Hi everyone. Our pup Rider is doing fantastic, she learns everything so quickly and is such a love bug. I have a question and I think the answer is something my husband and I have to do/change. But I was curious and wanted to ask before changing her routines.
For about a month, maybe a bit more, she's decided to REFUSE to sleep through the night! Every morning at 3am on the DOT she is quietly whining with intermittent yips, straight through until usually 5am when we just can't take it anymore and get out of bed.
She is crated, in the living room, and won't be in our bedroom overnight until she has perfected potty training because any fun odors from poo, the ammonia in pee, even cleaning products, sets off my asthma. Ironically...I'm not allergic to dogs.
Now, I'm stuck on two theories. At first when she would get up at 3, I'd take her outside and she would in fact pee and poo within 30 seconds of being outside. However, if I don't take her outside and try to ignore her, she holds the poo (NOT the pee, makes for daily laundry) until 5am but makes enough noise to wake the neighbors. We take her out between 9pm-10pm every night to make sure she's empty, but she always pees and refuses to poo. Every evening after we have dinner, we take her on a long walk. On our way home she is always poking along beside us because she's tired. I also put her water up on the counter at 8pm so she doesn't drink a bunch before going to bed.
Her breakfast is always between 7am-8am, and her dinner is always between 4pm-5pm. So my two theories are either she still hasn't burned enough energy, or I need to change her dinner time to make that darn pee and poo happen later in the morning! Or a possible third theory....this is a phase just like 2 year old children??
Even two months ago she could sleep through the night no problem and would always wake up at 7am on the dot! I wake up when my husband gets up for work at 5:30am, and she used to be SO tired when we woke up! lol. But nothing has changed since then other than her deciding 3am is a great time to start the day!
If anyone has any questions in case I left out some important information, or has any ideas....