why does my dog wake me up at night
Put your dog in a crate at night. Some dogs may find it hard to sleep without waking up their owner. This is especially true of high energy dogs that are not crated at night. A solution to this is keeping your dog in a create at night. By putting your dog in a crate, youБll send your dog the signal that night time is sleep time, and youБll also remove their ability to run around or disturb your sleep. Housing your dog in a crate at night will prevent them from jumping on you and licking you awake in the morning. Make sure that the crate is big enough for your dog. Dogs 0-15 pounds should have small crates, dogs 16 to 35 pounds should have medium rates, dogs 36 to 65 pounds should have large crates, and dogs over 65 pounds should have extra-large crates.
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Or in the waiting room of your vetБs office? This article appeared in our October-Novemberб issue. and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home. We all need sleep, dogs included. But sometimes your dog wakes up in the middle of the night, then comes to you and БsharesБ her awake state. Who wants to play fetch or the I-have-to-go-inside/outside game at 2 a. m.? Most people naturally find a wide-awake dog in the early morning hours very frustrating. So what can you do? 1. Rule out any possible medical factors Any time a new behavior appears that seems out of the ordinary, take your dog to the veterinarian first. If the unwanted behavior is caused by a medical issue Б like a urinary tract infection or nighttime dementia Б that needs to be addressed. 2. Look at your dogБs routine during normal waking hours Is her mind truly getting a workout every day?
Tire your dogБs mind with things like fun nose work or mind puzzles, and everyone might then peacefully sleep through the night. Of course, physical exercise is crucial as well. Dogs need both mental and physical stimulation every day. 3. Once your dog is awake, give her something to do Б besides panting right by your trying-to-sleep face Be prepared! I love having things like a frozen Kong stuffed with really tasty food on the ready. I ask the dog for behaviors I want before giving the Kong. For example, ask for six sits in a row, and on the sixth sit, make a big deal of it and walk over to your dogБs bed, and deliver the Kong. I prefer frozen because it takes the dog longer to eat. In other words, you donБt want to reinforce your dog for waking you up by immediately delivering a yummy thing to chew on.
Ask for some obedience work, and thatБs what youБll be reinforcing. 4. Rethink where your dog sleeps Do you shut your dog out of the bedroom, only to be woken up by her scratching at the door, barking, or whining? She could have separation anxiety, and something as simple as letting her sleep on her own bed in your bedroom (or on the bed, should you want her there) could be the solution. Dogs are our companions and want to be where we are. On the other hand, you could have a dog like my Border Collie who decides sheБs done sleep ing on the bed at 3 a. m. and wakes me up asking to be let out to go sleep elsewhere. My solution was to leave the bedroom door open, so she can let herself out when she chooses to. 5. DonБt believe the myth that your dog does certain behaviors in a canine attempt to dominate you This is untrue and has been scientifically squashed for many years.
Instead, give the situation some real thought, and see if you can figure out what it is your dog tries to communicate. If sheБs hungry at 3 a. m. , maybe her evening feeding time needs to be adjusted. Maybe she really does need to pee, and sheБs doing you a favor by nudging you up to let her out. Or maybe she heard a strange noise in the front yard. There are many possibilities for a 3 a. m. dog slurp on your sleeping face. Do your best to understand what your dog is trying to communicate, even when youБre groggy and half asleep. The quicker you figure out her needs and can solve the problem, the faster you both can get back to getting a full nightБs sleep.
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