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    So Poppy has started a new little night time routine! It involves coming to bed with in our ensuite (as usual), sleeping in her bed (as usual) and then waking up anywhere between 2am and 5am and deciding that after toilet time it is awake time!

    She has discovered how to push the suitcase we put across the ensuite doorway out so she can escape. In the wee hours of the morning, being half asleep and not thinking, we have put Poppy out with her bed, toys and the TV on for company in the tiled area. Most mornings when we do manage to pull ourselves out of bed we find her sleeping in her bed out there! Ususally infront of her door or just down the passage from our room!

    So...how do we break this new little routine? Should we change where she sleeps? How can I secure her in one area. Should I use the playpen as the place she sleeps?

    TIA

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    Do you have a laundry? If so...the laundry is the go!

    Put her there for the night...with newspaper...close the door when you want to put her to bed and DO NOT go back again until in the morning. It doesn't matter how much or how high she screams...do not go back!

    Make sure she is safe...has her bed and a small amount of water and newspaper

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    Our laundry is in the DLUG so not really an option...the only other place is the main bathroom but it is at the other end of the house to us.

    I *think* I could handle just leaving her to cry it out as long as I couldnt hear her...too much! We are both too soft and know that us letting her out into the tiled area in the middle of the night has set a standard for her!

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    They say that dogs sleep 16 hours a day, but it is broken up into short burts.

    Can Poppy go outside? So she can burn off energy after her sleep.

    Sometimes I can hear our dogs out in the night run banging and clanging and squeaking toys in the early hours of the morning. They've had several hours solid sleep and now it's time to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Our laundry is in the DLUG so not really an option...the only other place is the main bathroom but it is at the other end of the house to us.

    I *think* I could handle just leaving her to cry it out as long as I couldnt hear her...too much! We are both too soft and know that us letting her out into the tiled area in the middle of the night has set a standard for her!
    Why does she have to be right next to you? Having her separated from the humans at night might teach her a bit of independence

    It is NEVER too late to change behaviours! Tonight...put her bed in main bedroom...make sure there is nothing she can eat and close lid to toilet so she doesn't drown. Put her bed there...put her on bed...say goodnioght and leave. DO NOT go back until the morning...don't make a big fuss...just open door and take her straight outside and tell her to "go toilet"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    They say that dogs sleep 16 hours a day, but it is broken up into short burts.

    Can Poppy go outside? So she can burn off energy after her sleep.

    Sometimes I can hear our dogs out in the night run banging and clanging and squeaking toys in the early hours of the morning. They've had several hours solid sleep and now it's time to play.
    I would prefer that she isnt outside alone in the middle of the night. We never leave her unsupervised outside during the day (well we do but I watch her from the kitchen window) and we have a bit of a cane toad situation at night which scares me.

    I am happy to put her out in the tiled area in the middle of the night but feel that she should be learning to sleep at night NOT play!

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    You HAVE GOT to ignore the screaming! Don't give into it, because next time it will be worse...and louder and for longer...trust me.

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    She is a dog - not a baby. Please try and consider that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Why does she have to be right next to you? Having her separated from the humans at night might teach her a bit of independence

    It is NEVER too late to change behaviours! Tonight...put her bed in main bedroom...make sure there is nothing she can eat and close lid to toilet so she doesn't drown. Put her bed there...put her on bed...say goodnioght and leave. DO NOT go back until the morning...don't make a big fuss...just open door and take her straight outside and tell her to "go toilet"
    Its sooooo mean though! Lol! We want her close to us I guess so she feels safe and secure. She is the type of breed that craves companionship.

    I appreciate your advice and know what you are trying to say but I will be honest and say I don't know if I can bring myself to do that. I guess I worry she will lose trust in us or not love us anymore if we start being all hard ball with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    She is a dog - not a baby. Please try and consider that.
    But she is a baby dog!

    But in all seriousness what do you mean by that? That we shouldn't have these feelings of wanting her to be safe and feel secure and be close to us at night?

    Neither my fiance or I would feel okay with locking her away on the other side of the house and letting her cry it out...I'm just being honest!

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