Puppy suddenly waking early

Discussion in 'Labrador Puppies' started by Liam Corcoran, May 17, 2021.

  1. Liam Corcoran

    Liam Corcoran Registered Users

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    Hi all, we have a lovely 5 month old puppy but he seems to be waking earlier and earlier. We’ve never had any problems with his sleep overnight - he tended to go through from 10.30/11-7.30 like clockwork, which was great. Suddenly though he’s started waking at 6 or earlier. He’s been great in the evenings, settling with us in the living room then loves his crate in the kitchen - going in there with no issue when it’s bedtime. Does anyone have any ideas? We would leave him but he barks on and off and we’re in a terraced house...
     
  2. lucy@labforumHQ

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    Hi Liam, Welcome to the forum!

    This is a common problem, and a generally good solution is the opposite of what you might think...or hope! It's to preempt him for a few days and get up earlier, to get him out of the cycle of waking you :)

    You can find details on a method for doing that here: https://dogsnet.com/my-dog-wakes-up-too-early/

    Hope it helps!

    Let us know how you get along :)
     
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  3. AlphaDog

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    Can't advise on your present issue but when they get older you can tell them to go back to sleep.
     
  4. Liam Corcoran

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    Thanks for the reply Lucy. Much appreciated.

    It's something we will certainly look into. You are right, we didn't even think but were giving him his breakfast around 15/20 minutes after he had woken rather than making him wait until our time! Good advice and we will have a go!
     
  5. Robert1991

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    Its not a big issue. You can change his schedule by delaying his breakfast by 10 to 20 minutes daily in order to come back to the earlier schedule.
     
  6. Joy

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    It might be because it is getting light much earlier now. If you can find a way to block out the light (hang a blanket at the window for instance) this might do the trick.
     

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