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Old 02-13-2007, 09:50 AM   #1
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Default Puppy won't let me sleep.

I thought my pup of 12 weeks would improve with time, but she still wakes me up a few times a night. I hear her moving around and she gives a small whimper and I get up to take her outside. She did 1&2.........but every morning at about 7AM she starts to Yap and won't let me sleep in.

Now she has gone to bed at midnight, and been out twice.........but she won't let me sleep in. I get up, let her out, she eats and then the princess decides to have a nap, after I am awake and drinking coffee.

I am soooooooo tired in the morning! I have lupus and I tend to need more sleep.

I wonder if I will ever sleep again?
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:02 AM   #2
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That is frustrating I'm sure Pauline. She's still a pup and is going to have to go to the potty at the worst of times during the night....but as she gets older, this is something she will grow out of. When Shelby was a pup (3 years ago) I think we would get up, not because she woke us up or anything, to take her outside for potty time.
I don't think she would yelp for us to stay once we were up to take her out. But I do remember how she yelped the first night we had her home, we put her in the center of our family room in a large box, because the one she was in when we brought her home, wasn't high enough and she kept jumping out of it. We camped downstairs that night.

She didn't want to be in the big box, and kept whining and whimpering, no end in sight (and yes, she had gone to do business, so that wasn't it)...we didn't want to give in. We didn't want her to learn that she will get what she wants by acting this way.

She wouldn't stop whimpering and trying to get out of the box, it had probably been about an hour, and we did give in, we took her out of the box, and wouldn't you know it, all she wanted was to lay on the carpeting in the room and fall asleep. No more whimpering.

This doesn't really have anything to do with your situation...sorry to ramble like that. But perhaps you need to try not giving into her...go back to bed after you have taken her out. She has formed a pattern now, and you need to re-adjust the pattern. I'm not saying don't get up when she whines to be taken out, that is a good thing, she is letting you know she has to go. But if you have taken her out and she continues to whine and whimper, and you know she did her business, go back to bed and do what you can to ignore it.

Where do you keep her? Does she have a dog bed or a favorite toy?
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When she whines, how do you approach her?

Do you come right away to comfort her with some "its okay baby...what's wrong?"...if so, you are only enforcing her behavior. Never tell a dog "its okay" when it isn't. It is very common for dog owners to use "its okay"...I used to do it too. But I learned that by saying that during a time when the dog is frightened or not behaving as it should, I'm only enforcing that behavior. Praise the dog for good behavior only.
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I've read that puppies are incapable of physically "holding it" until the age of 12 weeks. So, you're about to surpass that big obstacle. However, that doesn't mean that you're going to sleep through the night without accident soon. It takes a bit longer than that ... probably another solid month. Ozzy was probably right at 4 to 4.5 months before he slept through the night. I did limit the amount of water available to him at bedtime (like about 3/4" in a small water bowl).

MyDogShelby's advice is also key. Never reward behavior you don't want with "it's OK" etc. If she does wake you up to go outside, I'd just go to her pick her up & take her outside (praise quickly only for the good deed) & put her right back to bed without any "reward" of extra attention. She needs to know that just because she is awake & demanding your attention that it isn't going to work in the middle of the night.
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I've read that puppies are incapable of physically "holding it" until the age of 12 weeks. So, you're about to surpass that big obstacle. However, that doesn't mean that you're going to sleep through the night without accident soon. It takes a bit longer than that ... probably another solid month. Ozzy was probably right at 4 to 4.5 months before he slept through the night. I did limit the amount of water available to him at bedtime (like about 3/4" in a small water bowl).

MyDogShelby's advice is also key. Never reward behavior you don't want with "it's OK" etc. If she does wake you up to go outside, I'd just go to her pick her up & take her outside (praise quickly only for the good deed) & put her right back to bed without any "reward" of extra attention. She needs to know that just because she is awake & demanding your attention that it isn't going to work in the middle of the night.
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Hi Pauline....Your getting there ...hang in there ....she is still young, but should improve maybe in another month. The effort you put into "house breaking" her will help speed the process up....just like having a baby isn't it? Late night feedings and diaper changes.... ...but you are having sleepless nights....and that is terrible. I know you just can't ignore her..being with what you have gone through...so all I can say is ....hope this time goes fast!!! It will...trust me..... By the way, I love your new avatar...great picture!!!!
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Gracie sleeps in her crate right in our bedroom. She doesn't really yelp in the middle of the night, but I can hear her and know she has to go out so I get up if it has been long enough. When I do take her out, I make her do her business and back to bed. She is fine with that.

She does yelp at 7AM, like she is telling us......okay it's time to get up and feed me. LOL........

Maybe I am asking for too much. Getting up at 7AM is reasonable.

In the afternoon, I want to take a nap, so I have been trying to train her to have one too. I put her in the crate again and try to get some sleep. She crys at first and settles down. I guess it all boils down to what I will allow her to get away with.

I am just wondering when she will be able to hold it until morning. This pup has a lot of bowel movements too. You wouldn't believe it.

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent. Sometimes just sharing our frustrations helps.
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Thanks Jan, for the pep talk and encouragement. I needed to hear it......

Thanks Shelby's Mom and Katz! I really do appreciate all the input. Sometimes all is needed is to refocus on the solution. I lose sight of it when I get too tired.
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Thanks Jan, for the pep talk and encouragement. I needed to hear it......

Thanks Shelby's Mom and Katz! I really do appreciate all the input. Sometimes all is needed is to refocus on the solution. I lose sight of it when I get too tired.
Your welcome Pauline, your going to get through this...it will just take a little time. Hmmm, wake-ups at 7 a.m., that is pretty normal for a pup her age I would think...not the time you want to get up though, lol

Pauline, your pup is darling! I second on your avatar being very cute, LOVE it!
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She's still too young to expect her to sleep. At least she's waking you when she needs to go out. She just loves you so much, she wants to start her day with you as early as possible!
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