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Old 03-21-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default My Yorkie thinks he is my alarm clock...

I haven't woken up to an alarm since I got Oliver a month ago... I wake up every morning to his crying and barking.

He sleeps in his crate and does pretty well initially. As my night winds down, his energy decreases and he becomes this blob of tired that will sleep on anything soft. I take him out for one last potty, and then put him in his crate [followed by a treat, as he still doesn't like his crate and I am trying to associate it with good things]. I always leave a chew toy and a soft toy in his crate [along with this bed] with him at night. I then put a sheet over the crate to ensure that it is dark, and he usually goes straight to sleep [sometimes he will cry just a little]. That part he is great with.

Then comes the morning. I usually wake up to his crying around 6am, but some nights it will be 3am or 5am. I take him to go to the bathroom, and if it is really early in the morning, I will try to make him go back to sleep [but he isn't a fan of that].

I know it is possible to get sleep and own a dog. He is 6 months old, and I am fine if this is a "puppy" thing... but I don't want to be doing this for the next few years. How do you all get a good night's sleep?
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:17 AM   #2
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What time is he going to bed? My dh and I are on shifts - he is a night owl and I am a morning person. Brutus usually goes to bed around 11 pm but is my alarm clock between 5-7 am. The am is great Mon-Fri but I sure would love to sleep in on the weekends. When we first got Brutus I felt like we had a newborn baby, but thankfully it didn't last very long.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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Just FYI on the crate. I taught mine to love the crate by putting treats under his bed, just everywhere in there so he would have to look for them. It got so he would cry whenever the door was closed, and he couldn't look for his surprises. Teaching go crate was a snap after this.

As for waking up early, besides the obvious potty break, maybe this will help him settle back down. Good luck, it gets better
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ZoE is over a year old and she wakes me up EVERY day about 6am.

I'd love to sleep in on my days off work... Luckily, now that she's past that puppy stage, she is much better about quickly snuggling back down again to sleep a little longer, AFTER I've gotten up to let her go do her morning pee, eat breakfast & poop....then it's back to bed we go, and of course by then, I'm wide awake...lol Isn't having a yorkie wonderful?
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:21 PM   #5
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You are lucky. My 3.5 and 2-year-old have woken me up to go potty at least one time every night for the past year. It is usually around 2-3 am and I'm lucky if they let me sleep in past 6 am because they want breakfast. I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get a full nights rest again

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Old 03-27-2012, 02:07 PM   #6
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I've just got a couple of suggestions. Yorkies are such personal pets and they hate being alone when they wake as pups. It's their natural inclination to want to call us to them and responding to those calls is working well. Also, he may be whining or barking because he needs to go potty outside or on his pad and taking him out to go potty when he cries has taught him this is the way it works, so he will probably keep it up as long as it is effective for him. Change things up some by withholding liquids longer before you put him in his crate and by not immediately responding to his cries. If you don't make him wait when he cries he will just keep doing it as long as it's working. And he's more determined than you are so unless you are prepared to just lose sleep until he's found out barking and crying nets him nothing, you will have to just put up with it until he's older and can sleep better through the night. As they age, they gradually do being to sleep all the way through the night and you will be able to also!

The only other alternative I can think of is to let him sleep with you or teach him the command of "quiet" and give that command when he cries out. For that to be effective though in one his age, you really have to be a pretty dedicated behavior modification trainer and keep those lessons up daily, so that he's learned to actually modify his behavior in response to your commands.

I hope you find a way that works for you until he grows up more.
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I usually am in bed between 8-9 during the week. I am up at 5 every morning. On the weekends both my pups get up at 5, we go out quickly and then lie back down for awhile. They both sleep in my bed and I do give them their nylabones to chew on to settle them back down. Neither one of mine has ever woken me up in the middle of the night to go out, but they are in my bed with me.
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Yeah, since Tibbe sleeps with me, we didn't have that problem.
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I guess I'm pretty lucky - both my pups have their doggie beds on my bed and sleep with me. When my alarm goes off at 6 they don't budge. I'll get up and they'll look at me as if to say "yeah, right....I'm sleeping in". They'll get up about 20 minutes after I'm up looking for breakfast.
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Both of mine sleep with me, but I still get the wake up call around 2-3 every night. Last night, it was later... at 4:40. It's odd. My foster, who is a senior holds it all night... but my two insist on waking up every night to go potty.
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Both of mine sleep with me, but I still get the wake up call around 2-3 every night. Last night, it was later... at 4:40. It's odd. My foster, who is a senior holds it all night... but my two insist on waking up every night to go potty.
You are a saint! I don't know how you do it.

My two go to sleep around 12 or 1, and then sleep in until about 10:30. They get SO mad at me if I have to leave early and take them out before then. I guess it's a good problem to have.
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Joey use to be great about sleeping in, Id just tell him No, and he didnt argue, he went back to sleep. My little foster is another story, hes doesnt know what the word no means, and he doesnt bark when he wants me up, he crys, how can I sleep through that? This also, really upsets Joey who comes up from under the covers to investigate and then starts barking. The thing of it is, they want to eat, I gave in and started feeding them at 4:00 AM, but they started getting up at 3:00 then 2:00, and its like every 15 minutes they put on this routine, I get them settled and boom the little foster gets up again. Ive been working this week to train them to sleep till 5:00 and its been very hard. He's so persistent. It was easy with one, with two, its so much harder, they work as a team. I think I'm going to start using an alarm just because I want that to wake them instead of their own internal clocks, and maybe gradually, I can set it later and later.
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You are a saint! I don't know how you do it.

My two go to sleep around 12 or 1, and then sleep in until about 10:30. They get SO mad at me if I have to leave early and take them out before then. I guess it's a good problem to have.
I wish I had that problem! They actually slept in for the first time in... over a year now. They slept in until 5:50, and I told them no probably 5 times until my alarm finally went off at 6. I'm going to start telling them no more often... It's going to be hard, but I can't wake up 2 times a night for the rest of my life
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I have't crated Ruger is awhile, but when I did I discovered that throwing a blanket over the crate to keep it dark in the morning worked like a charm. Otherwise he would wake up at any hint of sunlight.

Hey, it worked for the bird.
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