Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I will also say that I know some people prefer to set an alarm at night and feel that if they let the dog out when he fusses, it gives the dog the impression he can go out whenever he wants. I've never had this problem. I try to keep the puppies active before bed so they are legitimately tired. If they fuss, I take them out and they always go potty. I've never had a puppy that would mess around outside and not go, and then go once back inside. All my dogs, even my 8 year old dog, go outside and take care of business first. Anyway, I've found that at first puppies can be inconsistent at night so an alarm wouldn't really help me. Sometimes they need to go out 3 times, sometimes just once about halfway through. I want to encourage them "telling" me so I let them wake me up whether I've been asleep for 2 hours or 6 hours. They've all been sleeping through the night by 4-5 months of age, even the hardest ones. My last puppy had worms so it was really important he get to go out any time he felt the urge.