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Waking up through the night

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Sdekrets   

Please help! I have a new dachshund pup who we got at 16 weeks. We don’t have him in a crate but we have him sleeping in our small laundry in a dog bed. He is waking in the middle of the night about 3-4 times. First time I get up and take him out to pee but he doesn’t do anything. An hour later he is barking again. I try to ignore him but he doesn’t give in. I have teenage kids that are being woken up so in the end it is me who gives up and I go and try to settle him again. But, I can’t keep doing this and I know he is forming a habit. Any ideas would be much appreciated. 

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You could try crate training him and having him sleep where he can see humans, or feels not so shut away.

 

What sort of mental and physical exercise does he get?

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Tassie   

I'd second crate training.   I prefer to have pups sleeping in a crate beside my bed, so that if they stir in the night, I can just talk to them and remind them it's sleepy time .. my current youngster, I just put a finger into the crate, she has a little nibble and then settles.   If the pup does need to go out to toilet, then you can quickly pop a leash on, take him out, no excitement, take him to an area he likes to pee - bushes, grass .. wait .. be boring ,, tell him he's clever when he pees, then quietly take him back to his crate, pop him in with a treat.

 

The advantage of having pups really close, is that they don't have the chance to work themselves up as they can if the humans are not close .. then the human eventually comes along .. and the pup has achieved company by barking.   Not actually what you want.

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Dogsfevr   

Just remind your kids what they where like as babies when they would wake you up & you would have to go feed or change the nappy ,teenage kids old enough to assist in the new family member they most likely wanted  not leave it up to just you .

First off you got this puppy a tad older than normal who has most likely had constant company day & night .Pup is know on its own in the laundry ,a massive change to what its previous normal was.
I agree get a crate & place it next to your bed .Pup sleeps in it at night with no fuss by you .
I can honestly say most of our pups at 8/9/10 weeks sleep all night in the crate without needing to go to the loo because they fall alseep in a good healthy manner .
Its important before bedtime to not over stimulate pup or like children not too much video games or FB before bed ,calm relaxing ,out to the loo last minute & off to bed .

Dachies can be demanding critters with there barking .Also remember Dachies love to hide underthings at sleep time no matter how hot or cold it is .
 

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At 16 wks , he will have lots of habits already formed ... and is used to sleeping a certain way/in certain places . This will take time . 

if yr kids complain ... let him sleep with them ;) 

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Sdekrets   

Thanks so much for all the advice. I have now moved his bed into our bedroom at night and he is sleeping beautifully. And no more night time wetting the bed.

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12 hours ago, Sdekrets said:

Thanks so much for all the advice. I have now moved his bed into our bedroom at night and he is sleeping beautifully. And no more night time wetting the bed.

:happydance:

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