You work long hours. You’re up early so you value every minute of precious sleep. You’ve loved having a new dog in your home. He’s got a lovely temperament and the kids love him. However, he disturbs your sleep more than just a little. He seems incapable of sleeping through the night. He wakes up and then he moans and whines until someone comes down to comfort him. You’ve tried letting him sleep in your bed but he still wakes you up periodically throughout the night.
You need to train him to sleep all night before you fall asleep at your desk at work. It will also be good for him. He needs a regular sleeping pattern so he’s not sleeping in the day when everyone wants to play with him and wide awake at night when you’re all asleep.
Training your dog to sleep all night will require considerable patience to begin with, but it’s definitely achievable. You need to set a consistent routine and stick to it religiously. That will require resilience on your part, especially to start with. You’ll need to ignore his cries for attention and take a number of steps to ensure he’s tired when night time comes.
If he’s a puppy he should be growing quickly and needing a lot of sleep anyway. That makes your job easier and you could see results in just a few days. If he’s older and been a restless sleeper for many years then you may need several weeks to cement this new habit. Succeed and you’ll be able to close your eyes at night and not open them until that alarm goes off. You’ll get a delightful, relaxing and undisturbed sleep, finally!
Before training can begin you’ll need to collect a few bits. You’ll need a comfy bed for him in a location where he’ll get plenty of privacy. You’ll also need some treats to motivate him to stay put in the evenings. You may also need his favorite toys.
You’ll need to set aside 15 minutes each day to really tiring him out before bedtime comes. Apart from that, you’ll just need patience and a can-do attitude.
Once you’ve got all that you’re ready to get to work!
I can’t get him to sleep through the night he whine and barks a lot I play with him before bed a lot and I have sometimes let him sleep with me just because I needed the rest myself , he may be sleeping slot durhing the day because I work 10-7 , any suggestions ?
Hello Valerie, Unfortunately that is a common problem at his age. Consistency is probably the number one thing that Duke needs. If he cries do not let him out until he is quiet for at least a couple of minutes. He is probably making noise because he wants to be with you instead of in his crate where it is boring, especially because his breed tends to be very dependent on people and on affection. Give it time and do not reward his cries with freedom and affection unless he becomes quiet and remains quiet for five minutes or more. Also give him a stuffed Kong in his crate at night, so that he will have something to do when he wakes up randomly. To stuff the Kong, place some of his dry dog food into a bowl, cover the food with water, so that the water is a little higher in the bowl than the food is, let the food soak until it becomes marshmallow looking mush. This will probably take at least three hours, so it is best done ahead of time. Next, add a little peanut butter, or squeeze cheese if you can't have peanut butter, and mix the peanut butter or cheese with the food. The food should turn into a soggy mush when you do this, and not look like solid pieces of food anymore. Stuff the Kong loosely with clumps of this mush and freeze the Kong overnight or until frozen. If he has a hard time getting food out of the Kong then simply drop the clumps of mush into the Kong. Do not stuff them down, and use a larger sized Kong. It is easiest to purchase several Kongs and prepare them all at the same time ahead of time, so that you can just grab one when needed. You can also give your pup these Kongs during the day, for while you are gone, to keep him more alert and entertained. I recommend feeding your puppy as much of his daily dog food as possible in the form of stuffed Kongs and training rewards, so that you hardly even need a food bowl. Doing that will stimulate him more and encourage him to work for his food and be less bored and frustrated. If that does not work, and time and consistency do not fix it, he might need to spend around three days a week somewhere like a doggie daycare, where he will be active, interacting with the staff and other dogs, and then come home tired. You can also hire a great dog walker, like a walker from Wag!, to not only take him out to go potty during the day but also to take him on a good walk in the middle of the day or play a high energy but focused game with him in your yard. The stuffed Kongs with his meals inside and some more interaction during the day from a walker or doggie daycare should hep with the daytime sleep, so that he is more tired at night. The Kong in his bed at night should give him something other than barking, and consistency should teach him that barking and whining never get him freedom, so learn that he learns crate plus nighttime equals sleep. If you choose to take him to a doggie daycare look for one that has staff that have been trained to properly supervise dog play, so that dogs are not bullying other dogs or getting bullied by other dogs, and so that the interactions are supervised in order to keep dogs safe from potential fights. My favorite types of daycares are ones that requires a pet interview during the first visit, so that the staff there can evaluate temperament and choose an appropriate group for your pup to be in. This keeps all the dogs safer and less stressed. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Will not sleep through the night. He sleeps in kennel (always has) we go to bed at same time every night. But he wakes up at least once a night.
