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Unread 12-16-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default Dog wakes me up at 5:30AM every day.

My dog wakes me up at 5:30 AM every morning! He's been doing it for about a year. He is 2 yrs old. I work from home and don't need to get up that early. Usually when he gets me up he doesn't do it because he's hungry or needs to go out. He just wants me to get up. Sometimes he even goes right back to sleep after he gets me up! I've tried keeping him up late; that didn't work.
He sleeps in the living room with another dog (a new one we got about a month ago.)
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Hi lfshadow and welcome to the forum.

Dogs can see better in the dark than we can, so it doesn't take much light for them to think it's morning and time to rise and shine. About the only things I can think of are to use thick curtains to keep the sleeping area very dark, or tire him out with a good long walk before bedtime.

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Hello Ifshadow and aboard to Dogforum. I was going to suggest that you tire him out (What's his name?) either with a good walk or some tugging on toy with you. What time does he go to bed? And the other dog won't be helping him either. But yes black out the windows with nice thick material or even a couple thick blankets would do the trick I at least can get 8 hrs sleep with my Nipper. Good luck and hope you get it sorted! ATB
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Hi Ifshadow, teach him to "go lay down" and when he gets you up send him out with a stern commanding voice. It won't be too many days before he gets the idea that it's really no fun to wake a human before they're ready.

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n0mad.I don't think it's right to punish him just because he awake earlier than his owner. No tire him out and block the day light out this is
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To tell a dog to go lay down isn't a punishment. Keep in mind all dogs think in pack order, they think like dogs, not like us. If he were to disturb another dog that didn't want to get up that dog would growl at him and maybe even snap at him. I don't think telling him firmly to go lay down is a punishment, it's simply the "big dog" saying, I'm not ready to get up right yet, go back to bed for a bit.

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My two Pits sleep with me. At 08:30pm CST, Skyy, my little female, comes over to me(at my computer) and starts vocalizing trying to get my attention. I usually go to bed at 08:30pm and read. At 05:00am, I get up to make coffee, shower, and prepare for work. The dogs have got my schedule down pat and so sleeping in on the weekends is next to impossible. If I sleep past 05:15pm, "Little Bit" starts licking my face!
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My previous dog, Lacy, suddenly at 13 years of age began coming to my bed about 5:30 every morning, poking her large paw into the side of the mattress by my shoulders, waking me. Like your dog, she never wanted to go out or eat. It seemed as if she were checking I was alive. After a bit of this I was nervous as heck and considering seeing a doctor for a checkup!!! Then just as suddenly as it started, she stopped. I'm really no help to you, because I have no idea what was going on. Hope your dog gives up the behavior soon. It can be very unnerving...and tiring.
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How about locking your door so he can't get in?

Or simply tell him to go back cause it is too early?

Or just reprimand him and have him go out.

Maybe then he will stop waking you up so early.

They say it takes seven days to break a habit, try it and it just may work.

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