Stray Female Lab Won't Sleep All Night?

I found a female Lab around 2 or 3 years old. She was covered in "hot spots". I took her to the vet and got her checked out and treated and vaccinated. She is house trained and I just love her to death. My problem is she won't sleep all night. Anywhere between 2:30 and 6:00 am she wakes me up whining and pacing and jumping on my bed. At first she went out and did her business and came right back in. Now she does her business and wants to run around 30 mins.


before coming back in. She is teaching my other dog this and I am losing sleep over it. I don't have a crate big enough for her and I can't go and buy one. I am currently looking for the owner, but not expecting to find them. I live in a rural area where a lot of dogs are dumped and abandoned. (My other dog came to me the same way.) We will keep her, but I am not sure how to get her to sleep all night.

By Carol H.

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June 29, 20130 found this helpful

Beautiful lab. It sounds like she was traumatized when she was homeless. You didn't mention how long ago you rescued her but I'm sure she will calm down when she realizes she has found her forever home.


Maybe if you put her bed in the bathroom and close the door she might feel safe in a small area and hopefully you will get some sleep. Hope this help. Bravo to you for taking in a rescue dog.

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June 30, 20130 found this helpful

I agree with sabrinadog. The bed in the bathroom at night is a good idea. You may have a mess to clean up in there for a while, but in the long run, it is a good idea. Right now she is learning that she can get up in the middle of the night and be taken out to do her business and play.

You are reinforcing this behavior every time you get up and let her out. Dogs learn through repetition, so she now has to learn to not go out in the middle of the night. This may take a while to unlearn the behavior and re-learn the new behavior. Hang in there! Good for you for adopting her. Lucky dog.

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July 13, 20130 found this helpful

Sounds like whom ever owned the dog might of possibly worked a night shift and that's why she's use to going outside at the same time every night.


I suspect the owner probably didn't have quality time for her and thought someone out in the country might be able to give her a better home, with room to run and have a normal life.

With that being said, the good thing is, she's a Labrador and they are very smart. Ask your vet for a tranquilizer to help her sleep through the night and it shouldn't take long to get her on a normal schedule.

I have 3 dogs, Emma weighs 70, Rosie 50 and Ginger 94. All three dogs are absolutely terrified of thunder and lightning since experiencing a tornado on April 27th that left the state of Alabama without electric for almost a week.

Well, at least most of the state, anyway, if I know we're about to get a bad storm I give each of my dogs 3 Benadryl a good hour before it hits and they sleep like babies.


I also do so on the 4th of July and New Year's Eve.

You can ask your Vet and also research it on line. The dosage goes by weight and I really don't remember how that works.

My dogs go crazy at 8 PM every night to go outside, I have no idea why, but they do. Just before I go to bed around 11 PM I tell them it's Last Call and they know that's it until morning. I also tell them Night, Night and they all know to settle down for the night.

Rosie absolutely hates the Benadryl and I constantly have to be creative in how I give it to her. I sometimes hide it in a tablespoon of cottage cheese, yogurt, baked beans, peanut butter, cream cheese and canned cat food while our cats were still alive.

She learned to spit the pills out with the cat food.

Rosie has food allergies so all my dogs get is Lamb & Rice, no canned dog and I actually bought some Lamb & Rice canned dog food and she spit the pills out of that too.


Your dog is beautiful and it won't take long to get it and your other dog back on a normal schedule. Sorry my post is so long.

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