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Nico is 16 weeks. Up until a couple weeks ago, he was getting up at 3:30 and then again at 5:30 or 6:00, and I was exhausted. I thought he was old enough to hold it for longer than 5 hours at night, so I started telling him quiet when he whined to get out at 3:30. I figured he'd keep whining if he REALLY had to go potty. We stretched it out gradually over a couple week period and now he doesn't get up until 5:00 or 5:30. Every now and then he'll whine earlier than that (anywhere from 2:00 to 4:30 or so, but when I tell him quiet he settles down. I've realized that not every whine means he has to go potty. Of course, it helps that Nico does like his crate. If he didn't like the crate I might not be having much success with this.