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My husband is not crazy about dogs. He doesn't mind ... move my hubby out, or sleep downstairs with the puppy.

Sleep downstairs with the puppy. Having the puppy in the same room with you at night is part of having a puppy. Mustang Sally

And, nine weeks old is too young for a pup to hold it all night. Taking him out very late (like midnight) and again very early (5:00) am will help, along with having him sleep near someone who can wake and hear him. It's been ages since we had a young puppy, but I remember keeping my hand on his crate next to my bed and saying "shhh shhh shhh" for what seemed like ages. Pretty soon he'll figure out that "Hey, all the people are sleeping, and thats no fun, I might as well sleep too".
I guess so. The pastor who married DH and me said that marriage isn't 50/50; it's 90/10, 80/20, etc., and ... put up with plenty of things I really don't want to that are his idea. That's what marriage is about.

It is. Scott didn't want to have foster dogs. He came to despise my involvement in the rescue because I had no time for him or Amie and it seemed like I was always stressed out or extremely angry about something rescue related. He hated tripping over dogs and had a very difficult time bonding with any of the fosters. However, he let me keep doing it as long as I took full responsibility for the dogs and didn't allow them to become a bigger nuisance to him.
He loves animals and all the dogs loved him but he wasn't keen on having lots of dogs in the house because its just not that big, they're easy to trip over, Fancy liked to have snit fits and the dogs would bolt at every escape opportunity. So I did everything that needed doing with the dogs, made sure I intervened if any of them appeared to be bothering him (even though they were just wanting some attention) and didn't vent about rescue at home out of respect for him and the fact that he could put his foot down and demand change. I certainly stomp my foot to get my way when he does things I don't like so I have to be mindful that he has the same right Emotion: smile

Anyway, I'm one of those people who can put up with alot of inconvenience for those I love but there are certain things that I won't put up with, deal-breakers if you will. I can't begrudge others being the same way.

Tara
I said in another post that I may move him to my son's room for the duration.

That's a good solution as long as your son is willing and capable of taking him outside when the pup fusses at 2am.

um, I meant moving DH into my son's room lol. I can't imagine my 7 year old taking Lexi out to pee at 2am!
Bizby
He's a good man, really. And the fact that I ... going off at 3am isn' t going to disturb him?!

Not if he's in my son's room. But he's been okay with the "Lexi alarm" going off in the middle of the night anyway it's the whining after I put him back in his crate that is the problem. Bizby

Do you use a fan in the bedroom to provide white noise? My DH will sleep through anything, but he's got to have his fan going. I don't think he's ever woken up once in our almost 16 years of parenthood. :-/ It might be hard to adjust to a fan if you've always slept in silence, but it's become such a habit with us that all three kids have fans and we even take one when we travel.
He shouldn't have to move from his bed, in his ... is willing to live with if you do the raising.

Of course not - those that suggested such a thing were joking.

Okay, it wasn't clear to me that the comments were in jest. Some seemed very earnest.
I just can't comprehend the sleeping issue. When I'm tired, I sleep - I used to be a selective sleeper, but that was dog years ago.

I wish it were as easy as sleeping when I'm tired.

Tara
I just can't comprehend the sleeping issue. When I'm tired, I sleep - I used to be a selective sleeper, but that was dog years ago.

Take it from someone who has become a light sleeper - it ain't fun. Once upon a time, I used to sleep soundly while a dozen helicopters flew in formation over the house. Now, I wake up if the dogs shift position, get a drink, scratch themselves, etc. One of the reasons I have trouble when a friend's GSD with a ton of allergies stays with us. His itching and scratching keeps me up.
In recent memory, the best sleep I've had was on Wednesday night, after returning from a vacation where I averaged 3 or 4 hours of sleep over 5 days.
Suja
Take it from someone who has become a light sleeper - it ain't fun.

I've always been a light sleeper, and that hasn't changed since I got Rocky - I've learned to get back to sleep, though. It used to be that when I was woken, I might as well get up, even after only a couple of hours of sleep.
Once upon a time, I used to sleep soundly while a dozen helicopters flew in formation over the house. Now, I wake up if the dogs shift position, get a drink, scratch themselves, etc.

I wake up for all of these things, too, but I go back to sleep.
One of the reasons I have trouble when a friend's GSD with a ton of allergies stays with us. His itching and scratching keeps me up.

I'll gainsay this, too. It's something that one can eventually get used to, even if it takes earplugs to begin with.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I wake up for all of these things, too, but I go back to sleep.

Well, it takes me a good 20 minutes to go back to sleep once something wakes me up, so, sometimes, although I do get a good amount of sleep, it is interrupted enough that I wake up feeling as if I haven't slept a wink.

I've had trouble falling asleep for a long time now. The only exception was when I used to work 70 hour weeks with 30 of those coming on the weekends. No sleep trouble at all over the weekend. Fell asleep in the tub and woke up with my nose in the water once, and since then would only take showers.
Suja
Take it from someone who has become a light sleeper - it ain't fun. Once upon a time, I used ... trouble when a friend's GSD with a ton of allergies stays with us. His itching and scratching keeps me up.

This is why no dogs sleep in my bed with me. I am not a light sleeper when it comes to noise, but I can't sleep through all the pushing, poking and covers stealing. The dogs are welcome to sleep in my room right next to my bed, though, and don't seem to mind that. They seem to feel like they are in the same den and all and I certainly can be awakened if they need to be let out for an emergency outing.

When my daughters were babies, I would sleep a lot in the other room with them rather than have the bassinet in the master bedroom. At first we had it in the master bedroom, but two exhausted parents just made everything worse. Then we got smart and I slept in the other room with the bassinet and got up during the night and my husband took over the early morning shift while I slept in the baby-free room.

Whatever way you can do it, I agree that it is well worth a month or two of arranging the supervision and bonding with a puppy for the payoff of better housetraining and better relationship for years afterward. A couple nights of wetting in crate won't necessarily make a dog be blase about soiling the den, but I'd want to ensure that turned around sooner instead of later.
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