Hello Nicki, He could be waking up for a few different reasons. The reason why he is waking up will have a lot to do with the solution to the problem. If he is receiving any type of attention when he wakes up at night, then he is probably waking up out of habit, in hopes of receiving attention from you. If that is the case, then you will need to give him some tough love and stop responding to his cries. This might take a couple of hours for the first few nights, and you will have to be patient and possibly buy some earplugs, while he learns that waking up is not fun anymore and that he might as well just go right back to sleep. If he is waking up because he is not tired enough then have a look at his daytime schedule. He might need more exercise, less time sleeping during the day, or more physical contact with people during the day. If you can't meet those needs yourself during the day then you might want to look into hiring a dog walker, like Wag!, or into taking him to a doggie daycare about three times a week to play, if he likes other dogs, and into leaving better toys at home, to entertain him. Great toys for entertainment are Kong's, stuffed with your dog's food that has been soaked in water until mushy and mixed with peanut butter or soft cheese, and frozen overnight, or puzzle toys filled with your dog's kibble, or wobble type toys, that your dog has to push around to make treats fall out. If he is needing to go potty during the night still, then a trip to your vet is probably in order. Your dog might have a urinary incontinence issue or something related, such as a urinary tract infection. Those things would make it hard for him to hold his bladder overnight. The issue also could be his eating and drinking schedule. Try removing all food and water two hours before bedtime, and taking him potty right before time to go to sleep. His bladder will remain active until he is sleeping, so it is important not to take him out to go potty for the last time too early before bed, or he might just need to go again before morning. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Coco just had puppies 3 weeks ago. Prior to giving birth, we moved from a large 7 bdrm house to a cute 3 bdrm condo (with no doggie door). She used to be able to let herself out at night if needed. Now, we have to let her out. During the pregnancy she ate a lot! Now, I'm trying to get her back to just eating in the morning, little at lunch and little at dinner and not at all during the night. She whines to go out nearly every hour - it's driving all of us crazy! Sometimes she actually goes, and maybe poos, but last night, she just wanted out to roam and smell her surroundings. We reward her when she actually goes, but I need sleep!!! She doesn't seem to want to sleep with the puppies, and I'm worries she's not feeding them through the night. Can you help me and my 3 kids get a little sleep tonight?? Thanks!
Hello Carla, Coco might be starting the process of weaning. This process often begins around three to five weeks for puppies, and lasts until seven to eight weeks of age or longer. It is typically a very gradual process which helps the mother dog avoid nipple infections. If she is feeding them once during the night that might be enough for the puppies so long as they seem well hydrated and their weight gain is good. If she is feeding them less than every six to eight hours at night then try creating an enclosed area for her, connected to the puppies' whelping box that the puppies cannot get into, but low enough for her to go between her area and the puppies'. That way she will be next to them, and can get to them when they cry to eat, but does not have to touch them or be bothered by them while she sleeps. You want for her to be able to go in and out of the whelping box as she pleases, without moving too far away from them. If she seems to be wanting to be with you at night, then her separation from you might be the issue and moving the puppies' whelping box near where you sleep at night might help. If she is starting the process of weaning then around four weeks you can begin to introduce them to gruel, which is a mixture of puppy food, puppy milk formula, and warm water. It is very soupy at first and the puppy food is soaked in hot water to make it mushy. I would highly recommend not decreasing her caloric intake yet. She will actually need as many or more calories while nursing as she did during the pregnancy. Unless your vet suggests otherwise, I would wait until she has weaned the puppies to decrease her food. Although you might be able to consolidate the number of times per day that she eats, she should still be eating more frequently than normal and more calories than she does when not nursing or pregnant. If she does not get enough calories that can effect her milk supply and health while nursing.. When you take her outside to go potty take her on a leash, stay in one boring spot or walk just a few feet and let her sniff the ground. If she does not go within five minutes then take her back inside. If she goes, then praise her and reward her with the treat, but if she does not go, then bring her back inside and place her into a crate for ten minutes, to discourage her from asking to go out more frequently then she needs to go. Because of her prior pregnancy her bladder capacity is probably still diminished, so more frequent potty breaks are normal, even during the night because she is awake and nursing, which wakes up her bladder as well. Every hour seems excessive though, especially at night, so if she is actually peeing that often I would visit your vet to get her evaluated for blood sugar issues, a urinary tract infection, or bladder damage that occurred during her pregnancy or labor. If she is not actually peeing that often though, then you can assume that it is just normal post pregnancy frequency combined with a desire to be outside. Making the trips outside boring, crating her for a few minutes if she does not actually go, and possibly even eliminating the treat reward, so long as she is doing very well with her potty training and does not need that incentive anymore in your new home. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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How do I know if her puppies are getting enough milk? Can I supplement with any formula type milk for puppies? Should they be wanting water
Hello Carla, Typically a puppy should double his weight by the end of the first week of life. After that he should consistently be gaining weight each week. The exact amount that the puppy should gain will depend on his own genetics from his parentage and your vet's recommendations. Generally expect regular weight gain every week and watch for signs of dehydration, such as skin that does not immediately go back to normal after you pinch it, very yellow pee, white gums, and a dry nose. If you are at all concerned contact your veterinarian. You can also contact your veterinarian for general guidelines on how much your specific puppies should be taking in. If a mother dog has enough milk and is feeding her puppies correctly, then they should not need supplementation with milk. If they are not getting enough from her, then they will need to be bottle fed puppy replacement formula. Do not give them water until they begin the weaning process though. Water on it's own can effect their electrolyte balance negatively when they are not eating solid food also. Here is an article with a bit of information on puppy weight gain: https://www.cuteness.com/blog/content/normal-puppy-weight-gain-for-first-weeks Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi, my miniature schnauzer Chilli is 9 months old he goes to bed nicely but wakes up howling at least once or twice in the night he howls for maybe a couple of minutes then settles down again then wakes again between 4am and 5pm. When he wakes then he starts barking and won’t give up and go back to sleep. He sleeps in the kitchen with our other miniature schnauzer Pepper ( she’s a girl of 19 months ). I’ve tried ignoring him but it doesn’t work he won’t settle down or shut up. We’ve tried having him in our bedroom, he doesn’t howl or bark when he’s in our room but he doesn’t wake up and get out of bed every now and then and sometimes tries to get on our bed. I really need some help, I’ve tried the adaptil plug in but that didn’t help either. Any advise would be great. Also everything he does is at a fast pace, he gets so excited when he sees us in the morning and when you come in from being out.
