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Goldie is now about 17 weeks and her longest and deepest nap is early evening, around 6:00, after she's eaten dinner. I think she could possibly go to sleep for the night if we didn't try to wake her around 8 to take her outside. We take her out again around 10:30pm and then she's in her pen for the night. She's wide awake when we get up at 6:30 am although she's quiet until she sees that we're up (which we're very happy about). She is ready to nap again by 8:30-9am though so for all I know, she could be sitting up waiting for us since 4am, I really have no idea!

Question is: is this early evening nap something I should try to reschedule? She sleeps more soundly at this time than she does during her other naps earlier in the day. Day time naps I would describe more as "resting" than sleeping. Looking ahead is there any reason to try to get her on a different schedule? I know puppies need a lot of sleep but just not sure if this a good schedule to have her on. For the time being it seems to be working though.

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Hi all,

Goldie is now about 17 weeks and her longest and deepest nap is early evening, around 6:00, after she's eaten dinner. I think she could possibly go to sleep for the night if we didn't try to wake her around 8 to take her outside. We take her out again around 10:30pm and then she's in her pen for the night. She's wide awake when we get up at 6:30 am although she's quiet until she sees that we're up (which we're very happy about). She is ready to nap again by 8:30-9am though so for all I know, she could be sitting up waiting for us since 4am, I really have no idea!

Question is: is this early evening nap something I should try to reschedule? She sleeps more soundly at this time than she does during her other naps earlier in the day. Day time naps I would describe more as "resting" than sleeping. Looking ahead is there any reason to try to get her on a different schedule? I know puppies need a lot of sleep but just not sure if this a good schedule to have her on. For the time being it seems to be working though.

Thank you!
I am not really a fan of trying to "schedule" a puppy's naps. Their bodies know when they need sleep. If she is being quiet and not bothering you during the night, don't worry about it. Even my adult dogs tend to do some heavy duty napping in the evening, and they ASK to go to bed (in their crates) by 10PM, and don't make a peep until we get them up around 7AM.


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Thank you that is what I was hoping to hear
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That schedule sounds exactly like Bodie's when he was that age. He would have a very deep nap around 6-7 in the evening but would sleep through the night. He's almost 8 months now and still lightly sleeps in the evenings.

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Almost the exact same schedule as Oreo, only he lets us know he is up, and wants out of his crate between 5:45 and 6:45 a.m.! 6:45 I can deal with, but the 5:45 mornings are rough! I try to ignore him when he wakes too early, but since the first thing he wants to do in the morning is poop, I will only let it go on for maybe 30 minutes. I have tried disrupting his evening nap, but it doesn't seem to make any difference in his wake time in the morning. I keep hoping that he will do like human teenagers and start sleeping in!
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Almost the exact same schedule as Oreo, only he lets us know he is up, and wants out of his crate between 5:45 and 6:45 a.m.! 6:45 I can deal with, but the 5:45 mornings are rough! I try to ignore him when he wakes too early, but since the first thing he wants to do in the morning is poop, I will only let it go on for maybe 30 minutes. I have tried disrupting his evening nap, but it doesn't seem to make any difference in his wake time in the morning. I keep hoping that he will do like human teenagers and start sleeping in!
We went through a long time of Loki waking and barking between 4:45 and 5:00. I tried everything, letting him bark, taking him out and then putting him back in the expen (even though he had access to a pee pad), keeping him up later, you name it - I tried it. I gave up and put him in bed with us. We are both early risers so he sleeps until we get up. Usually around 6 during the week, 7 on the weekend.
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