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Question Need help with getting Duncan to sleep in the am

He has taken a liking to start his day at 5:30am,but we start our day at 7am.I cannot tell you all the toll this is taking on us.My daughters have been getting up earlier than normal and we are all getting cranky!!
He sleeps alot during the day,but I know that's a puppy thing,but this unforsaken waking hour is unbearable.
We have tried telling him quiet,tried to shhhh him and ignore him,but he gets al wired from whimpering to whining to barking.I also have people who live upstairs from me too.
Any and all advice/help/suggestions are most greatly appreciated!
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What time is he going to bed at night? Does he have to go potty in the middle of the night? If not, how long from when he goes to bed until he gets up at 5:30?
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He starts to fall asleep around 9:30-10:00 with us while watching TV then we bring him to his crate around 11pm then he gets up around 4ish to pee,then he'll go back and wake around 5:30ish doing his thing of whimpering whining barking till one of us gets up with him and goes downstairs to keep him from waking everyone else up.
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I assume the crate is still by your bed? It might take a couple of nights of less sleep for the whole family, but he can learn he needs to be quiet when in his crate for bedtime.

I have one that won't make a peep when in his crate for bedtime, but when he is in his crate after he has eaten, he is a loud mouth for sure!!!! <grin>

When he whines, tell him, "shhhh" or "quiet". When he is quiet, tell him "good quiet" and you roll over away from him. Comfort him and let him know all is well while at the same time correcting him. Don't get him out until YOU are ready to get up. Remember, you are the boss or the "alpha". He will soon learn that he isn't getting out of the crate no matter what he does. Be consistent though, that is the toughest part.

A good book I buy for all of my puppy buyers is: HOW TO RAISE A PUPPY YOU CAN LIVE WITH. It also comes in video which is great for the kids. www.dogwise.com
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Cosmo was the same a very early riser - he would get up at about 5.30 and he would want to play !! I would take him potty and put him back to bed . Peace did not last for too long until about 6- 6.30 . I would get up then with him feed him and play with him and potty him .
I never had this problem with Asta he would sleep until 7 or 7.30 . I could handle that ..
When I got Ahnold he would cry in the middle of the night - I would say shssh and tell he was fine and he would go back to sleep . He likes to get up early as well It is a work in progress - I take the potty tell them to go back to sleep . cover the crate - this does help - it seems they are reacting to light .. Sometimes they sleep another hour sometimes an hour and a half ..
I do not know how you manage with neighbors - it is hard . it was hard with the barking in the desert -
Our neighbor was not too happy but fortunately she played golf most of the day and got up early ..
Cosmo is getting older and this seems to help . Once again all I can say is that consistency is the key . I can also sympathize as I went throught it as well . I cannot stress it too strongly every dog is different . I did not realize it before as Asta was easier but Cosmo is a much more dominant and determined dog .. He is very bright but he knows what he wants ..
Neutering helped and so did the trainer I found in the desert ..
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Brutus likes to get up early too. This works fine for us during the week, but on weekends I need to sleep in a bit. What has worked for us (and it might not work for everyone) is that Brutus comes back to bed with me after his early morning potty on weekends. He may chew for a few minutes on a bully stick, but most of the time he will fall back to sleep right next to me. I normally have to wake him up later in the morning.
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He starts to fall asleep around 9:30-10:00 with us while watching TV then we bring him to his crate around 11pm then he gets up around 4ish to pee,then he'll go back and wake around 5:30ish doing his thing of whimpering whining barking till one of us gets up with him and goes downstairs to keep him from waking everyone else up.
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Dot, I think when you get up with him "to keep him from waking everyone else up" , it's a wonderful reward for him. He gets attention for whining, so he's going to keep doing it. It may take a few days of working with him to be quiet when back in his crate, but it will benefit everyone in the long run. You may want to speak with your upstairs neighbor and ask for their patience for a couple days while you work through this.
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Oreo has been getting up during the night, too. When he wakes me up, I take him outside and wait for him to relieve himself, then take him back upstairs and put him in his crate. If he whimpers, I sing to him in a soft voice and stick my fingers through the holes of his crate. This calms him down and he goes back to sleep within a few minutes. Also, if you have the time and can get to sleep easily, I suggest taking the puppy on a long walk and then taking a nap.

Hope that helped at all!
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thanks all for the feedback.I would LOVE to take Duncan for a long walk,but he's still not allowed since he hasn't been fully vaccinated as of yet.
We have an appt in 2 weeks,and I hope by then he's done.
We do,however,play hard in the yard with the kids,but sometimes we all get busy and can't devote all our time to playing with Duncan unfortunately.
The days when he plays hard he sleeps much better,but then when we're busy he sleeps during the day and gets up early.
I am hoping we can do the long walks really soon!!
Thanks again for all the advice.
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thanks all for the feedback.I would LOVE to take Duncan for a long walk,but he's still not allowed since he hasn't been fully vaccinated as of yet.
We have an appt in 2 weeks,and I hope by then he's done.
We do,however,play hard in the yard with the kids,but sometimes we all get busy and can't devote all our time to playing with Duncan unfortunately.
The days when he plays hard he sleeps much better,but then when we're busy he sleeps during the day and gets up early.
I am hoping we can do the long walks really soon!!
Thanks again for all the advice.
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