Hello Diane, There are a couple of reasons why Chili might be howling at night. The first reason is that he might be hearing noises at night. If there are other dogs or coyotes outside that howl during the night, that can cause him to howl. If he is hearing sirens from fire trucks, police cars, or ambulances, those noises can cause him to howl. If there is a high pitched electronic noise that he notices at night, that could also cause him to howl. If noise is the cause, then finding a way to block out that noise, possibly by moving him into another safe room, or by adding something like a sound machine, might help. The second reason why he might be howling is separation anxiety. Because he does not howl in your room while he is with you and because he tends to have a more excitable and anxious temperament, this might be his reason for howling. The fact that your room might not contain the same sounds as the kitchen and the fact that many puppies at nine months old are excitable anyways, means that this is not definitely the cause though. You will have to evaluate how he does while separated from you during the day also. You will also need to evaluate his body language for signs of stress. These signs can include heavy panting, constant whining, lifting one paw up, licking his lips, and general tenseness. If it is separation anxiety, then he will need to learn more independence and will need more structure in general. Most dogs with separation anxiety need for their owners to interact with them in a calm and structured manner. They also need boundaries and consistency to help them feel secure and to build trust and respect toward their owners. They also need to regularly practice alone time in places like the crate for a couple of hours every day, as well as practice distance obedience commands, and calming commands that require self-control, such as the "Place" or "Bed" command. The goal is to build an anxious dog's confidence by teaching him respect for you so that he does not feel the need to be in charge himself, which can cause anxiety. The goal is also to teach him coping skills while he is alone by doing things like crating him with a food stuffed chew-toy and practicing structured obedience where he has to remain in place away from you. "Down Stays" at a distance are good for this. If you end up crating him some to encourage independence during the day, then when you crate him, stuff a Kong chew toy with dog food and treats and give it to him in the crate, so that he will have something to focus his energy on and so that the crate will be more rewarding. When he is quiet in the crate, then go over to the crate and drop treats inside without saying anything, then walk away again. Do not let him out of the crate or kitchen until he has been quiet for at least one second. Solid K-9 Training has a YouTube channel with good crate training instructions for separation anxiety. The last reason that he might he howling is that he is simply being demanding. Adding structure, working on his general respect for you, and correcting the howling behavior, if it truly is just him being demanding, should help. Make sure that you rule out noises and anxiety first though. For the early morning wake ups I suggest that you evaluate his daytime routine and make sure that he is getting adequate mental and physical stimulation during the day and is not sleeping too much during the day. Do this to make sure that he is actually tired still when he wakes up at night and in the early morning, and is not simply bored because he is finished sleeping, which is a different issue entirely, and one that should not be occurring at night. I also suggest you deal with any separation anxiety going on if you feel like that is the issue, because that could be causing the morning barking too. Once those things are taken care of, if it's still an issue, then I suggest that you purchase a crate, spend time getting him used to being in the crate during the day by crate training him, and then when he is used to the crate, utilize it for the early morning wake ups. To utilize the crate in the morning, first, when he cries, silently go to him and take him outside to go potty on a leash without saying anything to him and without letting him play or stay out there for more than five to seven minutes. It is very important that you take him out on a leash so that he cannot play. After he goes potty, quietly praise him, and then take him back inside and place him directly into the crate until it is time for him to get up for the day. Do not feed him. Do not play with him. Do not talk to him. Simply put him back to bed in an area where he has nothing else to do but lay down, which is the crate. If you believe that he really is not tired anymore because he has already slept a long amount of time, then do the above but give him a stuffed Kong to chew on in the crate also. If he ought to still be tired and asleep, then simply place him into the crate without any treats or food. One rubber chew toy without food is fine if you want to give him something, but do not make the crate rewarding. The goal is boring. Expect him to pitch a fit the first week that you do this for, but hopefully by the end of the week he will realize that barking will get him taken outside to go potty but will not get him anything else, and he will choose to be quiet rather than be crated. If all else fails, then crate train him and have him sleep in the crate at night in a quiet and semi-dark location so that he is less likely to be woken up during the night and morning. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We have kennel trained our first husky with no issues. But Malachi has been a completely different story. He has never not cried, I should say screamed, all night in the kennel. We have tried to show that the kennel is a good place, we have ignored him, all the tricks online and he still screams all night. We did try to let him sleep in our room with our other husky but he just wasn’t ready and fully potty trained to sleep through the night yet so we couldn’t continue to do that. But he didn’t cry. The kennel is falling apart from constant battle of him trying to escape. It’s to the point now where I’m wondering if this could be separation anxiety. Any help would be a life saving!
