Our 4 month old shar pei puppy hasn't slept though a single night since we got her in October. She sleeps in a kennel with a comfy bed and all of her toys and water, but wakes up nearly every morning around 4 a.m. This past week has been exceptionally bad - she has woke up every 2 hours and barks til we get up and take her out. My husband and I are losing our minds - does any one have any suggestions?
She has you trained. You need to ignore her and deal until she stops. Right now it works so she will contiue to do so. As long as she is comfortable and empty, she has no need to leave her crate. A puppy must learn that night is the time to sleep.
Also take the water out of her crate. She needs to be sleeping at night, the water will make it more difficult for her to sleep through without having to pee, and she'll be fine without it until morning. Good luck!
Every time I have had a puppy and kept him/her in a crate, they wake up several times. I am weak..it is hard for me to let them cry because I do not want them to have an accident. I know some people think this is bad, but both my dogs (one is 4 months and one is 8 months) sleep all night with no problem because they sleep in bed with me! Hershey will sleep as long as I do holding it until I let him outside. Jazz sleeps all night until about 7:30 am and then I have to get up and let him out. Of course, my dogs are small and my bed is high, so they will not jump down. They stay on the bed until I get them down! I love having them in the bed. My husband tolerates it.
Of all the puppies we've fostered, we had siberian huskys that were the worst. I agree with the above comment, take away the water and toys- it's sleep time, not play time. Depending on your schedual, you have to set a "bed time" at our house, it's 10pm. So at about 7-8 we get all the dogs (ours and fosters) and run them around like crazy, playing with them and then they all come in and wind down before going to bed. For new foster dogs I'll put them in a crate, one on either side of the bed with a blanket over if I have to seclude them. I'll get up every night between 1-2 am and let them out for a potty break for up to one week, after that they realize to hold it for the night. As to barking, I'll keep keys or soda cans with penny's near by and any noise the get something thrown at the cage. I'll ignore it if I can, but like others are sugesting you are trained, not the dog to respond to the dog. This provides a negative responce. In my experience, It hasn't taken more than 2 nights and the dogs get it- from that point on if anyone barks or crys it's a sincere request to be let out to go to the bathroom. Hope this helps or at least provides an alternative- more forcefull at that
I don't have any suggestions as I am dealing with the same problem! Any help would be great. We are trying to keep her up more in the early evening but so far nothing is working...We have a 5 month old Golden Retreiver
I agree with everyone else. Take the water away at a certain time at night so it willl be easier for the puppy to hold it at night. Also the more you tire your puppy out during the day and before bed the more likely he will sleep longer at night.
When I got my puppy I took her to the dog park during the day. I also have other dogs for her to play with, and I would play with her for an hour before bed. She slept all night, infact I use to wake up before her!
Ignore demands, ALWAYS, whether its during the day or night. Always be in control of all activities.You must ignore if the puppy barks at you or even paws at you. Increase outdoor excersise so the dog is tired. Leave a radio on, or a clicking clock Give the dog attention or rewards when hes quiet only (and behaving)