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Wake Up time. Who decides? Please help.

Lucky has dinner about six p.m. and goes to sleep between 8 and 9:30 after peeing and pooping and playing quietly for a while. He's eleven weeks old and when he was younger, he would whimper at 2 a.m. and I'd take him to the pee pad where he would void and then go back to sleep until 5:30 to 7 (I was thrilled with 6 a.m. but hoping always for 7). Well NOW he does not wake in the night but sleeps through and when he considers the morning 5:30 a.m., that's not optimal but fine. He gets up and relieves himself and we start the day. BUT NOW, it's getting earlier and earlier and he gets up at 4, ready to void and start the day. I've been hoping he could pee and poop and go back to bed for a while but the a.m. has become his wild child time for rlh and outrageous excitement about the day. I am so not ready to start the day at 4 and tried today just to feed him and suggest we go back to bed for awhile but it was a mistake even to return to the bedroom where he barked and barked (we duly ignore it) and ultimately went back to sleep (after much fussing) in his crate, sleeping for two sweet hours. Ideas? What am I doing wrong?? He sleeps in his crate in our room and loves his crate. I don't want to turn it to a place of captivity. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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When Roki was about the same age he did the same thing. 4.30 to 5 AM ready for new day, full of energy, not even thinking about staying in his bed. Usually I would pick him and play with him on my bed and eventually he would fall asleep for short period. Little by little his morning habits changed and when he was five to six months old he was sleepin whole night, even without taht pee pad trip during the night. Be patient, he will grow out of early morning activity
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Lucky has dinner about six p.m. and goes to sleep between 8 and 9:30 after peeing and pooping and playing quietly for a while. He's eleven weeks old and when he was younger, he would whimper at 2 a.m. and I'd take him to the pee pad where he would void and then go back to sleep until 5:30 to 7 (I was thrilled with 6 a.m. but hoping always for 7). Well NOW he does not wake in the night but sleeps through and when he considers the morning 5:30 a.m., that's not optimal but fine. He gets up and relieves himself and we start the day. BUT NOW, it's getting earlier and earlier and he gets up at 4, ready to void and start the day. I've been hoping he could pee and poop and go back to bed for a while but the a.m. has become his wild child time for rlh and outrageous excitement about the day. I am so not ready to start the day at 4 and tried today just to feed him and suggest we go back to bed for awhile but it was a mistake even to return to the bedroom where he barked and barked (we duly ignore it) and ultimately went back to sleep (after much fussing) in his crate, sleeping for two sweet hours. Ideas? What am I doing wrong?? He sleeps in his crate in our room and loves his crate. I don't want to turn it to a place of captivity. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Of course he may have to pee earlier when he's not getting up in the middle of the night, and he does go to bed on the early side. So it's not surprising that he's getting up when he does. OTOH, there is NO reason that you have to do more than potty him and put him back to bed at that time. I definitely wouldn't feed him at 4AM, unless you want it to become his "permanent wake up/breakfast time". You may have to put up with a couple of days of barking and fussing before he settles down again, just as you did today, but he'll get the message that this is not an appropriate time to get up and adjust to your schedule.


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I think we got lucky on this one. Jinx eats dinner around 5:30, has his last pee around 10:00 and sleeps through the night until around 6:15 when we all wake up. Sometimes I hear him in his crate playing around 5:30, but he waits until we get him up to fully rise.

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ouch, that's early!! I agree with Karen, there is NO reason to feed him at that time! Just treat it like a middle of the night potty time. Out to PEE/Poop and back in the crate, don't turn lights on, don't talk to him except to tell him to go potty. Make it very clear that it is NOT playtime. at all. I haven't had this problem with Tillie (she sleeps as long as I do and never makes a peep unless she is sick!), thank goodness, but sure did have it with my HUMAN kids!! LOL

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My dog and cat used to wake me up at 6am, anticipating their 7am feeding time. I am not a morning person, and take a strict stance on this kind of thing. With them, I simply shut them out of the bedroom. I believe pets should adjust to our schedules (within reason). Eleven weeks is young and there may be issues with getting through the night without peeing, but this really should not continue to be a problem in a few more weeks. We got our Hav pup at about 11 weeks and during the first weeks of getting up early we would put her straight back in her crate after peeing at night. No play, no treats, no chance to even do any running (we carry in and out at night). The important thing is to enforce your schedule. It sounds like you are doing the right thing by enforcing the back-to-crate routine, but it will take a few days for him to get the picture. Just be no-nonsense about it and don't give in. He will do what he can to convince you to do things his way!
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Sorry, but at 11 wks both of mine were sleeping through the night and they still do. They get up when I do at 6:30am. On the rare occasion that I get to sleep in a bit, they will stay in bed.


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Put him in a sound prof room and go back to bed Mine slept on my bed and both got up early. I would just put them back on the bed and put the blanket over my head. They would try to play with me but settled down fast.

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I was lucky. Brody slept through the night until morning from the day I got him. His morning, however, was too early for my tastes (5am-6am), but this got later over time. Now he'll contentedly sleep in with me. On work days he gets it that I hit the snooze button a time or two and doesn't want up the second the alarm goes off (in fact he'll often burrow in as if saying "quick..mom turn that off") and on weekends he sleeps in later with me. I really hated the early morning thing because I was losing out on sleep and getting cranky. LOL I need my sleep! Thankfully Brody loves bedtime, it's totally his favourite time (I'm thinking maybe it is because he gets hours of snuggle time with me).

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Just like with our human babies, this too will pass. In another month, Lucky will probably be sleeping in also. Tucker was probably between 3 - 4 months old when he'd sleep until 6 or 6:30 a.m. Now he sleeps in until we're ready to get up. It does get easier as they grow up.
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