Hello Kimberly, If you have already tried making the crate a very pleasant place by dropping treats inside for Malachi to find, dropping treats into the crate while he is being quiet inside it for a second, and placing a food stuffed Kong in the crate with him when you place him inside, then the issue might be a need for more structure in order for him to feel more secure in general and to learn how to calm himself down and develop coping abilities. I suggest adding more structure to his daily routine. Have him work for his meals, walks, affection, and toys a little more by asking him to do a command before you give him something. Teach him to stay in his crate while the door is open with you standing there and do not let him out until he is being calm. Generally reward calm behavior throughout the day and make your interactions with him pleasant but calm and peaceful right now. Do not baby talk to him or get him super excited. You can play and have fun with him but keep him more focused and his mental energy level moderate to calm. To teach him to stay in the crate with the door open, first, during the day lead him into his crate while he is on a leash without stopping at the entrance of the crate. Close the door behind him and if he protests, then let him pitch a fit while you sit in the same room and ignore him. Bring a book and possibly some head phones to decrease the noise for your own sanity, but make sure that can still tell when he quiets down, so don't cancel out the noise completely. This might take a while the first time. As soon as he becomes calm for even a second, then walk over to him and start to open the door. When he tries to rush out, like he probably will, then quickly close the door again. Do not slam it into him but don't worry if it hits his nose a little bit. When he calms back down, then repeat opening, and if needed, closing the door again. Do this until you can open the door and leave it open and he will stay inside. As soon as he is calm enough to put a leash on him do so and drop the other end of the leash on the floor where you can step on it quickly if he gets out. Just because you put the leash on him though that does not mean that he can come out yet. Close the door it he tries to exit after you put the leash on him. When you can stand next to the crate, instead of in front of it, with the door open, and he will stay inside, then he may come out when you tell him "Okay" or "Free". Your attitude while you are doing this should be as cool as a cucumber. Firm, calm, and deliberate. Practice this during the day twice a day. As he improves, then gradually make the leash attached to him longer by clipping another leash or two to the handle, and move away from the crate one foot at a time while the door is open and he is inside. Be ready to step on the long leash though in case he tries to bolt, so that you can place him directly back inside the crate using the leash and he will not learn that rushing the crate gets him out. Whenever you let him out of the crate he must be calm and he must wait until you release him with an "Okay" or "Free" command. If adding more structure to his routine and crate time does not increase his calm behavior within a month, then check out Jeff Gelhman's separation anxiety protocol from Solid K9 Training. He has a video channel on YouTube where he teaches people how to work on separation anxiety, crate training, implementing structure, nervous behaviors, rude behavior, and aggression (which it does not sound like you have an issue with). His training in all areas is not for ever dog but his advise on separation anxiety and crate training tends to work very well. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Purdie is perfect apart from night time.....
We have two other dogs and generally they all cuddle up together at bed time, the two other dogs don’t make a sound, but Purdie generally after 2-3 hours wakes up barking.....
We have a toddler,
So think we may have made a rod for our back, as we didn’t want her to wake him we’d jump out of bed to let her out......
we could do this 2-4
Times every night ,
Like having a newborn baby ....!!
My sister said about a crate, so we got one, we put a towel over it to made it hard homely and she is such a good girl with it, she will go in on her own accord when it’s bedtime, she knows and goes straight in.
But she just won’t sleep through the night..??
She does follow
Me around, and lies by the kitchen gate waiting for me
Most of the time , she is very loving and does
Play a lot
With the other dogs, but has to check in where I am..... she watches me.
She gets plenty of excercise, we’ve tried ncreasing it and all
But she still does the same waking up....??
I’m not sure weather to try and have her in with me....?? She never has and has always been with the other 2 dogs since we got her at 8 weeks old, and would feel bad on the other two dogs.....
but we are so tired....
I’m not sure if it’s seperation anxiety, but she is fine in the day and if we go out..... no problem at all,
It’s just at night..??
I’ve have got an adaption plug in that’s in there room, just in case to see if that helps....??
Or weather it’s attention seeking...??
Please help we are shattered .
