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Do dogs need a set bed time?

DH and I have completly different sleeping scheduleds due to our jobs. He works graveyard and I have to be to work by 5am. On nights I work the next day I go to bed anywhere between 9-10pm. On my nights off I stay up later. Milla goes to bed the same time as me except on DH's nights off. He will stay up anywhere between 12am-3am. Milla will stay in the living room with him, but is sleeping a good chunk of the time. He wakes her up a little bit before he goes to bed to play a little and go potty.
We thought keeping her up later with DH would work out well and make it so she slept in a little later in the morning (just a hour or 2). When I get up for work she usually wakes up to. I take her potty and put her back to bed. Sometimes she is out cold and I leave her alone. However there are some mornings where she just will not go back to sleep. She just whines and cries. She seems to do it more when she says up late with DH. It seems really strange to me. DS sleeps in later when he stays up later, so I thought it would work with the puppy too.
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I think dogs are a creature of habit like us and do better living on a schedule that is pretty much same day to day. Occationally things are not going to be perfect-- and they will adjust... but overall I think a set schedule makes for a healthier and happier dog.
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My husband works at 2 am so he goes to be by 8, but I stay up until 10-midnight. Normally, we put Bear to bed between 8-9. My husband potties him at 2 am and I get up around 5-6 am. He sea to work better with a schedule. But even if we keep him up later, he still wakes up at 5 am. He's actually starting to put himself to bed. Come 830ish he'll crawl into his crate for the night, even with the door wide open and no covering.

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My husband works graveyard as well. I, on the other hand, am usually up till about 2 am. Max usually goes to sleep on the sofa at around midnight, and when I go to bed, he'll usually wake up and come up with me. When my husband is home, he takes himself to bed at around the same time. He will sometimes come into the family room and stare at me at around 2 like he's telling me it's time for bed, Mom!

He's also up with my husband when he gets home at 7 am. I used to worry but apparently he's adjusted better than I have to hubby being on that shift!
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I'm not sure about the dogs but with a new puppy I sure need a set bedtime!

My guys usually develop their own schedules for bed. My very first Golden Beau got set in his ways as he aged and didn't like to be disturbed when it was time for his beauty sleep. One night we had company who overstayed their "welcome" in Beau's eyes. The woman of the couple got louder and louder as the night went on. I'm an early bird so even I was tired by 2 a.m. Finally Beau took it on himself to come out of the bedroom, sit down and talked to the lady as she talked! When she paused, he paused, and when she started up, so did he! He was the kindest, sweetest dog ever and my hubby and I started laughing because we knew what Beau was trying to tell her. They left about 15 minutes later- Beau got a nice big thank you from me!

Usually my dogs will wander in the bedroom on their own when it's time for bed.
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Milla will usually take it upon herself to go to sleep after we put our son to bed around 7-7:30. She will sleep for hours if we let her. However we know if we let her continue to sleep as if it was bed time, she would be up really early. Not ok by us. So we wake her up for potty and a play session a little while before bed to wear her out again before we go to bed.
She sleeps in our master bath with a baby gate at night. She does not have access to go in before we do because we keep the bedroom closed up. If we leave it open the cats will go in and one of them has a bad habit of peeing on our clean laundry when she is mad at us. Which with the new puppy, she is very mad.
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Roxxi (7 months) sleeps on her mat on the floor until my husband and I go to bed. If there is no school, my son lets her sleep on his bed until he goes to bed, her kennel is in his room. She has no set time, she sleeps on her mat when she is tired, goes out one last time before we go to bed then settles in for the night, either straight to kennel (school nights) or to my son's room non-school nights. She gets up between 5:30 - 6:30 AM every day.

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Wyatt follows our schedule. We all just go to bed early during the week and late on the weekend. However he does not get up until I get up. Hubby gets up early. He follows everything we do actually LOL! We should have named him shadow LOL!

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I found with the dogs that we had, by about a year or so old they usually set their own bed times.

My Summer usually passes out on the floor about 9:00pm and stays there until I go to bed about 1:00am or so when she goes to bed with me.

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I find it much easier with Winston to have a set schedule. That way everything is predictable (particularly potty times!).

However, Riley can do what he wants. He will pass out for the night when he is ready. I usually go to bed before my boyfriend and Riley can choose whether to curl up with me to stay in the office or living room with my boyfriend and come to bed with him later. I think it matters mainly with the puppies, although every dog is different!
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