03-17-2012, 06:27 AM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Alexandria, VA
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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?