Need Sleep =(

I am hoping someone has a miracle remedy for my severe lack of sleep.


So, Luigi is 7 months old and sleeps in our bedroom. We close the door at night mostly so that he can let us know when he needs to go out to do a business, else he walks to the lounge and does it there.


He was fine for the last month or two but now, for the last 2 weeks he has been waking up at 4am. That I still don't mind bcos I let him out and he usually tinkles and comes right back in.


This is where the problem comes in. When we go back to the room he continues to scratch on the door and when I open the door and walk him to the lounge and open the sliding door he just sits there and looks at me. So, I take him back to the room and try and ignore his scratches but he then just scratches at the bed.


The best part is, when I get out the shower at like 6am, he is passed out cold again.


I need help???? How can I get him to go back to sleep?


Where do your fur babies sleep?

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 11:18 pm
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maybe try using a baby gate on your bedroom door and leaving it open? (he may just not like the door being closed). or maybe try training him to lay back down in his bed after you let him outside (tell him to lay down in his bed and when he does reward it with a treat, but don't bribe)?

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 2:55 am
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My dogs both sleep in a crate at night it's got their blankets and stuff in them and they go to "bed" every night in there. I used to let them sleep in the room until we moved and they started marking in our bedroom. I guess the previous tenant's dog must have gone to the bathroom in one spot in our room and even though we can't smell anything they must have. Try putting him in a crate at night he will have a few accidents in it but then he will learn that he can't get away from his mess and will learn to hold it. The trick is to be more stubborn than him after about a week or so he willunderstand that if he whines he's not geting let out and will settle down. If you don't want to do that take away his food and water around 8 and take him out right before you go to bed and don't give him anymore until morning.

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm
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I agree with the crate idea. Works a treat for our Chihuahua puppy. He cried the first night or so but got used to it real quick. Now he sleeps through the night and gets taken outside by dad in the morning then jumps into bed with me. Crates are a great training tool and are really convenient when traveling with puppy as he is always comfortable and happy where ever we stay. 

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 8:58 pm
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We had Roxy in a crate at night for bed time until she was about 7-8 months old. She would have her crate, and her "night night" and a sound machine that made a heart beat sound since she was first born.  At 6 months FI decided she didn't need the sound machine anymore so we took that away and she did fine, the we took the night night away at about 7 months (it was a heating pad) and once she slept through the night in the crate without waking up or having an accident she could sleep outside the crate...


Now she hogs the whole queen size bed!!! But she is nice and warm to cuddle with in the morning!!

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 1:45 am
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Our dog is crated at night  - it's her bed.  Every night she goes in there on her own at the same time, because it's 'bed time'.  And she loves it.


It also solves a lot of other behavioural issues. . .if you give your dog a space of their own they are less likely to take over your space (couch, bed, etc.) and pee in the house to mark their territory.


I would get up at take yours out in the early am since he's so young, and then phase that out until he sleeps through the night.


Good luck!

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 2:50 am
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I am really liking this crate idea :-)

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 1:05 am
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Let us know how it works!  Puppies are SO cute but SOOOO hard to handle sometimes!  :)  I finally got my dog trained to sleep at the exact hours as me....and I love it!!!  :)

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 4:20 am
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We crate our pup, too.  we just got her a few days ago....so she is still getting used to it.  but even after a few days, when a loud sound scared her, she ran right for the crate, which let me know that she was starting to see it as her comfort.  remember, to a human crates look scary, constricting, and negative, but to a dog, they represent safe, comfort, and positivity.. dogs are den and like to be in inclosed, protected spaces when they sleep.  try it out!  (p.s. make sure you don't get a crate that's too big, just enough for him to stand and turn around in, or he could start pooping/peeing in there if there is excess room where he can still sleep comfortably).

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 11:36 am
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We crate both our dogs too. We have since they were puppies. They know that's their bed and it's sleepy time when they go in there. I'd suggest that...

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 11:52 am
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I was just chatting with FI abt the crate last night. It isn't a ver popular thing in SA yet.


I am definitely going to try it.


He was up at 4:30 again this morning :-(

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 12:27 am
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Crates are the way to go!  Like KB said, it's a safe, comfortable place for them. . .don't think of it as a cage!


When you introduce the crate, set it up with everything/comfy bedding and just leave it for a while. . .throw in a toy that she likes. . .and let her inspect.


If she gets in on her own, give her praise and/or a treat. . .make it a positive thing. 


 

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 4:28 am
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We crated Cooper for 5 months and then "gated" him with a baby gate for 2. Now he has free range of our home. At night he sleeps on his bed outside our closed door, which he loves. He gets to snugle on our bed during movie time, and then we say "off to bed" and he runs to his spot!


Our 9 week old lab, Bogey, is crated and loves it. Our only issue is when our older lab sits outside the crate and stares at him, that drives Bogey NUTS!!!

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 12:59 am
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We have our dog sleep in the laundry room.  We removed the door and put in a gate.  The gate has a tiny door that opens & closes by a latch.  He sleeps through the night without going tinkle.  He doesn't like to be loose around the house if nobody is there or we are sleeping.  It's so funny.  That's his "room" when he's had enough, or gets sleepy. 

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 12:18 pm
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make sure he has a drink, he might be thirsty, i know my dog gets super thirsty and it helps him sleep. makes his tummy a little bit full. the other thing is, this is coming from a person who has trained many dogs, do not reply to his scratching, even if he scratchs at the bed. just ignore him. eventually he will learn that it doesn't work so there is no point in doing it. if you keep responding to little things he will learn that he can keep bothering you.


i crate trained in the begining because it is an amazing technique but i stopped around 7 months. my dog has just a bed, of course i only stopped because my dog got to big to be in the cage for sleeping all night. it was an extra large cage and i wasn't about to go buy another one.


you have to remember dogs, especially pups, are going to try to cross the line that you have set for them all the time. his puppy thought process is prolly, hey im awake ill go out and pee cause shes nice to me when i do. then when he realizes he isn't tired hes like hey, scratching on this door makes her pay attention to me. im sure she will play with me if i keep scratching on things. :D


 

Posted on October 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm
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Thanks guys!

Posted on October 11, 2009 at 11:44 pm

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