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Old 12-27-2012, 10:58 PM
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8 month old pup will not sleep past 7 am no matter what I do. Sometimes he wake up earlier. This doesn't matter what time we go to bed for the night. It's like an alarm every morning. Lately I have tried letting him out to go to bathroom and then out him back into cage but it doesn't work. By This time I am awake and just give in. I just want to be able to sleep in a day a week.
I also walk him before bed.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:05 PM
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Bentley has been the same way since he was 6 weeks old. He wakes up at 6 AM and he's ready for his day to begin.

I think they do have an internal alarm clock because he knows when it's time for breakfast, lunch and dinner almost to the minute.

I'm not sure if there's a way to change that. It doesn't bother me because I'm an early riser anyway.
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Where is his crate? I find that my foster pups sleep longer if the crate is in my bedroom. With the young ones that need to go out early in the morning (pre-7am), I will take them out and then feed them in their crate when I bring them back inside. It usually gets me another hour or two on weekends and a chance to shower on weekdays. My current 2 would be happy to sleep till noon.
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Crate is in my room.
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I have no problems with the 7 am during the week as I usually have to be at work at 9 am but on the weekends it would be great to sleep until 9
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you could also try covering the crate with a thick blanket or sleeping bag to muffle outside sounds and light. my first golden was a 5 year old retired breeding bitch, that had spent her life in a kennel, where feeding time was 6:30am, she was up at that time every morning until she had to be put down at almost 17 years. I would just tell her to go back to bed, and then ignore her, which she grudgingly did.
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This is going to sound crazy but I will either
a) Talk to Bear. "*groan* Five more minutes, Mom!"
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b) snuggle in bed with him. Sometimes I give him a chewie to nom nom on.

I find that if he's been out to potty and has food in his tummy, Bear will be content to sleep in with me.
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a couple suggestions... make sure his evening walk is pretty long so he is pretty tired when he goes to sleep. before he goes to bed, keep the water bowl up and away for an hour and then take him out to potty right before bed, so you're sure he's pretty much "running on empty." If he does wake up early, ignore him for longer periods each time.

Try giving him this before bedtime--I used to give it to Tucker when he was a puppy. Helped him sleep through the night, and perhaps it will help yours sleep longer.

A bowl of goat's milk, warmed in the microwave, with a couple tabs* of melatonin dissolved in it. I used goat's milk because dogs seem to digest it better than cow's milk. On the theory that warm milk makes human kids sleepy, I thought it might help with young dogs and in Tucker's case, it did. The melatonin is a natural sleep aid for humans. Evidently in dogs (about 80% of them at least) it doesn't make them sleepy so much as mellow. When I gave this little drink to Tucker as a puppy, and after his neuter surgery, it mellowed him out and got him to sleep very soundly.

Hope that helps! Good luck. You may just have an early riser...

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We had a pup that would get us both up at anything from 4am....the screaming would drive you nuts!!..I am an early riser but not that early!! He still gets up early, about 5 ...but now happily goes back to bed after being let out to do his business and having his breakfast..so we get to sleep in till 8 after getting up at 5...better than 4 I tell you!!
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Think ill try to feed him as soon as he gets up then try putting him in bed with me. All I'm asking for is to sleep till 9 am one day a week. Currently we have training at 9 am on Saturdays so that is an early rise day anyways.
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