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Old 12-28-2012, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all! I have a 9 month old female GSD who sleeps in my bedroom at night. I baby gate the door so she cant leave the room. Normally, she sleeps from when we get into the room (around 1030) and sleeps until 6. She wakes up before 6 but doesn't get me up until 6. It's actually pretty amazing, like she can tell time lol. Anyway, the last week she has been restless. She jumps on the bed, jumps off the bed, walks around the room, sniffs my face, etc. She does this for HOURS. I have been taking her outside incase she had to go to the bathroom. She just sits there. She is also very good at listening. This morning around 4 she was doing her restless thing again, so I took her out and she sat outback staring at me. She listens very well to me but this morning she just stared at me and wouldn't come in. I had to go out and get her. I ended up baby gating her in the downstairs bathroom which is where she goes when i am not home. She was fine, didn't bark or anything. Even right now, Daisey is outside and walking around. She normally does her business and wants to come in. I don't get it. Is her new behavior just partnof her personality that is coming out or something? Btw I walk her everyday. Maybe I need to walk her longer? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I went thru something similar and eventually I did "tuff love" told my dog to go lay down and I rolled over and went back to sleep.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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She's getting older and has different needs. If there isn't anything medical some 'go lay down' tough love may help.

But generally as my puppies grow, I have to change what I am doing to adjust as they get into a different stage.

So the amount of exercise that USED to be fine is usually no way enough for my 9 month old dogs. So I need to greatly increase our off leash activities.

My puppies are always very smart so I need to up their training around this time. The easy way is to sign up and attend group dog classes. The built in car ride, socialization and training are ideal to physically and mentally tire my pup so we all get a good night sleep.

Really taking my calendar out and planning activities at least every other day is key so I get sleep and my puppy is getting the stimulation and exercise they need.

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she's got you figured out and has you wrapped around her little finger !

how reasonable are you going to be with sleep deprivation.

get her out of the room in a crate where she can get some rest , because she has no needs to go outside and even if she did it is time for her to be able to hold herself for a few hours . This way she gets rest , you get rest .
Time for less indulgence and a little obedience , putting you in charge and not playing the role of the wish fulfilling fairy godmother -- or you will end up with a spoiled brat .
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I will work on some new "tricks" with her to try and mentally fatigue her. I worked with her for about 2 hours in an open field earlier and now she is passed out sleeping. Maybe I should do that later in the day,closer to bed time. I will try tough love tonight if it happens again. If worse comes to worse, I will just have to baby gate her in the downstairs bathroom again. Thanks again!
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I will work on some new "tricks" with her to try and mentally fatigue her. I worked with her for about 2 hours in an open field earlier and now she is passed out sleeping. Maybe I should do that later in the day,closer to bed time. I will try tough love tonight if it happens again. If worse comes to worse, I will just have to baby gate her in the downstairs bathroom again. Thanks again!
Good for you for coming up with a plan to be proactive and help get her to want to sleep all night. Be much easier to give tell her to quiet and for her to listen and fall right back to sleep if she's not bouncing off the walls with excess energy...

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still 2 hours in a field playing with her is a large chunk of your available free time - and you are still catering to her .
You could do some mind-taxing focus and attention - compliance based exercises instead . 30 minutes of training in an obedience class - 30 minutes of nose work sport , agility -- something where she needs to focus and take direction from you.
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