14th September 2011, 12:54 PM
Changing sleeping pattern
Recently Toby has changed his sleeping pattern and we don't know why. He is now wanting out in the middle of the night. He never used to do this. It's been happening for the last week or so. Last night we took the water away at 6:30pm. He was sleepy at 8pm so we went upstairs to bed. Husband took him out at 9:30pm to potty then back to bed. At midnight he wanted out again. Took him out and put him back in the crate. He was up again at 3:45 and rattling the crate to get out. We laid there not wanting to get him this time. We waited until 4am then we got up. He went out to potty and is now sleeping on the couch.
Not sure why he is wanting out in the middle of the night. My husband has changed job positions which in turn he goes to work later in the morning. We used to get up at 4:30am but now want to get up 5am. Toby won't let us sleep this long.
We take nightly walks with Toby(of course training loose leash walking along the way) and we play with his toys after that. Some nights my husband runs with him outside to wear him out.
Any suggestions on getting him to sleep longer? He used to sleep all night until 4am without issues. Not sure what has changed. He is teething right now. He has lost 7 teeth so far.
14th September 2011, 02:09 PM
Hmm, first thoughts would make you think this was to do with his teething wouldn't it ? But also, could he be waking because he is either thirsty, or hungry? What time does he have his last feed of the day?
14th September 2011, 02:30 PM
He eats dinner the same time we do between 4:30-5pm but when we go for our nightly walks he does gets treats with his training. Usually the treats are very small (we cut them to make them small) and feed him maybe 30-40 along our walk. Our walks vary between 6pm to 7:30pm just depending on what we are doing after dinner. We didn't do anything with his water until last night. I thought maybe he was drinking too much before bedtime but even taking it away at 6:30 didn't do anything.
I thought about putting him back in the crate after his waking at 3-4am just so he knows he doesn't have the upper paw on us. Even if we just laid in bed staring at each other, I want him to know who's boss. But not sure if that's right thing to do so we have not done it yet.
14th September 2011, 02:48 PM
From your schedules, and if you were describing my Alfie, I know that some treats seem to make him thirsty. Sometimes he whines a little in the evenings and if I recall that he has had a certain chew or a lot of treats, then I offer water and he guzzles a fair bit and settles down afterwards. Also Alfie gets fed his last meal between 6 and 7 pm. It may be nothing at all to do with that however, and as with human babies, maybe he should be left if he asks to come out at an unreasonable (to you) time, and see if he is trying it on ? .... maybe others will have some ideas
14th September 2011, 02:53 PM
We have been having the same problem with Sonny. Ever since we brought him home at 9 weeks, he has gone to bed at 10 and slept through the night until 6. However the past three nights he has woke up once in the middle of the night and needed to be taken out. After wards he seems ready to play, but I have been putting him right back in his crate and told him good night. He cries for about 5 minutes, which is heartbreaking to hear, but we just wait it out and he settles back down and goes back to sleep. It's driving me crazy that he all of the sudden needs to go out in the middle of the night!!!! But I know he is still just a puppy and hopefully will outgrow this routine.
14th September 2011, 03:57 PM
Our treats are usually the Ziwipeak jerky type that we cut into small pieces. When we get home from our walks he does guzzle a lot of water. Its funny, as soon as he see's the front door open he is like a grey hound, he runs as fast as he can to his water. We took the water away last night after he had his fill from our walk.
Our feeding schedule is really not great but because he gets up so early we feed earlier. His first meal is at 6am, 2nd meal is about 11:45am and 3rd meal is 4:30-5pm. Its not ideal but this seems to be the times where he will not leave me alone until he gets his food. I take him for a walk right before lunch and soon after dinner.
I think what we will do is take him out in the middle of the night if he needs to go but when he wants out again between 3-4am we will just try to ignore him. We've been talking and he-hawing about putting his crate in the empty bedroom upstairs instead of in our room but if he does have to go out I don't think we will hear him. He only pushes on his crate door, he doesn't whine at all.
Originally Posted by Blueroses
14th September 2011, 04:03 PM
14th September 2011, 04:22 PM
Good luck with that. Let us know how you get on. We all seem to have our different challenges with our pups and my latest is likely to be off the leash walking to heel at puppy classes for the first time tonight ! Think of me
14th September 2011, 04:29 PM
14th September 2011, 05:01 PM
At his age he should be able to hold his potty all night long. Perhaps he is just trying to get attention? I would try ignoring him and see if any accidents happen. That way you will know if he really needs out, or if he is just trying to get you guys to come play with him