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Help with Barking
Charlie is just a little over 3 months and we've had him about five or six weeks. He is an awesome little guy! We've been able to do training (come, sit, stay, down), he's almost housebroken (some days 100%), but sleep is something we have not had!! So I need some advice.
He has a den area that's about five by five for during the day when we go to work. He has a pee pad area and a separate area for his travel crate that he sleeps in at night with the door open in this den. He also sleeps in this at night, uses the pee pad, etc. He easily goes to bed at 9 when the children go to bed. He's figured out their bed routine and will actually go his den after he sees them get in bed. It's like if they aren't awake, he doesn't want to be out and about. He is VERY attached to the 10 year old. But almost like an alarm clock at 4am he is barking.
When he first came to our house he slept through the night (9pm to 6am). Then about a week in he started this 4am barking. I've tried comfort, but don't want him to think he can just call us at 4am. I've tried ignoring, doesn't work, he's happy to bark. This morning I put him in bed with the 10 year old, we got to sleep until 5:30ish.
Is this a phase? What can I do? I've tried keeping him up until 10:30-11, that doesn't change the 4am thing. If we could sleep until 5:30am we could probably deal with this, but I do not kid, 4:00am to 4:02 EVERY morning. He just seems ready to play. Any advice is great, because I want to do right by him, but I need my sleep too! And I've left food in case he's hungry, that's not it either.