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Do your pets allow you to sleep in?

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  • Do your pets allow you to sleep in?

    I have three dogs. 10 month old GSD, 6yo terrier, 15yo bichon. GSD and terrier begin to double team me for brekkie at about 5AM every day. Some days I have luck getting up to feed them and going back to bed.

    Anyone have any thoughts to sleep longer with demanding dogs?

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    Quit feeding them every day at 5AM. Pull the covers over your head and wait. As soon as they give up, get up and feed. The first few times may take awhile, since you have been rewarding the behavior.

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    • #3
      Well, do you need to get up that early on some days? Or never, and they wake you up anyway.

      I am up by 5am most days; it would be unrealistic to expect my dogs not to wake up at that time on Saturday and Sunday. They can't tell time.

      Otherwise, consider what time they go to bed, last bathroom trip, and when they last ate. If the timing suggest that they should not NEED to pee/eat, I would try to ignore them until you re-train their behavior.

      (But no, my dogs have never allowed me to go back to sleep).

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      • #4
        My remaining dog is a "morning person". I tried feeding her a nighttime snack - no help. She has a doggie door, so it is not that she needs to go out. She just wakes up and thinks that I should be too. Now she has gotten me trained so that sleeping until 6 am is "sleeping in"! (And I am retired and not living on a farm!)For the longest time I refused to get up and either ignored her or yelled at her. So I stayed in bed longer but it wasnt restful and didnt translate into her not trying. Often now I will wake to feel her eyes on me and hear her breathing more loudly than she needs to. If she doesnt bark and it isnt too early, I will get up to reward her not barking. If she does start to turn up the volume, she now knows that she is in trouble in the bedroom. So she will go outside and bark - and I have to quiet her for the neighbors sake!

        I am looking forward to "Spring ahead"!

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        • #5
          My dog and cat both want me to get up at the same time every day so around 5 they begin the gentle notice that even though its the weekend I should get out of bed. I DO NOT feed them before 6:00 am so they never think they will get fed if they get me up. I also try not to feed on a super tight schedule so they don't have too much of that internal clock alarm. They still think I should be up at 5. Its super disappointing...

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          • #6
            My 3 yr. old GSD wants to go out to urinate first thing at 5am. She's not a pest but when I first get up at 5 she's at the door to go out.
            I think your dogs want to go out to relieve themselves. The 10 mo. old is still just a puppy, maturity wise.
            "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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            • #7
              The cats will start to complain around 5:30 but they are easy to ignore. The dog, on the other hand, must be convinced that, yes he really does have to get out of bed every day lol!
              I'm an early riser though and pretty much the latest I ever sleep in is 6:30. I'm a weirdo and hate laying in bed, wasting daylight
              Wouldst thou like the taste of butter ? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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              • #8
                My adult dogs get up when I get up. They don't cause a ruckus in the morning because they are used to my schedule and have a routine - and aren't naturally high energy breeds. My puppy won't wake me up in the morning per se, but he'll sure let me know in the middle of the night (very politely with a little whimper) that it is time to take him potty. That is just being a puppy and totally fine. In the morning he waits for me to get up... he doesn't get to get all riled up and decide that he is my alarm vs the alarm clock.

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                • #9
                  When they were young my cats tried to get me up to feed them. I ignored them. It's a pain for a few days, but you've got to bury yourself under the covers and not engage. They'll eventually learn it won't work and stop trying.

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                  • #10
                    My 2 yr old GSD and 10 month kitten both let us be until we get up. The dog will gently let us know if it's an emergency and she has to go out NOW. It's important that I can sleep without being disturbed so I made sure to train the pup that she doesn't decide when it's time to start the day.

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                    • #11
                      My cats will let me sleep an hour or two later on the weekends but once they decide its breakfast time its no holds barred on the annoying things they do, lol!

                      The smaller cat will get up on the dresser across the room from the bed and start shoving stuff off it. The big cat sits on the bed and stares at me then starts tapping my face with his paw. I shoo them out of the room then lay back down long enough so they don't think their shenanigans worked.

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                      • #12
                        Our dog doesn't get out of bed until she knows for sure that someone is actually getting up. I'm someone who goes pee at least once, if not three times during the night.
                        During the week I get up at 5am and we go for a 30 minute walk or run, she gets breakfast and then she usually gets back in bed with SO while I shower.
                        On the weekends she's happy to sleep in a little bit longer.

                        However, the chickens don't let me sleep in. They wake up with the sun, during the winter they have a light on a timer that they get up with. During the summer I either have to lock them up tight so they don't wake up the neighbours, or I get up with the sun to let them out to free range. Happy chickens are quiet chickens, which is important when you have illegal poultry...Luckily my neighbours like watching them, they used to have some but decided they were too much work.

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                        • #13
                          No....next question...

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                          • #14
                            My dogs know the days of the week. They know weekends and they know dog training days. Not only does the collie let me sleep in, I swear she looks at me when the alarm goes off and says, "hit the snooze, mom. It's too early to get up!"

                            Seriously, you get the behavior you reward. Your pets have you better trained than you do them!

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                            • #15
                              Only in my dreams!

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                              • #16
                                I’m lucky- my 3 all sleep in until whenever we get up. The oldest will get up with my husband (he wakes earlier than me during the week) to have a quick pee then comes right back to bed with me and the other two. No barking, squeaking, nothing 😊

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                                • #17
                                  Rotten Ralph is exactly like Simon's Cat except he doesn't have a baseball bat at his disposal, he often sits on my chest or shoulder and whacks my face until I wake up to his big green eyes right in my face. Ella will lick my face until I wake up and The Evil Teen Kittens With Mittens will play tag on and under my bed like it's a bloody traffic circle. Need or want of food is not a reason as they all graze freely so it must be my sparkling personality and they want my company.

                                  Ralph also has my nightly bathroom trips memorized and timed and if I don't get up at 2am and 5am he wakes me up and expects me to turn the tap on for him to get a drink.
                                  Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                                  • #18
                                    Yes, the dogs even let me wake up a little before they go pee.

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                                    • #19
                                      I think breed and age make a big difference. My dogs are not couch potatoes and wake up every morning ready to hunt - which is only reinforced by the occasional encounter with rabbits upon being let out in the morning. Sometimes they catch/kill them, and then they wake up in a bloodlust the next morning. My younger dog will literally shake with anticipation until I get up sometimes.

                                      It sounds like it is a trained behavior but it's not really. It would be very hard to untrain, at any rate.

                                      That said, my old lady (almost 14) sleeps like the dead and will happily go back to sleep after her morning pee if I wanted to. The boys are still too young for that (5 and 10).

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                                      • #20
                                        The highlight of my cat’s life is mealtime, so she will ask for breakfast (sometime between 3am and whenever I eventually get up and feed her) by obnoxiously snuggling with me. I have never rewarded that behavior, after 5 1/2 but she still tries, bless her chubby heart. So I got an automatic feeder and that took care of the problem. She knows it feeds her at 4:30am (and yes, she does leap out of bed when she hears it) and then she’ll go back to bed and wait politely until I get up so she can have her spoonful of wet food.

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