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My beautiful 10 month old Boxer, Daisy, is driving me crazy with her night time toilet habits! She's never been perfect at holding her bladder and bowels throughout the night so far, but at one point when she'd reached around 6-8 months old she was managing perhaps 4-5 nights a week sleeping through and not needing to go until the morning.

Recently, for the last month or so she has been getting up every single night (the time varies, sometimes she'll get up 2 hours after we've all gone to sleep, sometimes she'll last for 6 hours and won't get up until 5am) for both a pee and a poo. She sleeps in our bedroom on her doggy bed on the floor. I leave the bedroom door ajar so she can slip through just in case i don't hear her wake up. If I hear her, I get up with her and go downstairs to open the back door (which is most nights) but occasionally I'll sleep deeply and won't hear her get up, in which case she will slip downstairs and pee and poo on the hard flooring (luckily no carpets!)

She seemed to be peeing and drinking a lot in general a few weeks ago so I took a urine sample to the vets and he gave her precautionary anti biotics. They haven't made a difference to the night time toilet trips. She eats her dinner about 4-5 hours before bedtime and she doesn't drink for a few hours before bed either. Most nights she'll pee and poo outside just before we all go to sleep, and she will STILL get up and do it again in the night!

I'm fed up of waking up once, sometimes twice with her in the night OR having to clean up her mess in the mornings...PLEASE somebody tell me why this is happening!! :-(
 

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If the problem is she just can't hold it in that long, and nothing medical related or whatever, have you considered a doggy door? It has been a saviour for us. There are ones you can buy that already become prefabricated inside a door, so you don't need to cut out a hole in your wall if you don't want to.

If we are away from the house, I feel better knowing that he doesn't have to hold it in. And I don't have to worry about waking up in the mornings to let him out.
 

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I would use a kennel see if she makes it through the night. I would also choose a grain free food to make sure it isn't that it isn't the grains making her have to go at night. You also have to make sure and walk her a bit at night to make sure she goes all she has to go. Some times during potty training we train them to only 1/2 that they have to go by treating to early.
 

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Is she going right before bed? I PR trained Pax to go out and go pee right before I go to bed. "Time to go out"...and he will bolt for the back door then out to go pee. His reward is a handfull of kibble after he goes out at night.

...for me that also solved his habit of waking up at the crack of dawn to be fed because he was hungry.
 
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