Hello Katrina, Purdie likely needs some tough love. She is old enough not to need attention, bathroom breaks, or anything else during the night. If she has been in the habit of waking up and receiving attention as a puppy, then she probably does not know how to sleep through the night for sheer lack of practice and opportunity to learn. Commit two solid weeks to ignoring her barking during the night. I would suggest crating her in a room by herself away from your toddlers' room and letting her bark until she goes back to sleep. Crating her in your room is fine also, but she will be fine in another room and you may be more likely to follow through on the training if you do not have to listen to the barking so close. It sounds harsh but she needs the opportunity to learn how to self-sooth and develop independent coping skills. She may or may not have Separation Anxiety. She most likely has a tendency toward anxiety but is mostly doing the behavior out of habit because it gets her what she wants. Dogs with Separation Anxiety do incredibly well with structure, boundaries, and clear leadership. Dogs with Separation Anxiety tend to be insecure and lack leadership. They need opportunities to learn self-control and management skills. If you do not see progress in two weeks, then check out Jeff Gelhman from solidK9training's separation anxiety protocol on YouTube. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My pup was sleeping to 6am at the beginning, she is now waking at 4am the last week and a half and I don't know how to stop this from happening? I normally get up and let her outside as she scrapes at the doors. Please help
Hello Lisa, If she is not crated at night, then I highly suggest crating her at night at this age. Doing that, taking her potty on a leash, keeping the early morning potty trip very boring, and then putting her back into her crate after she goes potty, until 6-8am when you want to get up for the day, without feeding her breakfast early, should help. She might also be going through a growth spurt where she is eating and drinking more during the day. If that is the case, then sticking to my suggestions above and wait a couple of weeks, and it should resolve on it's own. If she is not in a crate, then she probably has more energy than she used to have as a young puppy, and so even though she may still be tired at 4am she is choosing to wake up to play rather than sleep. Crating her and only letting her out for boring, on leash potty trips, and then putting her right back into the crate after without feeding her early, until it is the time that you want her to normally get up, should help her stop waking up just to play. When you put her back into the crate at 4am after the potty trip, if she protests do not let her out and feed her. Since you know that her bladder is now empty, she will be fine to wait. Her body need to adjust to eating when you choose to feed her and not before or her body will wake her up early to eat every morning and she will learn that making a fuss gets her out of the crate and will continue doing it. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My puppy used to sleep through the night and wake up around 5:30 am. However, recently she has been waking up around 2:00am and 4:00am and then at 7:00am for the remainder of the day. We go to bed around 10:00 pm and stop water/food around 8:00pm. We take her out at 10:00pm before she goes into her crate for the evening. She goes into the crate pretty easily and when she wakes up in the middle of the night we take her out and she does pee/poop every time. I am not sure if she is waking up just because she needs to go to the bathroom and is still fairly young to hold it. I am just confused because she used to be able to hold it all night and now she is waking us up to go to the bathroom. Should we try to ignore her so she will hold it or still get up with her and take her out. Will she start sleeping through the night with time?
Hello Robin, Bella might be going through a growth spurt if the extra wakings have not gone past two weeks. I would keep things the way they are, give it two weeks to see if she will go back to sleeping through on her own. If she is still waking up two weeks after this started, then I would let her cry it out at 2 am, but take her out one time between 3 am-5 am if she wakes up to go out again. At four months of age she probably needs to go out at least once if she is sleeping longer overall now, from 10 pm-7 am. By five to six months of age you should start to see zero wake ups more often. It sounds like you are doing a good job with her overall routine though. When you take her to go potty, keep the trip simple boring, keep her on a leash and focused, and don't give her a treat when she goes potty, only a quiet "Good Girl", and then straight back inside and into the crate. The middle of the night wake ups are the one time I discourage treats, excitable praise, and other rewards after going potty, once your dog is starting to understand the concept of going potty when you take them outside. You do not want your dog to look forward to middle of the night wake-ups. Middle of the night wake-ups are all business and calmness. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Sammy does not sleep through the night. We never crate trained him - he loves to be with a person at all times. He get two hours of exercise in the morning with the dog walker from 8-10 and another hour in the afternoon from 3-4. He then is awake in the afternoon when the kids come home from school. We let him out before we go to bed at 8 pm. He gets up at least twice every night to go outside. He typically goes right back to sleep afterwards. He does not eat 2 hours before bed either. He is capable of sleeping through the night as he has done so a handful of times, but typically every night he wakes up to go outside. Any advice? Thank you.
Hello Megan, Even during the day Sammy should be able to hold his bladder for 7+ hours, and at night when asleep for at least 10 hours. 1. You either need to crate train him and let him cry in the crate during the wake-ups (which are simply a bad habit - likely to get attention at this point) to teach him to go back to sleep and then stop waking up at all once the wake-ups are no longer fun for him. You can crate him in your room or in another room (which will allow you to sleep better while he is still learning - then you can move him back into your room later, once he is in the habit of sleeping through the night). 2. Put him in another dog-proof room away from where you sleep (so that you can sleep through his protests until he gets into the habit of sleeping through the night - at which time you can transition him back to your room but still ignore him if he tries to wake you again. 3. Simply ignore the wake-ups or discipline them every time he wakes up while loose in your room (this will be the hardest to not give into). The truth is he can do this, it's better for his health if he does, it will not harm him (he won't like it - but not liking it doesn't mean it hurts him), and it is VERY important for your own health and life that he learns - so stay strong. Personally, I recommend crating him in another room overnight until he learns because this will give everyone the most sleep, he is more likely to give up and go back to sleep sooner, and it will be easier to stick with and stay consistent. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi! We have a 5 month old Labradoodle. He sleeps a lot during day since we are all at work, when we get home in the afternoons, we will play fetch, take him for walks. Come night time, he's REALLY ready to play. We tried crating him the first two weeks we had him (at 3-1/2 months) and he barked, cried and would soil himself and roll all in it - night after night of this behavior, we tried putting him in the bed with our teenager (her dog)....He was doing okay sleeping and maybe waking once or twice - all of a sudden he's waking every hour or every two hours, will go outside and pee a little, then come in wanting to play....We don't show any excitement/playfulness towards him when he wakes up like this but he is determined to play....I read below about not rewarding with a treat during middle of night bathroom trips which we have always done but will put a stop to tonight!! Please help!!!!
