Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I feel your pain, and am looking for a solution to this as well. Oreo has always slept in a crate, and slept until 8 a.m. the first few nights we had him home. The crate was in our bedroom at first, but he started waking up every time one of us got up to go to the bathroom, or even if we rolled over. We moved him across the hall to the laundry room, and put a white noise machine in there, and have it very dark. He still seems to hear us if we get up, but not as often as he did while in our room. It doesn't seem to matter what time he goes to bed, I have put him down as early as 9:30, and as late as 11:30, and he still wakes up at his usual time... 5:00 before the time change, and now 6:00. We quietly take him out to potty, and then put him in his play pen in the kitchen while we sleep for another hour or so. Even when I don't go back to bed, I don't feed him until at least 7:30, so he isn't rewarded for waking up early. Another challenge we are having is that he has started barking and wanting out of his crate after about 5 minutes. He still goes in it willingly, but decides he is not happy after a few minutes. We ignore him because we know he has adequately pottied, and he eventually settles down, but it is annoying trying to go to sleep listening to a barking dog. I just don't understand why he has started doing this after months of staying quiet until morning. He is 5 1/2 months old now. Oh the joys or puppyhood!