I recently started another thread about this same puppy and a different issue the owner is currently having but I am hoping that some of you can be a great resource to solve some of these small behavioral issues.
The dog is a female german shorthair pointer that is 7 months old. Since the beginning of January it has started waking up every day at 3:00am and waking its owner in order to go outside and go to the bathroom. Ideally the owner wouldn't want to be waking up at 3am but doesn't know how to stop this pattern without the dog going in the house. Any suggestions as to why the dog is doing this (or is it just when the dog has to use the restroom), if you have seen/ heard of a dog doing this before and how it can be stopped?
Is the puppy crate trained? A proper crate should only be big enough to stand, turn around, and lay down in. A dog will usually not soil it's crate. Play hard with puppy before bedtime to tire her out, and no food or water 1-2 hours before putting her in the crate at night, and take her out to potty before she goes to sleep.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
Thanks for your help/ suggestions. I have one question. This dog seems to be a big fan of drinking...like the owner has to sometimes restrict how much the water it can be given because it'll just keep drinking. Is it ok to take water away from the dog for so long?
While the dog should always have good clean water, and it should be taken away a few hours before bedtime. I am concerned about how much it's drinking, you make it sound like perhaps it is drinking excessively? If so that could be an indication of a medical problem such as diabetes. Just a thought.
I am not the direct owner and thus not with the dog all the time so I am unsure if it is in excess or not. Whenever I'm watching it though it loves to drink. She has been up to date on all of its vets visits so if it were a medical problem would a normal exam detect that?
I appreciate this insight into a medical problem because it wouldn't have crossed my mind.
I also wonder if the breed could have anything to do with it?
If you purchase a shock collar for barking, you don't have to do anything. When the dog barks the collar will shock him, you are not in control.
When he makes a noise, the collar will shock, and that is when you say quiet. After he has stopping making noise, praise and say good quiet. Maybe even a treat.
The problem is the dog is getting attention when he makes noise. In my opinion, I would ignore him, and after he is completely quiet then make a fuss. He will soon learn he gets attention when he is quiet, not when he makes noise. Good luck