Hello Ann, Definitely stop the treats at night, like you mentioned. When you take him potty during the night, take him on a leash, give him five minutes to use the bathroom, then take him inside and put him back into the crate. Potty trips should be extremely boring at night. First, he needs more stimulation during the day. I suggest feeding him his breakfast out of hollow chew toys so that he has to work for his food during the day and will stay awake for longer. If you are able to hiring a dog walker at least some of the days would probably help too. When you play with him in the evening he needs mental stimulation in addition to physical exercise. Work on teaching him things that tire him out. Things that are new, require a lot of concentration or self-control. If you can combine the mental stimulation with the physical exercise even better. When you play fetch incorporate obedience commands into it. During walks have him heel, focus on you, stop and practice commands like sit and down. Generally make the walk a training session also so that he has to work during the walk - which will tire him out more. His breed is typically intelligent and needs to be stimulated mentally. Once you have dealt with making potty trips more boring and stimulating him during the day, I suggest disciplining his nighttime antics. First, teach him what "Quiet" means during the day using the "Quiet" method from the article linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Second, take him potty if it has been more than five hours since he last went potty, then put him back into the crate after. If he tries to get out of the crate or pitches a fit when you put him back in, or if it has been less than five hours, use a Pet Convincer, which is a small canister of pressurized air. Tell him "Quiet" when he cries. If he does not get quiet, spray a small puff of air at his side through the crate, then leave (Do NOT spray his face). Repeat this every time that he cries. The first three nights or so will probably be rough, stay consistent, even if he has an accident. Once night time becomes boring he should learn to settle down and sleep as long as you are stimulating him enough during the day - do not skip adding more stimulation to his day, otherwise the training may not work. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Tory has just moved to an apartment where she has no yard (up until now she had a yard) and she doesn’t like to go potty on a leash. She also scratches on the door during the night to go outside and will not go potty. She will go on a long walk and then come inside and go potty. Maybe once or twice a day she will go potty on a leash, mostly tinkle, not poop.
Hello Debbie, Tory needs to be crate trained and crated to limit her freedom in your home to only when her bladder is empty after going potty outside. Also, try taking her potty on a long, 20-30' leash (not retractable but one that can drag and be slack). Tell her to "Go Potty" and when she does go, praise her enthusiastically and give her five treats, one at a time. If she doesn't go potty, put her in the crate for an hour inside to avoid accidents, then take her potty again after an hour has gone by. Repeat this whenever she doesn't go potty until she goes, then you can give her 2-3 hours of freedom (if she consistently won't have accidents during that amount of time, otherwise do less freedom). After 2-3 hours, place her back in the crate for 1-2 hours, then take her potty again, and repeat the trips every hour until she goes. When you need to be gone she should be able to hold her bladder in the crate for the amount of time she was able to hold it for in the old house (the confined space of the crate should naturally encourage her to hold it). Make sure the crate is only large enough for her to stand up, turn around, and lay down and not so big that she can pee in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it - otherwise the crate won't utilize her instinct to keep things clean. Also, do not put anything absorbent in the crate. Use something like a Primopad from primopads.com if you want to give a bit of comfort. Reference the following articles for how to introduce the crate: Small dog crate introduction - Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello, Lola has had no problems with command trainings, but for sleeping at night she has issues. She wines still every 2 hours, i take her out and sometimes she goes, sometimes she just wants to sniff. We’ve tried having her bed in the living room, and in the bedroom but nothing works. She knows she supposed to be in bed because the second i get up she usually gets into beg again. She also still whines in her crate and it seems it’ll never stop. We’ve tried tough love but she’ll whine and bark for 6 hrs straight. Anything we can do to crate and night train? Anything helps we don’t sleep anymore
Hello Pantaleo, It sounds like its time to correct using an interrupter. First, during the day work on teaching the word "Quiet" using the Quiet method from the article linked below. Once she learns quiet, also practice the command whenever you catch her whining during the day and reward her when she gets quiet for even a second when you tell her Quiet or she stays quiet for 3-5 minutes after being told- to help her understand that Quiet also means stop whining, as well as stop barking. Follow the Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark At night, when she knows the Quiet command, when she whines before it has been at least six hours since she last went potty, tell her "Quiet". If she gets quiet, great! If she doesn't or starts whining again within five minutes, use a Pet Convincer - which is a small canister of unscented, pressurized air. Go to her calmly and spray a small puff of air at her side near her ribs through the crate (NOT at her face), then leave again. If it has been more than 5 minutes since she was told Quiet AND you genuinely think she forgot that you said it you can tell her Quiet again, but whenever she disobeys your Quiet command, or starts whining again a few minutes after getting quiet, then repeat the corrections - Correcting calmly. During the day when she is in the crate, go to her and sprinkle treats into the crate when she gets quiet or is staying quiet, and use the pet Convincer to correct when she whines. Rewarding the quietness during the day is important also. You can also give a food stuffed chew toy during the day to help with boredom and any anxiety. At night don't give food though or she may stay awake or need to go potty more - she should be tired enough at night to settle down after a while and sleep. Unless there is a medical condition she should be able to hold her bladder between 8-12 hours at night (depending on her own bladder control and whether she stays asleep). Some small dogs can hold it less if they keep waking up, but unless something is wrong she should be able to hold it AT LEAST 6 hours in the crate at night. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Texas will sleep a majority of the night but she gets up at 4 am to play and again at 6am. She sleeps with me and I always walk her for a good 10 minutes before bed. We play all day and I take her for hikes once a day. She is still a fairly new rescues dog so I’m not sure if she is still adjusting or not? I recently just broke my hand as well but that hasn’t changed much between me and her.
