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Old 04-08-2014, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a one and three quarter month male that I got from a rescue about 5 mos ago. Basic training went well. He hated being in a cage at night...very loud crying and finally destroyed it one night. He now sleeps in the bedroom on the floor. He sleeps through the night and waits for me to wake up when my husband is out of town. But when my husband is home my dog still settles in at bedtime but wakes up at five or six am pacing and wanting to go out or get up for the day instead of "sleeping in." Its like clockwork. My husband gets up to let him out. Buddy used to do this at two or three in the morning but thank God that stopped.

Also he seems somewhat intimidated by my husband but not horribly so. Very bonded to me and is very much a mama's boy.

Any ideas on how to manage this would be appreciated. THANKS
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My husband gets up to let him out. Buddy used to do this at two or three in the morning but thank God that stopped.

Also he seems somewhat intimidated by my husband but not horribly so. Very bonded to me and is very much a mama's boy.
I'll assume that your pup has settled in nicely, finding your leadership role one that suits him well. I'll assume that you have a routine that you follow through out the day when your husband isn't home. A routine that includes a lot of interaction between you and pup. I'll even guess that you most likely carry on conversations with your pup. Your pup knows what you expect from him.

When your husband comes home, the dynamics change. Your behavior changes. Your routine changes. Some dogs really thrive on routine. Even the slightest changes can upset the apple cart.

You can't be the leader when husband isn't home and then pass the torch to hubby when he is. The relationship between your pup and your husband will come. It will just take a bit more time.

While your allowing your pup to bond to hubby, you keep the leadership role. When your pup gets up in the middle of the night, you take him out. You tell him to 'settle and go back to sleep'. Help your pup understand what it is you expect from him when Hubby is home.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Lol OP, your DH is spoiling your pup - why is he getting up at 5am to let him out? You've put a stop to it yourself, and so should he. I know a few people who've been trained by their dogs not to sleep through the night. Ugh, after they're old enough to hold it, why?! Letting your DH be the one who feeds the pup should also help.
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Not sure how your general socialization and dog classes are progressing. Without them, frequently a rescued dog that is rather isolated in it's new home with one person may become TOO bonded and used to the one person rather than accepting an entire new life with all that comes with it.

Meeting hundreds of people (don't have to be best friends, but out and about). Going to classes in a controlled environment with other dogs and people. Not overwhelming but instead exposing our pups to all the 'real' world is made up of. Strangers (and they are wonderful). Plus 'our' people and they are wonderful too!!!

Socialization and training should last our entire dogs lives, not just when they are puppies. Same with training. And with a rescue it's just as important.

I have NO issues with your DH letting the dog out at 5 am. But the fact the dog doesn't then just come in and settle is the issue. But it's JUST a training issue! Lay down. Go to your place. Settle. Whatever. And fact is, your pup is NOT listening to you either which does show a normal leadership issue that just needs to be worked thru by you and your DH. Not with excuses. Just with training. And, if you are like me, I go to the professionals so it's fast and easy for everyone!

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I am going to follow this thread because my 10 month old female is doing the same thing! She wakes us up every morning at 4 am by licking our faces to go outside. We just adopted her last month but she started doing this about a week after we got her. She was kenneled at night for the first week and after that she started sleeping in our room. That's when it all started. Maybe she needs to go back in the kennel. She likes it there anyway. We just liked having both dogs with us at night.
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I am going to follow this thread because my 10 month old female is doing the same thing! She wakes us up every morning at 4 am by licking our faces to go outside. We just adopted her last month but she started doing this about a week after we got her. She was kenneled at night for the first week and after that she started sleeping in our room. That's when it all started. Maybe she needs to go back in the kennel. She likes it there anyway. We just liked having both dogs with us at night.
Best compromise would be to put a crate in your bedroom beside your bed. That way she'd be contained. You'd get some sleep. And she'd more gradually learn your morning sleeping behaviors.

We only crate for as long as we have to.
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