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Hi all! My pup Olive is now 3.5 months old. On weekdays, my gf and I have to wake up at 6:30 for work. She sets an alarm for that time and then hits snooze once or twice. Olive has gotten into the habit of starting to whine after the first alarm goes off. He sleeps in his ex-pen with his crate and some wee-wee pads and has everything he needs (he gets breakfast around 7) so I think he's just whining because he wants us to get up. The real trouble comes on weekends and vacation days. I know he's on a schedule and we respect that - each of us takes morning duty one weekend day so the other can sleep in. But lately he's been starting to whine, and now even BARK at 6:30 with or without the alarm! He never used to bark! Now, during the day when he whines, we use the "ignore him till he's calm" method which works pretty well. But on the weekends I'm torn - one half of me just wants to get up and walk him so he shuts up. The other half knows we should wait till he's quiet to give him any kind of reward. Furthermore, in some cases I feel like just waking up and moving around more in bed (which happens naturally when we wake up) encourages him to whine more/louder. Is this a bad habit that I need to work on now? Is this just a puppy thing that will pass? Anybody have advise/words of wisdom? Thanks!