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Early Bird puppy - do they improve or is a bit of sleep training in order?

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insicknessandinhealth Tue 16-Apr-13 05:43:19

We have a 14 week old puppy that wakes between 5 and 5.30. I take her out for a wee which is sometimes successful sometimes she just rushes straight back inside, then I sit on the sofa with her and she goes back to sleep whilst I sit trying not to move too much so she gets a bit of extra kip, a pattern I seem to be repeating from my parenting!!! Will she grow out of this naturally and sleep a bit later as the daytime naps reduce or am I creating a pattern? I'm a wee bit reluctant to leave her barking at that time of the morning in case it wakes my DS and neighbours but equally if I could get an extra hour's kip that would be welcome! She is very sleepy in the evenings (as am I!) so I put her to bed between 9-10pm.

allchocolatedout Tue 16-Apr-13 08:25:01

Our pup is now 6 months and up until about a month ago our morning routine was exactly what you describe! She is now a little better and is gradually getting up later, this morning is was almost 7 and she was only barking a little but it was time for me to get up. Some days its an hour earlier and she isn't desperate for a wee anymore, she just wants to get up! At the weekend she woke at 6 but we told her to be quiet and she lasted another hour.

So i don't know, ours seems to be getting later naturally. Fingers crossed yours does too!

waikikamookau Tue 16-Apr-13 08:28:56

you could put her to bed a bit later, take her out for her business later then she should last longer.

Floralnomad Tue 16-Apr-13 10:01:54

I'd put her to bed later and then in the morning take her out for a wee then put her back in her bed and go back to yours ,she needs to learn to settle again .

mrsjay Tue 16-Apr-13 10:19:35

take her out of her bed at 10 let her out for a pee and put her back in, our dog used to be up at 6 every morning I just take him out later and with the clocks going forward in march he now sleeps till 8

it is like talking about babies here grin

milkybarsrus Tue 16-Apr-13 10:35:27

my 15 week old pup used to wake between 5 and 6! but we put him to bed at 11 and he does he last wee then, now he goes through to about 7 or 7.30. which is fab. When he used to get up at 5 I would get up and let him go out for a wee and then back in his bed til we get up. It just let him know that our day didn't start til we were up and putting the kettle on.

ILikeToClean Tue 16-Apr-13 14:44:52

I'd say put to bed later, my 12 week old pup has a last wee at 11 and DH gets up at 6 but I think he could go later if we got up later. He actually goes off about 9.30 but I wake him up for his last wee, he staggers out, does his business then stumbles back in so he could probably last a lot longer but we don't want to risk it ATM smile, but definitely try taking your pup out later!

idirdog Tue 16-Apr-13 16:00:56

I wouldn't get up for her at 5.00 or 5.30 especially if she does not need a wee.

Dogs need to learn when and how to be quiet on their own. They stay until you say otherwise. Not the dog determines when the house wakes up.

Ignore 5.30 waking and only go into the puppies room when they are quiet at a time suitable to you.

insicknessandinhealth Tue 16-Apr-13 16:16:36

Okay, thanks everyone I will try the late wee then quickly out in the morning then back into her bed. Yes it is like talking about babies!! I had the same problems with my DS who is still an early bird at 5. Years old that is, fortunately he now sleeps beyond 5. Though frankly I have no trouble using up the extra time in the morning! Have just made a pot of tea with no tea bags in so the sleep deprivation is starting to take effect grin

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