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    Middle of the night waking

    Puppy is 6.5 months old. I don't hear him wake, but hubby insists he's waking nightly for a potty break. We lift up the water after dinner. Take him potty several times before we go to bed. 30 min after dinner(5-6pm), 7-8pm, and again 10-11pm. It doesn't seem to matter how often we take him, he still wakes between midnight and 2am for a potty.

    Is he old enough to go 9-6am without a potty break? During the week he goes 4-7 hours in a crate no issues. So I'm not understanding why at night he is struggling.

    Could he not be getting enough exercise and play during the day? It recently got colder and I'm struggling to get outside and run with him as much. My gut says that isn't it, because he has from day 1 woke between those times. I think it's habit in a large part.

    We do have a solid routine of eat-play-sleep. (Or play-sleep since he's two meals a day). With potty in between.

    The only other thing I can think is he's hungry. He occasionally skips meals. Or doesn't eat full meals. But he goes potty and right back to sleep.

    *he is a super light sleeper and we have neighbors with dogs who bark during the night at an annoying level at times. His crate is downstairs and close to the noise. But nowhere else to move it. Our room is the cat hidout/safe place from the puppy so I can't move him upstairs.

    Help please! We need sleep!

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    Re: Middle of the night waking

    It could be that he's waking up because of your neighbor's barking dogs and once he's awake he needs to go. Could you try a white noise machine or even leaving music playing during the night to mask outside noise?

    Also, 9pm to 6am is nine hours - that's a long time. My older dog could do that, but odds are my younger one would have me up at 3 if his last potty break were at 9pm. Can you take him out any later and see if that helps? (I'll also note that it's not consistent - some nights my younger one doesn't go on his last trip out and sleeps until I wake him; other times he goes out an hour or two later than usual and still wakes me early.)

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    I'll have to figure out a white noise system. I wake up to hubby getting back in bed and hear the dogs outside (why they are out I have no idea).

    We take him out at 10-11pm for the last time. He wakes still during the night. :/ ideally, I'd love to go 9-6am. Our old man, before he passed, went 8pm-8am without issues forever. But we never had him as a puppy.

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    And to be honest, he is scratching and tearing up he bottom of the crate if I leave him. Ie: last night he heard me and my daughter go potty. I knew he didn't need to go since I let him out 30 mins before (which woke up the sleeping kid in my bed). I don't want to replace the bottom of the brand new crate already!

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    Re: Middle of the night waking

    Last summer I had a window fan on and jumpy Bucky was fine. Once fan wasn't needed all night long he started startling and barking in the middle of the night. I put a white noise ap on the phone and that stopped his barking completely. White noise can be a miracle worker. Leaving a radio on static would work, just turn the volume down low. I hate the sound but it worked wonders.

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