my boyfriend and I. Its so funny. I started to put her in bed with me at about 6 months old.She has been an angel and has only peed twice, both of which were my fault.
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OK, so she's doing really well on the bed. She settles down and sleeps with us after a few minutes, but there's one other problem.

Prior to letting her sleep with us at night, we had made the bedroom off limits to her. We wanted the door to stay open so that the cat could go in and out as he pleased, so we trained her not to go in there. But now the rules have changed and I think she's confused now. She enjoys being on the bed, but refuses to go into the room on her own even when we're leading her. If I call her towards the bedroom door, she runs back to her pen instead. So the only way to get her into the bedroom is to carry her in and set her on the bed, and then carry her back out (she's gotten pretty heavy).

I don't want her in the bedroom at any other time except at night. Is it possible to teach her that she's allowed in, but only when we give her permission? Or is that too complex of a concept? Do we have to choose between all the time or never?

She's a really smart dog. How would I go about teaching her this?
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