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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-17-2012, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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wake up time

Lucky at almost 11 weeks sleeps pretty well through the night (wakes once for a pee, once for a reminder that I'm in the bed next to his little pen and determined to sleep) AND he puts himself to sleep (on his own goes into the pen-I close the door later when I go to sleep) at 8 p.m. It's a good bedtime for us on the one hand (gives us some non puppy focused evening time), on the other I think it is a reason that he gets up so early (it's been between 4:30 and 5). Today I simply refused to get out of bed before six (took some reassurance and positive thinking on my part to get him back to sleep or half sleep) and I'd love to push it to seven but ten hours seems a lot or a good amount to sleep at night. WOULD IT HELP TO ENCOURAGE HIM IF I COULD TO STAY UP UNTIL NINE?? or would he still wake at the same time. He does his rlh nightly in our bedroom with an ace bandage and an old red slipper and it is a joy to behold and the complete "that's it, I"m done" to his day. Thanks for your advice/experience.

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not sure... I know with Tillie, even as a puppy, her bedtime was also "8pm". Her breeder told us that when we picked her up! And to this day around 8pm she WILL konk out, but she is always out in the living room with us. On my lap or on the floor, if she gets disturbed she gets very cranky and will growl at the kids like "leave ME alone!" but she will NEVER get up and go to her crate! silly girl!
She will sleep like that until I go to bed around 10pm, and she DRAGS herself up and goes outside for a final pee before REAL bedtime! She has always beena fantastic night sleeper though and can easily go 10-12 hrs... although usually it is closer to 9 hrs.

I would suggest putting off his bedtime by a little each night until you get it where you want it.

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When Tucker was still a young pup, he'd poop out around 8 p.m. and sleep until 5:30 - 6 a.m. As he got older, he'd stay up longer and sleep in longer. Now he's half snoozes until 10 p.m., out for the last pee of the night then sleeps until 7 - 7:30 a.m. If we sleep in longer, so does Tucker. Maybe it's just a puppy thing that they out grow.
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Rollie napped a lot at that age. I'm remembering he'd take an evening nap around 7:30 and then be up again for a little while between 8-8:30ish and the time we'd go up (between 9:30 and 10).

Rollie would let us know if he needed to potty in the middle of the night and by a certain time, he was sleeping until we got up on weekdays (around 5:20). That was great, but I don't think it happened until somewhere around 3 months (luckily we got him in the spring so it was nice and warm for those AM potty trips).

So for weekends, once he didn't bark in the middle of the night anymore, one of us would get up and let him out around our regular weekday wake-up time. That way, he'd stay happy in his crate until a reasonable hour (somewhere between 7:30 and 8:30). If we didn't do that, he'd be up to potty by around 6:30 or 7 and then wouldn't settle back down.

Then, we started to potty him later and later in the AM (so from 5:30 to about 6, then to 6:30, then to 7 and so on) week or so until we got him sleeping in until we wanted to get up in the AM.

It is actually good to stretch it more and more b/c you want him to get used to holding it longer and longer (and of course he'll be able to do that more and more as his little puppy bladder grows).

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Panda zonks out around 8 also, but I wake her up around 10:30 for final pee. That way she sleeps till around 7 - otherwise if I let her go - we're up at 5...

She goes right back to sleep when she comes in - so it doesn't disturb her and it works out nicely for me...

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very helpful thanks. Wild that they all seem to do 8 p.m. as puppies. Last night he had some trouble settling down and didn't turn in until ten but woke at 5:45 (after waking in the night to void etc.) as usual. Beginning to feel best to let him design the schedule and work around it....like we did with the real babies. ciao which I am now spelling chow.

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