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DASHKATH Posts: 862
8/6/13 5:19 A

Try a nice long walk in the evenings before you go to bed. Dog will benefit from the exercise and hopefully relax enough to get a good nights sleep

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
8/3/13 11:47 P

Because your dog isn't really a puppy anymore, I'd have them checked out.
I have 2 dogs one 3 years old and 90 lbs, the other about 7.5 years old and 25 lbs. The small dog will sometimes wake me up at night if she isn't forced to go outside enough times in the daytime. She doesn't like going outside, so I often get woken up at about the same time as the OP. However, if she goes outside at least 4 times during the day she generally doesn't need to go out in the middle of the night.
Good luck in figuring this out!

DCABANAS33 SparkPoints: (9,023)
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7/27/13 4:05 P

I agree with everyone mentioning to have your dog checked by your veterinarian to start with.

If all is well, it may be behavioral - if he likes to go outside and by waking you up, he gets to go out, he may have developed the habit.

It would be important to know whether he CAN "hold it" all night without going outside. If he CAN'T - there is likely an underlying medical problem. If he CAN but he just wakes you up, he may be waking you up to go outside, not necessarily because he has to pee.

If there is no medical problem, you may have to start gradually "ignoring" or "delaying" letting him out so that he will break the habit.

It's similar to feeding a pet whenever they beg - pretty soon, they learn that begging gets food.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
7/27/13 4:40 A

My best advice would be to have your dog checked out by a veterinarian to rule out a medical problem that's causing the increased frequency of urination.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 7/27/2013 (04:41)
DINKY22 SparkPoints: (498)
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6/19/13 4:18 P

Also Qwavie,

your dog is still young, so it is normal for her to not be able to hold it when excited, I would suggest that you show that you are not happy when she pees by removing the stimulation, or stopping the attention she is getting from the people who gets her excited. get her to calm down before they are allowed to approach her, hoping that she does not pee when she sees you as well. walking away does wonders to tell a dog we are not happy with them when they do certain behavior.

DINKY22 SparkPoints: (498)
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6/19/13 4:13 P

Does your dog need to go more often in day time as well?
If she is going more often, it could be a health problem.

If she is not too big, you might want to potty pad train her. This will required that you confine her to a very small area of the house where you want her to go potty at night. She needs enough space for her bed, the training pad, her food bowl, and a toy... no more else she will not understand what you want her to do. I fence my dog in at night in a corner of the laundry room. She goes on the pad and I simply change it when it is soiled. she still ask for the door during daytime. Dogs don't pee where they sleep.. so don't leave her an option, also pick your spot well, because it is very difficult and confusing for the dog to be trained to go somewhere else... since she might also go there when you cannot let her outside.

QWAVIE Posts: 172
6/19/13 9:31 A

Hi sorry your pet is waking you to go out so early. My pup is a little over a year. She is a Happy pee pooch. Every time someone she likes comes around she pees all over the place and wags her tail about a hundred miles an hour. She gets into a little mischief every once and awhile but really is a good dog otherwise, We have tried a lot of things to stop Daisy from peeing when people come over but nothing is working so far. Just know pets are a handful but they are loyal and worth the trouble. God Bless Qwavie emoticon

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
6/18/13 2:48 P

If this is new, maybe get him checked at the vet to rule out any medical problems.

6/18/13 12:42 P

An unusual topic for Sparkspeople, but I need some help so hopefully someone will be able to.

I have a lovable furry, white dog, age 2.5 years, that has been keeping me awake at night. He is attached ot me when I am home so anywhere I am, he is too. He sleeps in the crook of my legs. Lately, about 2 months, he is waking me up at 3:30 A.M. He sits near my chest and stares at me then lighlty moans/whines. He is communicating. I am taking it as his way of saying he needs to go out because I get up and let him out and he goes willingly. Of course, if I dont get up, I will clean the price in the morning. I dont go back to sleep after I'm awake.

I take him out each night before bed. I dont get why he is going this all of a sudden. I can't believe his bladder can only last 4 hours, especially because he doesnt eat/drink any differently.

I need him to stop waking me up. Please dont say have him sleep somewhere else because it wont happen since I leave the door open for the kids' sake. Thanks!

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