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My puppy goes outside at 11:30 PM, 3 AM and 5:30 AM (at least this amt).
How can I get her to sleep "through the night" and leave out at least the 3 AM potty break?
She is in the laundry room that is gated off from the kitchen and house areas. Her cage (den) is in there but it seems like she cries more when she is in her cage than in the laundry room as a whole.
She is 13 old weeks now.
Advice?
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She's still too young to hold it all night. They can only hold it for about 1 hour for each month of age. Your pup is about 3 months so that's 3 hours. As she gets older, she'll be able to hold it longer. I would suggest moving her crate into your bedroom so that you'll know when she needs to go, you can hear her better, and she'll feel closer to her family. It may cut down on her crying to be able to hear you breathing.
 

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stlabs said:
I would suggest moving her crate into your bedroom so that you'll know when she needs to go, you can hear her better, and she'll feel closer to her family. It may cut down on her crying to be able to hear you breathing.
ditto that!
 

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When I first brought her home she was in the crate in our room at night :)
The she decided she did not want to sleep in our room. She would not sleep and kept crying. I put it close to my side of the bed and the side uncovered facing me so she could see me. I felt so rejected-LOL She wanted to sleep in her room with her container of food. ;D
Soundslike she is doing fine then. She goes about 3 hours between walkings at night.
It has been 2 weeks sinse she slept in our room. Maybe I will try it again tonight and see if she forgot she did not want to do it anymore.
 

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Sometimes it helps to put a thin blanket over the crate. If she fusses, just tell her to be quiet and she should settle down. She'll get the hang of it. Her fussiness 2 weeks ago could have been from being alone and separated from her mom and siblings.
 

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I have read that newspapers do the trick for dogs who need to do their thing late at night/early morning, as a place considered 2 be......the doggy litter area, when crying simply pick her up and put her on the newspaper, "do your duty(name)" well it worked 4 me, Jager was quite easy 2 potty train, I've only used this method with my late Cocker Spaniel Buddy, Jager pee'd in my garage once, I said "No Jager" I showed him his pee (referring to it as duty), picked him up brought him outside, placed him on the ground and said "Jager, do your duty here" and that was the last time he ever (went) in my hummble abode! Of course all dogs are different.
Another thing 2 keep in mind is everytime u answer your pup's yelp, he/she, will recongnize this as "Hmmm, if I bark, they will come 2 me, and I can get what I want ." so dont let her push u around, this will only lead 2 your dog thinking she can get away with anything while pissing off your neighbors lol!

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My puppy is 12 weeks old and he sleeps all night with no potty. His last feeding is around 6:30 and last water is around 8pm. Last potty at 11pm where he poops and pees. from 5-8 we play with him hard so he is extraaaaaaa tired.
 

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When is her last feeding at night?
I agree, many can't hold it thru the night. I actually do a potty pool (think litter box) w/ my puppies. They are potty trained to the pool (filled w/ wood pellets) at 5 wks. The pup I keep stays in that pen set up until close to 14-16 wks, so she has the potty area there just in case she needs it. And *I* get my much needed sleep... as by then, I need it! You ought to raise a whole litter of them sometime for the full 8+ weeks!!!!! If you're curious, go to www.windycanyonlabs.com and click on Nursery. Then, at the bottom of that page there are links to Fuji's litter diary-- go to the 2nd page (week 3 or 4??) and follow it thru the end. It may not work for you this time but maybe it'll help w/ the next pup. -Anne
 

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Don't despair in a couple of weeks she will be sleeping through the night. Just about the time when your sleep pattern is ruined. ;D
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"Hmmm, if I bark, they will come 2 me, and I can get what I want ."

Ditto that, I feel victim to my puppies cries, you have to be careful they're not just playing with your head. I also make it policy of no water/food after 7 then walk once before bed (and once after last meal). He pees once through the night on his towel but manages to handle 8 hours alone no whimpering. He's getting better about not peeing. I also make it a policy to wait till he pauses or stops for a few seconds so he understands that barking to get me is not acceptable.
 

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Just for what it's worth...

Misty was sleeping through the night by 12 weeks of age. I think that "1 hour per month of age" rule of thumb applies for when they are AWAKE. In my experience, that was pretty accurate for Misty during the day, but at night, she could go MUCH longer. I assume it is the same as it is with us -- many of us can go all night without pottying, because our bodies produce a hormone or chemical or something that allows us to "hold" it.

I agree with the "rewarding the whimpering" thing. It is really hard to know for sure when they REALLY need to go, and when they just woke up and want attention. You are so torn between fearing that your pup REALLY has to go, and yet wanting her to learn to sleep longer. I do understand. But, I think, at 13 weeks, based on my experience, your pup SHOULD be able to AT LEAST cut out the 3 AM potty break -- FOR SURE. You will, though, likely have to endure a few terrible nights, as your pup is USED to getting her way (i.e. having you get up with her). If I were in your shoes, I would take her to the vet, make sure she has no urinary tract infection or other issues which might hinder her ability to hold it, and then if not, I'd cut off the food by 5 or 6 PM, the water by 8 PM (give her an ice cube if you think she is just dying!), and then simply commit to ignoring the 3 AM whimpering. I would be confident that if you could do this for 1 week (probably less), the problem would be solved.

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my dog has had some diarhea issues, when she has been feeling well she has made it through the night. I don't let her sleep in our room as we don't let her upstairs where our room is. When she whines, I lay by the kennel for about 5 minutes and pretends to sleep, Malley seems to get that this means its bedtime, and when I head upstairs she gets it. I never heed her barks when I know she doesn't have to go, and I think that's been important. However, when she has diarhea I think of how I'd feel when i'm sick and get up, take her outside and then right back in the kennel. One of the best pieces of advice I got was never play with your puppy after pottying at night, they need to know that the only reason to get out at night is to potty and then its back to bed. Hopefully things improve, but it could be worse, you could be cleaning diarhea out of a kennel at 4 am when you are too slow to ge there in time!
 

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rahauge --

good points about the diahhrea. I had a couple nights in a row, where this was an issue. Misty had diahhrea (I didn't know), and it coincided with the time I was trying to get her to sleep longer at night. I ignored her, and found a messy kennel and an upset dog to deal with in the middle of the night. I felt really bad at the time; what I learned was to check her feces each time she goes to make sure they are well-formed. If they have been loose, ESPECIALLY the last poop at night, I was more sensitive to any time she woke up at night.

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