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Old 02-11-2010, 11:58 AM   #1
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I love my 17 week old black lab puppy but the barking is out of control in the morning!! My schedule for the last month with my puppy is she is falling asleep at 8 pm each night while I'm watching television. I wait till 10 pm just before I go to bed to take her out to potty before placing her in her crate at 10 pm in a seperate room in my house for the night. So she sleeps sound till 4:40am every morning till I hear her crying and wanting out. I proceed to let her out to relieve herself every morning at 4:40am. I then take her back to her crate and I proceed to go back to bed when she starts in barking for at least an hour straight. I then get out of bed at 6am totally tired because i have tried to ignore her barking!!!! I then take her out to feed her and all is ok at that time.

I just cant stop her from barking from 4:40 to 6 am every morning!!!
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When you put her back into the crate give her a nummy chewtoy. Unless you already tried it or a kong with peanutbutter in it. Something to keep her occupied. now the puppy has also learnt that when she barks you come. you will have to do this during a weekend where you put her in and ignore her til she completely stops barking. THEN you let her out.

I would also suggest to do more loving the crate training, leave it open with a snack in it so she goes in and out of it on her own and get more attached to it as a security spot.

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Hi and aboard to Df has your puppy always done this barking? I think it's wise to put a old 'T' shirt on top of her bedding ( What's her name? ) which has your body scent over it as I believe the puppy gets you up to go for a pee but then doesn't understand why you are going back to bed!! LOL You are doing the right thing by ignoring her What you could also try is a couple of bangs on the floor with a shoe followed by a firm 'No' This was done a few months back when Nipper wanted me to get up early and she is 2!! I banged the floor and she was quiet again. It's all about who is in charge her or you? ATB
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I love my 17 week old black lab puppy but the barking is out of control in the morning!! My schedule for the last month with my puppy is she is falling asleep at 8 pm each night while I'm watching television. I wait till 10 pm just before I go to bed to take her out to potty before placing her in her crate at 10 pm in a seperate room in my house for the night. So she sleeps sound till 4:40am every morning till I hear her crying and wanting out. I proceed to let her out to relieve herself every morning at 4:40am. I then take her back to her crate and I proceed to go back to bed when she starts in barking for at least an hour straight. I then get out of bed at 6am totally tired because i have tried to ignore her barking!!!! I then take her out to feed her and all is ok at that time.

I just cant stop her from barking from 4:40 to 6 am every morning!!!
Help I need more sleep!
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I don't claim to have any experience in this but I thought of something that might help. Anyone feel free to correct me on this one. Might a change of when she gets up to pee help? Maybe set the alarm for say, 2 a.m. and get her up to pee and when you put her back in she should go right back to sleep and hopefully till you're ready to get up. Just an idea . Oh, and the idea about the kong is a great idea. If she goes through it too quickly then try putting the peanut butter filled kong in the freezer before bed and giving it to her when she gets up at 4.

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Hello, we got our dog Joe, a rescue dog, when he was around 17months old and like you I ended up knackered! LOL! Joe barked, whined and scratched the door at silly-am times after being with us full time for a few weeks, it drove me mad. To start with we were going down stairs to him thinking he needed the loo or something, let him out, yes he'd go to the toilet but not because he was desperate, just because we let him out. Your dog may be desperate but ours wasn't and clearly wanted some fun! Once we figured this out, whenever he barked etc we went to the door or shouted down the stairs a firm 'NO' and more often than not we'd hear a loud, 'humph' from Joe and he'd flop back down on his bed and go back to sleep

Another thing I do is take his water away at 7.30pm-8.00pm each night and let him out every hr-2hours depending on him, and always let him out about 9pm and then the last wee just before we go to bed.

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