|10-31-2013 09:51 PM|
My 14 yr old dog is having some heart issues and the medication she's on makes her pee 3 or 4 times a night. All 3 of my dogs sleep in my room, my 14 yr old on my bed, 5 yr old in his bed and my 9 month old gsd in his open door crate. When my 14 year old dog has to go pee of course that means ALL my other dogs have to follow me outside. I have one eye open, slipping and tripping all over..lol, but like others have said I couldn't dream of putting her in the garage. To me its the life I've chosen to have dogs, they are like kids and yes I would love to have a complete night sleep, but I love my dogs more.
Trust me I'd kill to be able to just get up 1 time a night
|10-31-2013 09:02 PM|
Crate. Big fluffy dog bed. Snackums.
A dog is never too old to learn any new tricks. Plus it doesn't have to be in the garage, I personally am against it but hey, everyone's life is different
Stick the super large crate by the side of the bed, or at the foot. You may even be able to just leave it open after a while and he can learn to go in and rest by himself.
I feel you about the wildlife, but if you want some peace while sleeping you're just gonna have to face the howling music and draw the line.
Let us know what ya do!
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|10-28-2013 09:57 PM|
|Ali B.||No way I could do that. All three of my girls sleep with us in the bedroom. Each one of them has their own bed. They all know when it's bedtime and head straight for the bedroom. I couldn't see changing a routine they are so familiar with. Yeah it might be a pain to get up in the middle of the night to let them out to pee but it's only for a few minutes. I have no problem with that and end up going to the bathroom myself lol! Maybe you can try keeping your window closed and try an oscillating fan or ceiling fan if you have one so your dog isn't distracted by the coyotes.|
|10-28-2013 01:42 PM|
Before you change his sleeping habits rule out uti or some other illness. I'd even restrict water before I made him sleep alone in the garage. My seizure dog is gated off between my bed and the wall at bedtime. She can't get a drink and does fine. If my dogs do wake me up it's usually because they really have to go. When Kiya was first put on meds she woke me several times during the night, I work full time and need to sleep. I felt bad for her and thought she really had to go out but it was becoming a routine and not a matter of her having to go. My vet told me practice a little tuff love tell her "no" and go back to sleep I did and she stopped waking me up.
Make sure they test his urine.
|10-28-2013 01:10 PM|
thanks for all the posts. And we used to ignore him, but now he scratches until he gets a response, lol! As far as his dog door in the garage, he doesn't like it: he has a slipped disk and somehow that door seems to trigger a nerve and hurt him some.
Anyways, we found the perfect solution. We fenced the two ways that lead into the family room, and that leaves him with a space that is roughly 48 in x 12, pretty nice. He has 2 beds as he likes to change spots during the night (lucky him, I don't have 2 beds). We've also don't give him water after 8 pm, and that seems to have solved the problem, as he used to guzzle it down all evening. I leave the bedroom door slightly opened so I can hear if he's in need of something, and for the 3rd night, it's been totally peaceful, yeeeeaaah! Perhaps the new water scheme helps, and the fact that we're not so readily available. He seems to get it, and seems in no rush to get up for his walk in the morning.
Happy day, problem solved and everyone seems content.
|10-25-2013 07:13 PM|
One thing you could try is a verbal correction for when he wants to go out to stop him trying it.
He is accustomed to going out because you get up and let him out. If you ignored him he will stop. A dog will whine if it really needs to go.
I would give him a chance to learn.
|10-25-2013 06:17 PM|
When it is not rainy, Babs can take herself outside through her doggy door, and then come back to bed. But since she has to pass the others to get out there, it usually starts a chorus of Who's that!?!, Hey!, Hi Babs, Is it time to get up??? and so forth, so usually I shut the baby gate and keep her in my bedroom/bathroom/hall area.
If you have a small patio with concrete, a dog door out there, with an x-pen clipped to the patio area to give the dog 4x4 or 4x8' area to potty, might help you out.
Of course if it is rainy, he will go out there long enough to get good and wet and then come right back in.
If he was making it through the night, and now he isn't, he could have a UTI. A urine test might be a good idea. It's kind of tough with a girl, chasing her around with a pie pan, some people say a ladle works good. Still, a UTI is easy to solve, and an 8 year old dog is not so ancient they should be able to make it through the night.
|10-25-2013 05:52 PM|
I couldn't do it
call me a sap, but all my dogs sleep in my room or on my bed..Yeah it may inconvenient to get up sometimes in the nite to let my 14 year old aussie out to pee, but it's part of my responsibility as a dog owner..She's given me so much over the years, it's just me giving a little thing back to all she's given me..
I would "kill" to have my male still with me if it meant I had to get up in the middle of nite every nite to let him out ..
|10-25-2013 02:38 PM|
|Sindyeli||I explained in my original post why. He used to sleep through the night, and sometimes will but now seems to wake me up almost every night (never my hb, of course) to go out of a minute. He didn't use to.|
|10-25-2013 02:35 PM|
|selzer||He's slept with you for eight years, and now you guys don't like it? Has something changed? He's always gotten up in the middle of the night?|
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