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Old 08-27-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default 14-week pup wails at 4:30 every morning

We are exhausted! Little Bailey, a miniature schnauzer, wails at 4:30 in the morning. We take him out for a pee at 11:00 p.m. (After he has slept downstairs with us for about three hours and we take him and our older dog, Candy upstairs to our bedroom). My husband usually gives him a little food at this point. He is then crated in our bedroom and Candy sleeps in her basket. At 4:30, he starts the most ghastly wailing. So one of us gets up and takes him out for a pee and gives him his brekky. This morning, I got up, took him out (Candy in tow) and didn't feed him until 5:30, which is when I used to get up. The pair of them just followed me round waiting to be fed. So, I am assuming this is a "get up and feed me" wail as opposed to a true hungry tummy wail.

Am I doing the right thing here? We would like to ignore his wails altogether but I'm scared it will wake the neighbours as the houses are very close where we live. That's Bailey in the pic by the way.

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Old 08-27-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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That's never a fun situation. Unfortunately it sounds like Bailey is training you to do what he wants. If you continue to wait until 5:30 to feed him, you will hopefully teach him that this is the feeding time. He is 14 weeks and getting used to so many different things.

It is difficult for you to ignore the wails because, like you said, you are concerned about the neighbors. The final decision on that will obviously be up to you.

On a positive note, you are teaching him how to communicate with you. When he has to go potty, he lets you know and you immediately respond! You may find that this is a stage as well. Like I said above, he is getting used to everything. For example, my Great Dane used to wake us up at 6:00 a.m. every morning for potty time. She would whimper and scratch at the kennel door. Now, she doesn't start this until 8:00 a.m. That's a big difference!!!

Just continue to be patient and find a consistency to implement (aka feeding at 5:30 every morning and other things like that). I wish you the best of luck! I hope you feel a little more encouraged.
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Yes, we figured he is training us. We'll keep up with the 5:30 feeding and see if this helps. Thanks so much for the encouragement...

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We get up at 4:30. Wailing would help us get out of bed later in the week! Lucy will sometimes put her paw up on Dave's bed when we try to 'sleep' in to 6 on his day off.
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Getting up early is great during the week but, unlike my Blackberry, Bailey's alarm can't be set for weekdays only.

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Hello Antonia and welcome to the forum!

Puppies can be a handful and especially 14 week old ones.
Dogs don't need much light to be able to see, so they tend to wake up at the crack of dawn. Add to that the possibility of Bailey realizing he's alone when he wakes up and it's no surprise that he has something to say.

I think eventually he'll sleep through the night but for now I would get up and let him out if he needs to go. I assume he's getting 3 or 4 meals a day?

Personally I think you're way ahead of the game if he is telling you he needs to go outside. I wound't feed him just before bedtime, nor would I give him very much water.
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Little Bailey isn't really alone. He sleeps right next to our bed in his crate. He can see both us (great for the love life) and Candy from his crate. He's pretty good about peeing although we sometimes find a puddle on the kitchen floor. Pooing is good. He knows that when I wave at the back of the yard it means go up there and perform. I don't think he actually needs to go outside at 4:30 as often all we get is a trickle and then a bolt inside for food.

He's extremely bright and affectionate, more so than our other little darling was at his age. What a handful though . Oh, yes, he gets four meals a day!

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Feed him his last meal of the day an hour later and he might let you sleep for that extra hour.
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What a little cutie he is! Hope you can sort out this prob...it is very early.
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Oh he is very cute! he's much bigger now. I was up at 4:45 this morning He gets his last feed at about 10:30 pm. I think the early waking is more habit than anything else.

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