That sounds like a great plan.
As far as the 1am trips, are you restricting water after a certain time? My dogs don't get anymore water after they've had their last potty for the night.
Oh yeah on the water pulled up. That started on Day 2.
He was out at 1AM then was acting like his bladder was going to explode at 4:10AM
At about 7:15 AM or so, he started his pacing around the house, going to the back door, running back in the kitchen, so on and so forth.
I grabbed his lead and put him in a down/stay by me while I was doing things on the puter, and he laid here acting fine and even fell asleep.
I waited until about 7:45, took off his lead and asked him if he wanted outside.
Then he went outside, he did his business and came right back in.
He has been kind of running me ragged not knowing when he really had to go, when he just wanted to play and roll around in the snow out there, etc.
So I am going to start having scheduled play time/walks outside and then after that..too bad buddy!
I am not going to let him squirm. When I did the down stay with him this morning, he seemed okay and was wagging his tail, then dropped off to sleep.
If he was still acting agitated, I wouldn't have had him wait so long.