These past couple of years I have been having the hardest time getting up in the morning. I sleep right through the alarm like it was nothing. I was joking with some friends yesterday that I should teach Luther, my shepherd mix, to wake me up in the morning. Preferably only when the alarm goes off.
Does anyone have any ideas on how this might be accomplished? He's a pretty well behaved dog but not expertly trained by any means.

If I could do it I think it would be hilarious.
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These past couple of years I have been having the hardest time getting up in the morning. I sleep right ... behaved dog but not expertly trained by any means. If I could do it I think it would be hilarious.

I dunno, but resetting Luther when Daylight Savings Time goes in and out twice a year is going to present a problem :-)
Seriously, my alarm goes off at 0545, but Storm's chin is on the bed at
0543. Her tail-wagging shakes the bed a little and that wakes me up. Itonly takes her a few days to adjust in the spring and the fall.

I don't know how she does it.
Kate
... I was joking with some friends yesterday that I should teach Luther, my shepherd mix, to wake me up ... ideas on how this might be accomplished? He's a pretty well behaved dog but not expertly trained by any means.

Teach him to paw at you, or pounce on you, or lick your face, or bark, or whatever it is that you want him to do to wake you. This should be something he's inclined to do already, that you can reward and encourage.

Then make the sound of your alarm the "cue" to start waking you up.

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These past couple of years I have been having the hardest time getting up in the morning. I sleep right ... behaved dog but not expertly trained by any means. If I could do it I think it would be hilarious.

A few years ago we got a Zen alarm clock, one that starts off with a soft chime and builds up to several louder chimes over a period of 15 minutes. Very nice - except it turned Oppie into a Zen dog. He leaps up at the first chime, plonks his head on the bed and whaps the nightstand with his tail (his version of Zen).
I expect you could teach Luther using a clicker and successive approximations. Use the alarm as a signal and reward him for approaching the bed, then scratching the side of the bed or licking your face or barking at you - however you want to be wakened. You need to make sure you ONLY reward him for the behavior after the alarm has gone off!

FurPaw
I must admit I never use an alarm clock ever.
My GSD wakes me up the same time each morning.
All my GSDs seemed to have been the same without being taught. Mind my Labradors would lay there all day.
Good luck.
Pat
These past couple of years I have been having the hardest time getting up in the morning. I sleep right ... behaved dog but not expertly trained by any means. If I could do it I think it would be hilarious.

Get some bits of his favorite treats. Set the alarm for, oh, 20 minutes in the future.
Get in bed.
When the alarm goes off, call your dog onto the bed, enthusiastically. Presumably that'll make him leap right on you and lick you in the face. Tell him he's a good dog, and give him a treat.
His the snooze button and do it a couple more times.

Won't take long before he's jumping on you when the alarm goes off, looking for his goodie.
flick 100785
flick's method is one way signal dogs are taught to waken deaf owners...

A friend bred a dog that was trained for signal work by CCI, then she flunked the final exam i n some way, so came home to her breeder. For the rest of her life, she pestered the man of the household (who had perfectly normal hearing) every morning when the alarm went off... the lady of the household being one of the Disgusting folks who are up before the first rooster crows, with no need for an alarm clock, as she was already up. This saved Cathy much time in the AM, as her hubby practically had to be blasted out of bed.
The dog jumped on the bed and began poking at the guy's face and ears with her muzzle, licking, stomping over him... a real PEST... and didn't stop pestering until he was sitting on the side of the bed and petting her.. The stomping wasn't too bad... she was a 13 lb Border Terrier...
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
These past couple of years I have been having the hardest time getting up in the morning. I sleep right ... should teach Luther, my shepherd mix, to wake me up in the morning. Preferably only when the alarm goes off.

Almost always, a minute or two prior to my alarm going off in the a.m., I can sense two black noses staring at me (or at least one of them). Both of my dogs have this extra sense about when it's time for me to get up and, my Collie-mix especially, wake me with wiggling & kisses. Bodhi, the Belgian, will oftentimes wake lazily & put his front paws up on my side of the bed to stretch himself.
I don't think I've overslept my alarm in ages, and I usually wear earplugs to bed (my husband is a heavy snorer).
Does anyone have any ideas on how this might be accomplished? He's a pretty well behaved dog but not expertly trained by any means.

I'd think part of it might depend upon whether or not your dog has been allowed on the bed. If not, it might take a bit to teach him that it's okay to
disrupt you while you're there. But, if so, just set your alarm, get into bed
& when it goes off, call your dog & give him a lot of praise (and/or cookies).
Randomly do this a few (or several, depending upon your dog) times over a few days, and I'd think it would work.
I think my own dogs just learned it because they just wait for me to get up and start the day, so they're excited for me to get out of bed. When they'd rouse me, they were always greeted with hugs & pets.
If I could do it I think it would be hilarious.

Yep, it's cute. Provided they don't decide that, "Hey, this gets him out of
bed! Let's just do it a bit earlier!"
My husband is rarely woken up
by them when they do this for me. But, when it's time for him to get up about 45 minutes later, it's another story! He is very difficult to wake, and I tell
the Collie-mix, "Go Wake Up Dad!" and he'll (and usually both of them) run in, jump on the bed, and commence w/ the morning kisses. Shelly & The Boys
These past couple of years I have been having the ... I could do it I think it would be hilarious.

Get some bits of his favorite treats. Set the alarm for, oh, 20 minutes in the future. Get in bed. ... couple more times. Won't take long before he's jumping on you when the alarm goes off, looking for his goodie.

This sounds like it might work. Since I am totally out of it for about the first hour that the alarm is going off (I'll hit the snooze multiple times while dreaming that I am starting the car or something) I didn't know how I could reward him at the appropriate times. I never thought to just PRETEND I was asleep a few times.
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