Hello Samantha, I suggest crating her at night so she learns to settle down and sleep. Don't let her out when she barks, wait until she is quiet, and you be the one to pick the wake up time. It's possible that her previous home woke up that early or simply never laid down boundaries. When she has learned the routine and will settle better, you can let her sleep with you again at night if that is what you prefer. Keep any early morning or night potty trips boring, taking her out on the leash, no talking, no playing, no food, and straight back to bed so she will learn that it's not worth waking up early - nothing fun happens until you get her up. Surprise method for crate training; https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Our dog goes to bed in her crate a the foot of our bed. However, she has anxiety when in the crate or a room alone. So when i get up for work to get ready, and leave the room she can hear me fumbling around. She whines and scratches and keeps my wife up, who normally sleeps in as she works later. What would the best routine be? Should we move the dogs crate from our bedroom?
Hello Tyler, A couple of things are probably happening here. First, when she wakes up because you are up she probably truly has to go potty because she is awake at that point. If she stayed asleep she could hold it longer because the bladder acts differently during sleep, but once awake she needs to pee. Moving her somewhere where you wouldn't wake her up in the morning would probably help her sleep in a bit more, but don't expect more than 10 hours without pottying. You can also take her potty when she wakes, but return her back to the crate without feeding her, and deal with the barking that happens then to let her stay in your room - correcting the barking and whining knowing that she doesn't truly need anything but just wants to eat or play - to help her learn to go back to sleep until your wife wants to get up. I will touch on how to deal with that in a second. Second, she may be rested enough at that time that she simply doesn't feel like going back to sleep at that point - the solution to that is the same for needing to go potty, take her potty, then put back into the crate and correct the following whining and barking so she gets into the habit of settling back down after being taken potty, or have her sleep in another room. Third, if you are feeding her when she protests in the morning, then her internal clock will cause her to be hungry at that time every morning...You will need to postpone breakfast until later and deal with the barking in the crate the same as with pottying and not being tired until her body resets to eating later. If you want to keep her in your room but deal with the barking and whining, then when she wakes up take her potty calmly on a leash (no play or food here), return her to the crate, then when she barks have your wife tell her Quiet, (teach Quiet using the Quiet method from the article linked below during the day so she understands the word). Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark If she gets quiet, great, no treats and no correction - that was her warning so she understands what to do. Only give treats for Quiet during waking hours not the morning sleepy time. If she continues to bark or stops whining/barking but starts again, use a Pet convincer (which is a small canister of unscented pressurized air - Don't use citronella) to blow a quick puff of air through the crate at her side (NOT face), then get back in bed (even though your wife won't get to sleep much the first few days you do this - she should pretend like she is or read in bed until her usual preferred wake up time). Repeat the correction with the pet convincer every time she barks. When you are ready to get up, wait until she is quiet, then let her out using the method from the video linked below - so she doesn't bolt out but learns calmness in the crate. This is also a great protocol to practice during the day to help with anxiety and calmness with the crate: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ If you move to another room, ignore any crying for the first three nights to let her learn to self-sooth unless you know she truly needs to go potty. You can practice crating her by herself in a room during the day using the Surprise method from the article linked below to make the transition easier. If you are using the Surprise method during the day and ignoring any crying at night (no treats at night), and the crying persists, tell her quiet calmly, and use the pet convincer to correct any barking that follows if needed, then leave the room again - keep things calm and low key while doing all of this. Corrections shouldn't be angry or loud - but calm and consistent. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Rider has been waking us up every 1-2 hours every single night. Usually only one of those times is to go pee. I’ve tried moving his bed next to me which helped a little but he is still running around at night and crying for attention. I spend a good amount of time with him during the day and he goes for walks usually 30 min to an hour before bed time. What can I do to get him to sleep through the night?
