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I know a lot of people have said their puppies slept through the night right from the beginning, especially people with big dogs, but mine did not. It was absolutely developmental - he went immediately and he went back to sleep right afterwards. It only lasted a couple of weeks, and actually those instances were helpful to me in the big picture of potty training because he always went right away, which is something I could praise.
Later came a completely separate behavior when our puppy could hold it all night (but was still young enough that he was waking up early in the morning). After his early potty time he wanted to stay awake and play. We weren’t ready to wake up yet and wanted to go back to bed! That could be what your trainer is trying to prevent/address. There are a few ways to manage that, but to me a puppy wanting to play at the wrong time is a separate issue from a puppy who just can’t hold it yet.
For the first few weeks our puppy woke up in the night all of the time, but it quickly decreased. It didn’t stop completely for a while though. I’m a light sleeper so I could hear him getting restless and knew he needed to go, and I took him outside or to the potty tray downstairs. I do think your puppy is trying to tell you what’s going on, she’s just vocalizing it after the fact. if she’s going potty in her crate at 2am, personally I would set an alarm for 1am and take her potty, just for a short time. You’ll know when she can go longer, and it will be soon. Don’t engage with her too much, and put her right back in her crate afterwards. I think preventing an accident in the crate is the most important thing. It sounds to me like she’s getting it - she’s not just laying in her poop, she’s asking for help.
I do think adjusting the crate with the expen is a good idea, too, especially if she’s figuring out the pee pads during the day. The goal is to prevent an accident in the sleeping area, whether you take her potty or she goes on the pad in the ex pen. If it’s developmental it won’t be long until she can hold it all night, so the ex pen in your bedroom doesnt necessarily have to be permanent. It’s just a matter of preventing accidents in the meantime.