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Our older female dog has taken to waking me up at 3 a.m. wanting to first eat, then go outside to maybe, just maybe actually relieve herself. It's 5:55 a.m. EST now and yes; I couldn't get back to sleep. Wife is ok with the dog setting her own hours, but this has to cease. If anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears and will probably still be awake until about noon or so...when I should be doing something constructive.


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Our dog is an early riser as well, but not that early. The only thing we do is give her the last feeding at around 8 p.m. and let her out for the last time as late as possible.


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Unfortunately, I personally trained my collie boy to be that way. While I was still working, I would get up at 4:15 every morning, to start coffee, grab a shower and... feed the dogs.
Layla couldn't care less about eating at such a ridiculous time, so I wouldn't put her's down right away.
Milo, on the other hand, felt he couldn't survive another minute without his breakfast and to go outside, walk around, take a leak, and plop down in the yard to watch the rest of the world wake up.
Well, when I retired, his internal alarm clock didn't, and so while he was still with us, we got up, though I managed to stretch that to 4:30-4:45 or so.
I absolutely know without a doubt the aggravation you are going through, but boy, I'd give anything to hear his impatient, but soft yelp again, I really would...
 
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Our older female dog has taken to waking me up at 3 a.m. ..... Wife is ok with the dog setting her own hours....

Couple of weeks of "Wife! Attend the Dog!", then rolling over and playing dead might work. Then the dog gets to set everyone's hours. At least, then, you'd both be on the same side of the issue. Wink

More seriously, it looks like the dog is used to getting fed at 3 and likes it. Maybe a policy of no feeding in the wee hours would be sufficient negative conditioning. Might still have to get up in the wee hours to let her out, but then no feeding before/after to reward the behavior.
 
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Back when my wife and I were working, she was a K9 officer working a 6pm-2am shift. Sure enough, about 2:15 I'd be getting a slurp in the face from the GSD. I adapted by convincing my employer to let me work 4am-2pm. The 10 hour work day was a nice trade-off for not having to deal with rush hour traffic on Rockville Pike.



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Ours was doing the 1 or 2am “gotta go outside” deal for a time until we got her to use those piddle pads that are used for training pups. Now she’ll just go on one of those and come back to bed whenever necessary. It probably helped that we’ve had so much rain this spring that she also got tired of getting soaked going outside more nights than not!
 
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Thanks for the replies to my rant. I've caught up on sleep now and will begin the re-training tomorrow morning.
At one time I arose to get to work at 3 a.m. and did doggy duty while the wife hogged the bathroom, no problem. But been retired for a few years and can recently sleep until 6 before I awake on my own. She (dog, not wife) doesn't understand retirement I guess.


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Its 3:20 & my Beagle has been fed, we played keep away, & now he is at my feet asleep. I am awake & will nap at about 5am & take him for a walk at 6am. Its hard to break the habits for me & for him.


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Yep, I feel your pain. Happens all of the time.
Somehow she knows when the deer are outside.
This ensues (but occasionally at 2:30am)-

 
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Yep, I feel your pain. Happens all of the time.
Somehow she knows when the deer are outside.
This ensues (but occasionally at 2:30am)-


Great picture. And apparently a well trained dog. Congratulations; our dog would be in hot pursuit!


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Mine is bad at this as well. He was born in May and was raised in an outdoor kennel. So the pups slept all day during the heat and played all night. A year later and he still wants to do this. I get very little sleep as it is let alone letting him go outside and play a couple times a night. I let him out for an hour before we go to bed. I get up 6 hours later, he can go that long without peeing. I've been just letting him carry on in the middle of the night and ignoring it. After a couple weeks he's getting better.
 
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Mine is Feline related. Animal get quite bored around 0600 and relieves it by walking around on my face.


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Mine is Feline related. Animal get quite bored around 0600 and relieves it by walking around on my face.
I have trained the cat to "go talk to the woman."



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Yep, I feel your pain. Happens all of the time.
Somehow she knows when the deer are outside.
This ensues (but occasionally at 2:30am)-


Great picture. And apparently a well trained dog. Congratulations; our dog would be in hot pursuit!



With deer she is great. She will just sit and watch them for 30 minutes or more. Rabbits, on the other hand...

One of our friends back in Western NY had another herder breed (ours is an Aussie and his was a Border Collie) that gave him a surprise one day when he came home.

They had some acreage and the perimeter was wired with invisible fence. They could leave the dog out when they went out for short times.

So one day (according to reviewing their security cameras) their herder found three deer up by their back yard so he rounded them up and herded them up onto the deck (which had railings and one opening). When they got home the dog was sitting there proudly with those deer penned on their porch.
 
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I want to thank everyone for the suggestions. I started "training" the next morning. Last night I got a full night's rest! Thanks again!


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Yep, I feel your pain. Happens all of the time.
Somehow she knows when the deer are outside.
This ensues (but occasionally at 2:30am)-


Great picture. And apparently a well trained dog. Congratulations; our dog would be in hot pursuit!



With deer she is great. She will just sit and watch them for 30 minutes or more. Rabbits, on the other hand...

One of our friends back in Western NY had another herder breed (ours is an Aussie and his was a Border Collie) that gave him a surprise one day when he came home.

They had some acreage and the perimeter was wired with invisible fence. They could leave the dog out when they went out for short times.

So one day (according to reviewing their security cameras) their herder found three deer up by their back yard so he rounded them up and herded them up onto the deck (which had railings and one opening). When they got home the dog was sitting there proudly with those deer penned on their porch.

LOL. that's a great story
 
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Talk to your veterinarian about Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome Sounds like it may be an possibility.


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