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    Default Let sleeping dogs lie??

    Hi there,
    Im wondering if anyone has any ideas on how i can get Jelly to wake me when my morning alarm goes?
    Im deaf in one ear (due to illness) & im told im loosing the hearing in my good ear so the problem is that if im asleep on my good ear i dont hear my alarm, both girls are cuddled up to me overnight so they must just ignore the alarm (it can be going over an hour,i say it-i set 4 different clocks!) cos im still always 1st out of bed!
    With Jelly being so young im thinking she'd be the best to train to possibly jump on my head to wake me(& i cant believe she doesnt already as she must be ready for toilets)It really would be a help especially as my hearing deteriorates further, if youve no ideas on how would anyone know who i could contact ie;hearing dogs but im sure they only deal with their own dogs? Thanks ever so much in advance oh & im sure my poor neighbours would be most grateful too
    Blessed by the love of a Cavalier!
    G & Ruby(ruby girl!)B:04? Ex PF rescue,she came to me in '08 & has SM/MVD & she's a special princess & Jelly Tots(B&T girl)B:20/3/09,a real cuddles cheeky chops & the baby of the family!

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    i would still contact the hearing people, if the dog is right they can train your own dog. i investigated getting Peaches trained as a asistance dog when i was first confirmed disabled, but i am not disabled enough apparently.

    good luck and keep us updated!
    Mommy to Pepper the Guinea-Pig, Adoring fan of Peaches the Blenheim
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    Perhaps you could have a bedside table lamp pointed at your head, like those student lamps, and plugged into a timer.
    We have a small table lamp in our bedroom, set on a timer, that comes on a few minutes before the clock radio in the a.m., so that it's easier to wake up in those dark winter mornings.

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    I would contact a trainer - surely a good trainer could help you teach this behaviour.

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    The way to start,is lay on the floor,pretend you are asleep,get his favorite toy or a treat,say cheese or cooked chicken,place that under you,call him,still pretending to be asleep,get him to sniff around you and when he starts nuzzling,pretend to wake,so on so on.till you dont need atreat.Loads of praise,it may take a couple of months,then you can progress to your bed.Then start again.Try that.

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    Our dog, Arthur, gets up with th alarm clock because he knows that mean he is about to get breakfast. Of course, he is a VERY food driven dog but we call him our alarm clock...he is up at 6 AM even without an alarm on weekends and demanding breakfast.

    I am sure there are some negative things about feeding a dog at the exact same time everyday but we live a fairly routined life and they get fed at 6 AM and 7 PM and they know it....we can't escape it unless we are not home. I would think that if you have a dog that can be very motivated by food then feed them at the same time every morning for awhile..if they are anything like Arthur they won't let you forget when it is breakfast time.
    Ashley - Mom to Duncan (4 years/blenheim) and Arthur (3 years/ruby)

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    -Maybe use your cell phone with the alarm setting, on vibrate?

    This will also work-
    Start feeding your dog, early in the morning, when your alarm is supposed to go off.
    Believe me, after a few weeks, you will have a 4 legged, waggity tailed alarm clock.

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    I would also use the mobile phone on vibrate.
    If I had to depend on Bella to wake me I'd never be up in time. She's the laziest dog in the mornings. However when my alarm goes of the cat starts up. He's at my head and yelling his head off and he won't settle until I get up.

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    Default Maybe i didnt think this thro!!

    Just an update
    Ive been doing some training with jelly & a few mornings she has jumped on my face when the alarm has gone off-yay! Some morns she hasnt bothered & clearly wanted to sleep on, this morn the little monkey jumped on me before the alarm went off (puppy elbow in the eye not the kindest way to be woken) so i thought she must be ready for a wee but no, she ran into the lounge, onto the chair & promptly went back to sleep for an hour,rubes joined her & they both enjoyed their "lie in"!
    So this evening i did a bit more training-lying on the bed with her pretending sleep then going peep peep peep(sort of close to the alarm noise) she responded sooo enthusiastically by jumping on my head that i heard my neck crack & am now in a good deal of pain & cant move my neckI still told her good girl of course! she's only 8lbs so this perhaps(!) isnt going to work long term as i dont fancy a fully grown darling jumping on my head-maybe id better order the sonic boom instead!Lol xx
    Blessed by the love of a Cavalier!
    G & Ruby(ruby girl!)B:04? Ex PF rescue,she came to me in '08 & has SM/MVD & she's a special princess & Jelly Tots(B&T girl)B:20/3/09,a real cuddles cheeky chops & the baby of the family!

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