I love my dog. She's going on five years old, and has always, always, always slept through the night. When she was a couple years old we stopped crating her at all, and I in fact sold her crate to a friend when she was four since we didn't use it and I was tired of lugging it around with every move.
Around December or January she started having serious problems with diarrhea (that is not what this thread is about), but even at its worst she never woke us up in the middle of the night to go out.
Now that she's been on medications and a new diet, but the same day-to-day routine in general, she is waking us up EVERY night in the MIDDLE of the night as if she desperately needs to go to the bathroom.
Initially, when she was still somewhat sick, I'd let her out, and she'd immediately run off and I could see she was either trying or actually defecating (but hey, it's DARK at 3AM).
Now, weeks later, as I'm writing this at 4:45 AM, I'm really starting to think she's just now in the habit of going out at night when she really could just hold it for a few more hours and it's making me extremely irritable especially when I'm trying to sleep so I can go work a 10 hour day that starts at 7AM.
Does anybody think it would be wrong to make her wait? Any suggestions on how we could keep her from waking us in the night aside from buying a new crate? If I lock her out of our bedroom she'll lay by our door, then every few minutes I hear her get up and run to the door, run back, lay down, get up and run to the door, run back, etc (we have linoleum and I hear every bloody footfall).
I really want to stop this cycle, because I feel like I'm going to snap if I don't. She's never had an accident in the house, even when her diarrhea is at its worst, and she always makes it just fine the one or two days a week when she's left at home for 10 hours (which, tomorrow should be the last one of those ever, thankfully), so why can't she make it through a 6 or 8 hour night?