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    Dog sleeping pattern

    My girl dog Sunshine has been waking me up earlier each day than the day before (if that makes any sense) today she woke me up a bit before 5:30am. It's started the Monday that just passed. I probably should have kept track of all the times.
    I was thinking because she has to use the restroom but after a while she'll settle back down. Plus when I took her out she didn't go straight to pee like she usually does when she really needs to go.
    She sleeps in my bedroom next to my bed in a kennel on her bed. I doubt she's uncomfortable
    I was also wondering if it could just be because she is aging.
    She's been waking me up early and then to add on top Jojo decided to eat his dinner at 1:00 in the morning I'm hoping she'll stop or try something to get her to stop.

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    If she's older, I wonder if she's not sleeping as well and the birds or sunlight (assuming you're in the Northern Hemisphere) are waking her up earlier and earlier as we get further into spring? Our boy definitely gets restless earlier in the spring/summer than in the fall/winter.

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    When I read about the spring/summer it definitely made me think. But at that time it's still dark out and no bird's chirping until later on in the morning.
    I found urine on the outside of her her kennel. She doesn't pee in the morning but im wondering if she's doing it at night or when she gets left inside between noon to 5:30pm ish. I'm going to have someone (the person I have to switch my dogs during the day) put a dog diaper on her after they put her in at noon. And when I get home I'll see if she's been peeing.
    She has always held her pee for long periods of a time. But she's roughly 7 so I know she's only getting older but she's a small breed, less than 10 pounds. I know they age way slower.
    If she does happen to be peeing between noon and 5:30 I'll have no choice but to just leave on a diaper. Because I can only have the person switch the dogs once. And I don't want to leave her out all day.
    Would it be "mean" of me to do so? I'd be able to but her diapers for the rest of her life but I'm hoping it wouldn't be cruel (I may be over reacting)
    Of course that's only if I go home and she has peed herself.
    Another thought: I notice that she'll only start to make noise and move around is when she sees my body move. Basically as soon as I turn my head or a leg she'll start "talking" to me. Could it have become a habit? Once I rule out the peeing thing

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    Re: Dog sleeping pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari1405 View Post
    When I read about the spring/summer it definitely made me think. But at that time it's still dark out and no bird's chirping until later on in the morning.
    I found urine on the outside of her her kennel. She doesn't pee in the morning but im wondering if she's doing it at night or when she gets left inside between noon to 5:30pm ish. I'm going to have someone (the person I have to switch my dogs during the day) put a dog diaper on her after they put her in at noon. And when I get home I'll see if she's been peeing.
    She has always held her pee for long periods of a time. But she's roughly 7 so I know she's only getting older but she's a small breed, less than 10 pounds. I know they age way slower.
    If she does happen to be peeing between noon and 5:30 I'll have no choice but to just leave on a diaper. Because I can only have the person switch the dogs once. And I don't want to leave her out all day.
    Would it be "mean" of me to do so? I'd be able to but her diapers for the rest of her life but I'm hoping it wouldn't be cruel (I may be over reacting)
    Of course that's only if I go home and she has peed herself.
    Another thought: I notice that she'll only start to make noise and move around is when she sees my body move. Basically as soon as I turn my head or a leg she'll start "talking" to me. Could it have become a habit? Once I rule out the peeing thing
    If she's suddenly peeing inside when she normally does not, I would consider a vet check. Could be a UTI or another complication. Better safe than sorry.

    If your vet determines that she is simply losing control of her bladder because of her age, there are a number dog diapers that you could choose from that wick away moisture so the dog is comfortable. I don't think it is cruel to have her wear a diaper if there simply isn't another option for her. You might also consider an indoor potty type of setup if its more of "I can't hold it anymore" rather than "It leaks out whether I want it to or not."

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    I agree with Lillith - if there's a change in bathrooming habits involved, a vet check for infection or other medical issue is in order (has she been drinking more than usual?). Hopefully, if so, it's something simple and easy to treat!

    If it's behavioral, habit could be part of it, but it'll be hard for anyone to be sure until we know there's not a medical cause to her restlessness.

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    Thanks to the both of you.
    At the same time 3 other dogs live in the house and love to mark their territory. I gotta make sure it was her 1st.
    But I will keep an extra eye on her.
    I also wasn't thinking there could be a difference between can't hold it anymore and not being able to control it coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari1405 View Post
    Thanks to the both of you.
    At the same time 3 other dogs live in the house and love to mark their territory. I gotta make sure it was her 1st.
    But I will keep an extra eye on her.
    I also wasn't thinking there could be a difference between can't hold it anymore and not being able to control it coming out.
    Oh yes, sometimes aged dogs (and sometimes young ones with certain issues) don't even know they are going. Kind of like in elderly humans when they laugh or cough and it just leaks out. There's a difference between incontinence and just inability to hold it.

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