So my puppy was waking me up every morning around 4am (I kept her in my gated master bathroom). If I ignored her, she peed. I just assumed that she woke up because she needed to pee, but she slept with some guests I had over one night who let her sleep in their bed, and she made it through the night. Hmm..
So last night I let her sleep in my bed. I was miserable. She constantly snuggled up next to me, and when I scooted over, she scooted over too. I kept pushing her away, but she would eventually scoot over again. Cute...yes, but I like to roll from side to side, and I couldn't do that. Plus, every hour or so she got up, did a 360, and went back to bed.

The point of this story is, she didn't pee. In fact, I had trouble waking her up, which I never experienced before. So I concluded that she peed because she wakes up as opposed to waking up because she has to pee. And she wakes up because she doesn't like sleeping alone.

But I don't want to sleep with my dog! But I don't want to keep walking her at 4am either. I thought about getting another dog so she has someone to snuggle with, but that's a bit extreme. What should I do?
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But I don't want to sleep with my dog! But I don't want to keep walking her at 4am either. I thought about getting another dog so she has someone to snuggle with, but that's a bit extreme. What should I do?

Try pushing the pup's crate into your* bedroom, right next to *your bed.
So that she can SEE and SMELL you.
That's almost as good as getting to sleep in your bed, right?

She'll soon be able to make it through the night anyway, and you shouldn't have to keep getting up at 3-4 o'clock for much longer, if at all.
Good luck with your pup!

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How far away from your bed is the ensuite? Perhaps she wants to be closer, and keeping her in a crate next to the bed, where she can smell you and hear you breath, and you could put your hand in to pat her if she wakes, might be the answer. Our pup would wake and cry, more often than when she had to go wee wees, so we shifted the crate to beside the bed where she could hear us breath and where we could comfort her without getting out of the bed and she slept half way through, and when she was old enough we just left her sleep and she would last 8 hours.
Anyway, I think crating right next to the bed is best. Sleeping in the same bed as you may create dominance issues later on. Also, if you don't desex her she may bleed in your bed. Very foul. Also, my mother was a child and took her puppy to bed with her. She slept deeply and rolled on it. It died of suffocation. Very sad, but dogs, especially puppies, are best kept out of your bed, but in your bedroom on the floor.
0) GOODLUCK! It will all be worth it when she is trained. Jade.
How far away from your bed is the ensuite? Perhaps she wants to be closer, and keeping her in a crate next to the bed, where she can smell you and hear you breath, and you could put your hand in to pat her if she wakes, might be the answer. Our pup would wake and cry, more often than when she had to go wee wees, so we shifted the crate to beside the bed where she could hear us breath and where we could comfort her without getting out of the bed and she slept half way through, and when she was old enough we just left her sleep and she would last 8 hours.
Anyway, I think crating right next to the bed is best. Sleeping in the same bed as you may create dominance issues later on. Also, if you don't desex her she may bleed in your bed. Very foul. Also, my mother was a child and took her puppy to bed with her. She slept deeply and rolled on it. It died of suffocation. Very sad, but dogs, especially puppies, are best kept out of your bed, but in your bedroom on the floor.
0) GOODLUCK! It will all be worth it when she is trained. Jade.
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But I don't want to sleep with my dog! But ... with, but that's a bit extreme. What should I do?

Try pushing the pup's crate into your* bedroom, right next to *your bed. So that she can SEE and SMELL ... with your pup! Handsome Jack Morrison *gently remove the detonator to reply via e-mail The Blindness of the Left:

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But I don't want to sleep with my dog! But I don't want to keep walking her at 4am either. I thought about getting another dog so she has someone to snuggle with, but that's a bit extreme. What should I do?

Try a compromise. Use a crate, and put it on an end table right beside the bed.
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Sleeping in the same bed as you may create dominance issues later on.

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I got Danny 11 months ago and age wise he's now going on 17 months, so he was a puppy all winter.. brr.. He's always slept in bed with me and he likes to snuggle behind my legs, or his back to my back. It took until spring until he'd sleep all the way through the night. I usually had to take him outside twice a night, and he wound't go out with out me for safety.
Some nights, he'd wake me up by nuzzling my face with his cold nose, or licking me, but usually I'd wake up as he moved around the bed, and I'd find him sitting there staring at me.
Now, he makes it easily through the night, it's only me getting up for a nighttime bathroom break ;*)
So, just know that a year from now, he'll be a different dog. Enjoy his puppy months, they end way too soon.
Terry
But I don't want to sleep with my dog!

I know what you mean. Dog Rocky is a "give him an inch, he'll take a mile" dog. Once he's on the bed, I've lost occupancy rights. Luckily, he prefers a colder surface.
But I don't want to keep walking her at 4am either. I thought about getting another dog so she has someone to snuggle with, but that's a bit extreme. What should I do?

You want my dog Friday. What a ho. He's really really cuddly with anyone who's met him once, quad or biped, but takes up little room.
Seriously, if you don't want your dog on your bed, provide her with a good alternative. Since she's a puppy, a crate next to you would be nice.
So: the 4 am walking will continue. No amount of training or additional dogs will change it. Take her out at 4 am, every time. Put on a coat and slippers or run out naked in emergencies - your pup doesn't care (though your neighbours might).
But don't make housetraining a big deal, just start with a peeing schedule which works for you. You'll click. I think that it's cool that you recognised her need for extra attention.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
The point of this story is, she didn't pee. In fact, I had trouble waking her up, which I never ... as opposed to waking up because she has to pee. And she wakes up because she doesn't like sleeping alone.

I have no idea if this is true in your case, but one of my dogs prefers sleeping with us (2 humans + 1 Great Dane in a Queen size bed = Circus Act), and this has become an issue since the weather has turned cold. I keep the house cold at night, because Khan is up puffing and panting if the temperature gets in the upper 60s, and I guess it is too cold for her. So, Pan gets up in the middle of the night, and once she's up, she will go pee if I let her out, but is quite happy to hop in bed with us and snore in our ears instead. And, she is happy to sleep in as long she is on the bed, and one of us is there to keep her company.

It's time to break out the doggie blanket and tuck her in before we turn in. Maybe your pup is getting up not only because she's lonely, but also because she's cold.
Suja
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