Our little man will wake up every morning around 5am. We know that is around the time his previous owner my uncle would wake up ever morning... So now here at the new house is the same way... he will wake up around that time then he will go to sleep two to three hours later... I mean its not like we sleep till real late our wake up time is 8pm and we go to bed anywhere around 11pm to 12am... Is there any suggestions on how to get him trained to a new sleeping schedule? or are we always going to be stuck getting up at 5am lol... Thanks for any suggestions ahead of time. Oh yeah incase it helps he is a 6month old Shih Tzu.
I would train him that it is not time to go out until the alarm clock rings. When the alarm goes off, jump out of bed (if you can), clap your hands and say something like "Guess what! It's time to go out!"
First set the alarm close to the time the dog wants to go out. After it seems that he "gets" that the alarm is the signal you can start advancing the time. Set the alarm fifteen minutes later, wait a few days until he seems to get the new time. Then advance another fifteen minutes, until the dog is naturally waiting to get up when you want to.
I found out a good long evening walk helps my dog sleep better through the night. Wears her out so much that she can't help but go to sleep and sleep long and well. :) Entertain her mind as well as her body. After her walk give a good short little training session. Make sure your interaction with her each evening is meaningful. Dogs need not only exercise, but constructive exercise that combines training and establishing you as the alpha. This establishes you as a positive leader that she not only respects, but adores. The more creative you are throughout the day with her, the more at ease she will be at night. Make her sleep in her crate at night if she's not already. If she cries, then ignore her. It may take a while but she'll get the idea. We actually have had the same problem with our dog. Now if she wakes me up, she goes into another room with her bed and has to wait until I wake up. Usually a couple of times of this and she gets the idea, but the exercise thing really has worked best for me. I've found if she doesn't get that long walk and play time then she gets more restless at night.
Play with him a lot. If he starts getting tired, take him for a walk. Leave him alone when you want him to sleep and perhaps he'll sleep longer. If not, maybe he just has to be let out at that time. And he'll learn your schedule eventually. My dogs sleep in with me and when I get up, they do. When I'm at school, they sleep so when I get home we can go on a long walk and play in the backyard. ON the weekends, they are up as long as I am, except around 12noon-2 or 3 pm which is their nap time.
My; dogs: Blizzard and Max. cats: Frosty, Snickers, Crystal, Felix (black cat in pic), Sinder, Vince, Binx, Rei (tiny cat in pic). Birds: Ash (cockateil) Fitch & Sheila (Zebra finches)