Hi, I'm after some help please. I have a 4.5 months old black lab (Gary) and over the last month he has started walking earlier and earlier (think the early sunrise is not helping us). Aside from a week or so he has always cried to wake us. He is downstairs in the kitchen in his crate, goes to bed no problem around 10pm and we do X1 toilet break in the night anytime between 3 and 4am, again goes back in no problem. In the mornings we always ensure we wait for a period of silence or break in the cry before opening the bedroom door upstairs, as soon as we do that he knows we're up and will wait around 10mins for us to come downstairs before getting impatient and crying. We dont open the door when he's mid cry, just in case but that hasn't seemed to make any difference. When we go down we open the door calmly and then let him outside, he's never desperate to go to the toilet though. This waking started at around 6.20am and has over the last month moved to 4.45 at it's earliest. We tried leaving him to cry, he would go silent for 10 mins and then start up again and would persist and could carry on for 40 mins (we haven't pushed it past this!) Which we just can't do as our elderly neighbour will start to lose patience with us! My question is around the tactic to deploy to resolve this. Having read a few links on the forum and having looked on the Labrador site I've noticed slightly different advice and I wanted to know what you would recommend. We are planning to set the alarm to go off before he wakes 5am, go down and give him a treat in his crate to reward the silence and then keeping moving the alarm forward 5mins every day until 6am. But do we then let him out (calmly) and that's it, hes up and we just do boring things until it's time to properly start the day, or do we put him back in the crate after going outside sit and sit with him until he falls asleep? Do we also increase the length of time before letting him out the crate each day or is this pushing it? I know there are lots of questions on this but would love some advice on which route is best. Thank you!!