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Old 05-04-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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we just got a 4 mo spanish waterdog puppy. surprisingly (thank the gods) he has been holding his bladder all night long. the first few nights we were setting an alarm and taking him out to pee a few times but he wouldnt go and has been keeping his crate clean and dry. however, he isnt sleeping through the night. he'll whine alot and bark until someone (me usually) goes to him and lays next to the crate. sometimes he'll go to sleep but mostly he will sit quietly as long as someone is near him.
he also naps alot during the day, especially since we try to keep in the crate between taking him out to pee (trying to housebreak him and that's what we were advised to do).
I'm thinking maybe he's sleeping too much during the day so he's up all night?
does that make any sense? or is this a normal puppy stage thing?
would really love some advice, I could use a full night's sleep once in a while.
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Try making the intervals you take him out longer and add time as he makes it longer.
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Hi and welome aboard to the 'commuinty' Does he have any play time during the day I would also have a 20 min session every night to tire him out a tired dog is a happy dog and whwn he cries at night ignore it's only attention seeking what you could do is get a old 'T' shirt rub your body over it and put in his crate along with (if you have one) a ticking clock and put that under his beding he will soon settle down and you can get a good nights sleep Good luck and let us know how you get on!
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ok, thanks guys. puppy had lots of playtime today, but he's been napping since 8 PM (is almost 10 now). I cant wake him for nothing. we usually say goodnight around 11, so I am hoping he isnt up all night again. anyway, I have the t-shirt all ready and the ticking clock.
really appreciate the advice, neither I nor my husband ever had a pet before so I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.

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By 16 weeks of age "most" puppies should be able to sleep through the night but a lot depends on activity level and breed type. Is he crated while you are at home during the day or during the hours you are out?
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Is he crated while you are at home during the day or during the hours you are out?
...I was wondering the same thing. I would play with him...rolling a ball, etc., something that gets him active and will tire him out, right before bedtime.

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ok, thanks guys. puppy had lots of playtime today, but he's been napping since 8 PM (is almost 10 now). I cant wake him for nothing. we usually say goodnight around 11, so I am hoping he isnt up all night again. anyway, I have the t-shirt all ready and the ticking clock.
really appreciate the advice, neither I nor my husband ever had a pet before so I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.
I think possibly shift the 8pm sleeping to 10 oclock so get in to a routine now and gradually bring the changes in!!!! And @ 16 weeks there will be quite a lot of bladder control too Good luck
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By 16 weeks of age "most" puppies should be able to sleep through the night but a lot depends on activity level and breed type. Is he crated while you are at home during the day or during the hours you are out?
I'm homeschooling one of my kids so we are pretty much home all the time. we keep amigo in his crate for about 1.5 - 2 hrs and then we take him out to pee/play for anywhere between 20 min to an hr.

last night he was up around 2 am barking, not whining, so I thought maybe he needed to go out. I took him out and he pooped, and then went back to sleep in the crate. at 4, he was whining a bit and went right back to sleep. or so I thought. this morning I found my 3 yo daughter sleeping next to the crate.

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I'm homeschooling one of my kids so we are pretty much home all the time. we keep amigo in his crate for about 1.5 - 2 hrs and then we take him out to pee/play for anywhere between 20 min to an hr.

last night he was up around 2 am barking, not whining, so I thought maybe he needed to go out. I took him out and he pooped, and then went back to sleep in the crate. at 4, he was whining a bit and went right back to sleep. or so I thought. this morning I found my 3 yo daughter sleeping next to the crate.

I really appreciate your taking the time to help a newbie out.
I bet that was just adorable to see your daughter sleeping by the crate.. kind of makes you wish you had your camera in your pajama pocket :-) During the day if you are home, you might try tethering him to you so that you can keep a close eye on him in case he needs to go out and then praise him to the heavens when he does (though I do understand that tethering with a 3 year old little one isn't exactly convenient if possible at all). I'm glad to hear he barked to let you know he needed to go out... even if it was at 2 am
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so I do try to occasionally tether him to me, and I think I've got an eye on him but I will still find myself stepping in puddles and have no idea when that happened! very frustrating, so I've been resorting to the crate-or-outside thing for now.

I was totally thrilled that he barked to go out last night (even at 2 am) and you can believe I was praising that dog as though he cured cancer.

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