The pup is great. We did a no-no and sometimes let him sleep on our bed in the morning. Who can resist the face? We also let him sleep on the couch at night before I go to bed. He usually is asleep and out for the night around
8 or 9 pm. I wake him around 11 or 12 at night and let him out before I goto bed. He can hold it for 6-7 hours ( and should be able to, he has actually held it longer sleeping ). The thing is sometimes he gets up around
4 or 5 am and I let him out. He pees and sometimes poops. Then he runs inthe house straight to the couch and does not want to go back in the crate. Sometimes he will cry for a few minutes, sometimes he will go right back in. We think he gets up just cause he wants to be with us and he could really hold it a couple more hours. Would it be wrong to make him hold it or should I keep taking him out? I would like to get him on a schedule where he sleeps right through. Thanks a lot.
The thing is sometimes he gets up around
4 or 5 am and I let him out. He pees and sometimes poops. Then he runs in the house ... a couple more hours. Would it be wrong to make him hold it or should I keep taking him out?

I'd take him out (on a leash) and take him directly back to his crate. I almost always give my 4 month old Labrador a treat for going in his crate. HOWEVER I always go and get it once I've locked him up, so it's not a bribe, but a reward.
He probably does have to go if he's sometimes pooping too, my puppy gives you about 2 minutes of warning if he needs to poop, if you don't get him out in time, he'll go where he stands.

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hi, i had the same problem , the thing is u have to be consistent meaning no water after 1900 h. and no on the bed during the night hours.- with me in the beginning my wife said leave a little light on so the dog is not all in the dark > proved wrong , the dog has to know it's night and time to sleep, when he was a little sick we took her into bed > wrong , she wanted the next days into bed too so whining and yelping was the result, in the beginning the dog was waking us after 4 - 5 hours so we continuing let her whine everyday a little longer ( we were up anyway ) before we let her out and now she's used to sleeping 7 hours straight , the dog is now 13 weeks - hope this helps for u !
You should NOT restrict water. Dogs don't drink for the fun of it, they drink because they NEED the water. Their kidneys need the water and you could be doing serious long term damage by doing that.
You have to judge whether your pup really needs to go out at night or not. If he is doing his business when you take him out them if it was me I assume he had to go. If you don't want him on the couch then put him right back in the crate. I don't use a crate and my labs sleep on the bed with us but thats my choice. Then again when mine were pups as long as they were with me I knew exactly when they needed to go out and could put them out. They were all sleeping through the night by about 10 or 11 weeks. But every pup is different, so don't rush it.

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I will allow him on the bed and furniture regularly when he is an adult. I just don't want him out of the crate at night in case we don't hear him get up. Then he might have an accident.
The pup is great. We did a no-no and sometimes let him sleep on our bed in the morning. Who ... can hold it for 6-7 hours ( and should be able to, he has actually held it longer sleeping ).

When a mammal is sleeping there is a hormone that concentrates urine.

http://arbl.cvmbs.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/endocrine/hypopit/adh.html

The thing is sometimes he gets up around
4 or 5 am and I let him out. He pees and sometimes poops. Then he runs in the house ... taking him out? I would like to get him on a schedule where he sleeps right through. Thanks a lot.

If your dog has had plenty of exercise and urinated two or more times before going to bed he should be able to go for 7 hrs. When our dog was a puppy and did this, at 4 AM, we said "no" and we all returned to sleep. He eventually stopped waking us up. But being a very cute
18 lbs, he continues to sleep with us!

Marshall
be able to go for 7 hrs. When our
dog was a puppy and did this, at 4 AM, we said "no" and we all returned to sleep. He eventually stopped waking us up. But being a very cute 18 lbs, he continues to sleep with us! Marshall

I started my pup in a cardboard box by my bed rather than the cage so that she was right by me in the night and I wouldn't miss anything ~ if she needed a little comfort, I'd just drop my arm in or if she wouldn't settle I directed her attention to a chew toy in the box with her.

Once she was going through the night (and was over a urine infection which was beneficial in that it taught me how to tell her genuine cries for out from her 'I want to play' cries), she had learnt rather than to bark or cry, to get on with her own thing with the toys provided in a cage at the end of our bed.
Her cage has now moved downstairs and she sleeps happily through the night, and will allow me a good hour or so lie in at the weekend. She's 19 weeks old and I can say for sure she hasn't woken us in the night since she was 12 weeks... but she is gonna be a big girl ~ smaller dogs have smaller bladders and like people, we all have different tolerances. I would never remove water before bed time though.
Diana