Will this work to get 7 month old to stop waking me at night? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Will this work to get 7 month old to stop waking me at night?

Bear has been sleeping out of his crate in my bedroom doing well for about a month now, but the last few days he's started trying to lick/paw me in the middle of the night for attention. Needless to say I'm not thrilled.

I want to avoid putting him back in his crate all night because he always seemed to pant really heavily in it as a puppy (even with the ac and fans blasting) and he can't really stretch out in there.

Does anyone think it would work if I let him sleep loose at night until he does something to disturb me; and then if he does take him for a potty break and put him in the crate for the rest of the night? Will he learn to stop waking me or will that not really register?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 02:35 AM
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From what I can tell, if you do that course of action, he could associate the licking/pawing during the night with an indicator to you that he needs to go out. I'd say the best way to deter it, is to just ignore it. He will eventually get the idea that when you are in bed, lick/pawing at you isn't going to get him anywhere.

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