Hello Amanda, I highly suggest crating him at night. Practice the following during the day first to introduce the crate: Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Gradually work up to him being calm in the crate for 3 hours during the day. At that point crate him at night also. Remove all food and water 2 hours before bed. If you do that he should be able to hold it for 8-10 hours at night. If he wakes up before then and doesn't have a medical condition he is likely doing it for attention. It's unhealthy for him and you. When he cries in the crate before 8 hours, once you have crate trained him during the day and so you know he is simply demanding attention, then you can either ignore the crying and within a week of being consistent he will learn to go back to sleep in most cases, or you can correct the crying using a Pet Convincer - which is a small canister or unscented, pressurized air. Tell him "Ah Ah" calmly, then spray a small puff of air at his side through the crate wires, then leave again. Repeat the correction each time he cries until he goes back to sleep. Using a Pet Convincer usually works a lot quicker than ignoring the crying, so you can decide which route you prefer. Don't use citronella air though - only unscented air. The citronella is too harsh for a dog's nose. You can speed up the entire crate training process and most dogs adjust just fine. Working pup up to crate time during the day at the same time as the nighttime crating, but the above approach where you introduce it during the day gradually first is gentler. Decide what's best for you guys based on your needs. Either way you don't need to feel bad for crating pup. He is harming you by interrupting your sleep and harming himself. You are doing what is best for your relationship and both of your health in the long run. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi,Me and my husband decided to get a puppy. He comes from a breeder in queensland where he lives with two 80 years old couple. He has brother, mum,dad, other relatives dogs that he lives together with. Day time there were outdoor playing and night time all dogs sleep together. First night home, of course it didnt work to leave him in the hall Way to sleep. So we brought his bed and put him in the same bed room and he slept. Our intention is to let him stay in bed room during weekday when i go to work. My husband is a shift worker. So yesterday, he was alone in the bed room, i ensure there are toys, tendon, jerky, kong . Problem is he doesnt play with toy. I try to entice him several times to no avail, it makes it difficult. Anyway, i came home of course found him to had pee n poo on his blanket beside his bed. Brought him out To pee, train him basic command, come, sit, leave it say at least 5 to 10mins. Twice. Let him walk around the back yard. When we came in and I started washing his dog bowl or do stuff around the house. He barks at me over and over. Terrible. Night time came. He didnt want to sleep. He was barking in the bed room, we ignored him, then he started trying to jump to out bed. He succeded twice i put him down to his bed. Basically he barks tried to jump for long time until he slept. Please help. This puppy is giving me a lot of stress. I am so anxious that i can eat or sleep.
Hello Ria, Check out the link I have included below. At that link you can download two free PDF e-books: "BEFORE You Get Your Puppy" and "AFTER You Get Your Puppy". Read both, especially the AFTER You Get Your Puppy book. Pay special attention to the potty training section, crate training section, how to stuff a Kong toy with puppy food to make it interesting, and finding a good puppy class. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Understand that protesting sleeping alone is normal. The key is not to give into the attention seeking barking but help puppy learn how to self-sooth and self-entertain. Barking won't hurt puppy. Pup also needs to be crate trained. When you do this pup will bark - it doesn't hurt them though and most puppies improve within 3-5 days if you wait until they are quiet to let them out (unless you know they truly have to use the potty). The books from the link above will tackle many of these issues though and help with what to do. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We've had Rory for 4.5 months and have yet to get him to sleep through the night. His crate is in our living room and while he has no issue going in at bedtime, he will wake up every night between 12-1 and 2-3. We live in an apartment so letting him cry it out isn't an option (although on some weekends we have tried and he will cry for 30+ minutes).
Usually after the 2nd wake up one of us will sleep with him on the couch at which point he will stay quiet and asleep for 5+ hours. It's clear he's waking up and crying for attention -what do we do!?
Hello Brittany, During the day practice crating him. When he stays quiet for at least five minutes, return, sprinkle a few pieces of dog food or treats through the crate's wires, then leave again. When he barks, tell him "Ah Ah" calmly, and spray a small puff of air with a Pet Convincer at his side through the crate wires (Avoid his face and don't use citronella spray - only unscented air canisters -citronella lingers and is much harder). Practice this during the day every day for at least an hour or for several smaller sessions during the day. At night crate pup like usual. Stop all food and water 2 hours before bedtime and take pup outside to go potty right before you put them into the crate (not too much beforehand). When pup cries before it has been 8 hours (he should be able to hold his bladder 8-10 hours overnight even if he wakes up), then go to pup, say "Ah Ah" and spray a puff of air at his side with the pet convincer, then leave again. Repeat going to him and correcting each time he cries until he goes back to sleep. Don't give treats at night - only during the day. If you practice this during the day beforehand, pup should understand why he is being corrected and that the goal is quietness (treats during the day help with that part - even though you don't want to encourage being awake during the night with food). Keep your attitude calm and quiet during all of this. In most cases the corrections will work way quicker than waiting for him to become quiet on his own. Practicing during the day helps him learn the bulk of the skills necessary to stay quiet at night - which minimizes him barking at a time when it's more likely to disturb neighbors - i.e. at night. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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