|10-02-2013 10:44 AM|
My pup is about 5 months old now, and as he got older he just started to do better with sleeping in so to speak. We used to have to get up at 5:30-6 am, now he has let me sleep in until 9:30 though I usually get up at 8 with him. Thor was really good with the crate from the get go, but definitely got better as he got older.
My advice, just keep doing what you're doing. After you take him out for his morning potty, stuff some earplugs in so that last hour isn't unbearable. He'll learn to settle, and then you may not need the earplugs and you'll be able to slowly start stretching the time a bit longer.
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|10-02-2013 09:10 AM|
|jhowe19||Yeah perhaps I should clarify that our normal bedtime is around 1 or 2 am so him sleeping until 6 is only 4 hours.. He goes outside right before bed and I don't let him drink any water late in the evening. And I do give him something to chew on that he absolutely loves when we put him back in there in the morning.. I've even tried a kong with some peanut butter but all he wants to do is get out of that crate!|
|10-02-2013 09:06 AM|
well I'd say your kinda lucky that he's waking up at 5/6 and not all nite long. Unless of course he's waking you up prior to that in the middle of the nite as well?
If he's sleeping all nite until 5/6 he's probably more than ready to get up and stay up, it might also be he sees your lab loose and wants out to play?
I dont think moving the crate is the answer..
When you put him back in the crate, can you give him something appropriate to gnaw on? That might keep him quiet for awhile, or you might just have to get up early with him and stay up?
I know when I've had puppies, at that young age, (8wks) last outside break was 10/11 she would sometimes wake me up around 2, to potty, then go back to bed till well, around 6.. not much later until they got older
|10-02-2013 09:00 AM|
Crating at Night
We brought home our new German shepherd puppy last Sunday at 7 weeks old.. Overall he is a great puppy, doesn't even really have accidents in the house as he was raised outside and is comfortable going to the washroom on the grass, eats well, gets along with our 10 month old lab really well.
It's only when we put him in the cage at night that we're having some issues.. He will wake up screaming at 5 or 6 am, which is fine because I understand he has to pee so I take him outside and then bring him right back in to the cage. But the problem is that he continues to scream in the morning, it's like once he's up, he's up for the day.
The first week I was very understanding.. He's just a baby, we took him from his mom and he needs time to settle in. But at this point a week and a half in, I feel like he should be able to go back to sleep for a couple of hours in the morning should he not? We have the cage at the end of our bed and when he's fussing we don't acknowledge him at all. But after an hour of him screaming i finally give up and take him out because we sure aren't going back to sleep anymore.
Should I be moving the cage to a different floor in the house? Is it more difficult for the puppy because our 10 month old lab is free to roam around and he isn't? I have tried giving him a good thick antler that he loves to chew on (and can't break pieces off of) when I put him back in the cage in the morning and he simply ignores it and instead scratches on the cage and cries. Does he just need more time with the same routine?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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