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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sleep questions...

Hey all, I just got a 14 week old pup (belle). She is not only my first german shepherd, but also my first dog.
Our pup has to sleep in the Lanai, so I have a question about bedtime. First of all, does she have night vision, and if yes then to what extent?
We have street lights in the distance in the backyard, but I just want to make sure she can see her way around if she has to get up.
Second of all, should she be sleeping through the night or is it normal for her to get up sometimes. She gets up and makes noise but I'm not really sure why.
Help. I appreciate the advice. Im trying the best I can.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 10:34 PM
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Anna are you crating Belle? If not, may I ask why? This may be a safe way to keep her from hurting herself or getting herself in trouble. At 14 weeks of age, I didn't trust my GS to be out and about on his own. I would crate him during the night, of course, I would hear him get up and change positions or he may whine because he had to go out, but otherwise, he slept right through the night.

I would recommend crating Belle. It would also allow you to rest easier knowing she is safe.

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i also think you should crate your puppy during the night.
your puppy can probably hold it over night. at 4 months old
i would let my puppy out in the middle of the night. i like my dogs to be comfortable.
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I am not crating belle yet. I was thinking about it, but because our lanai is relatively small, I figured it would be ok. Besides what if she does "go" in her crate in the middle of the night?
Should she be sleeping throughout the night at her age?
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Re: Sleep questions...

I would absolutely get a crate! Not only will it help housebreak your pup, it will, as the others have said keep her safe.

Plus, if you need some "you" time, the crate is ...great.

There are many threads about crate training. For your sanity and the dogs safety, due some research and start crate training.

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Re: Sleep questions...

What is a lanai? It is much easier to housebreak your pup if they sleep in your room in a crate.

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Re: Sleep questions...

Assuming the crate is the right size for her -- not too big -- just enough room for her to lie down and turn around, she'll likely cry or whine if she needs to "go" while she's in her crate at night. Dogs don't like to have to pee and poop where the sleep and eat.

From 12 weeks on, we only had to take Juno out right before bed, once in the middle of the night (we set our alarm clock), and then first thing in the morning. That lasted only about two weeks -- by four months, she could definitely hold it all night.

She's always slept through the night -- she gets up in her crate and turns around and shifts but she's fine in there until we get up.

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