Our Dog Is Waking Up Early?

I have a german shepard/Spaniel mix who has decided to get up at 5:30am every morning. This a new situation. We take her out at 9pm or even as late as 10pm, but she won't let us sleep past 530am. Please help! Seven hours may be enough for her, but it isn't for us.



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January 19, 20050 found this helpful

Older spayed female dogs can develop urinary problems. Our old Katie started puddling after years of being good. The vet gave her some medicine that cleared it right up.

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By Racer (Guest Post)
January 19, 20050 found this helpful

First one milligram per every pound of dog at night of benadryl. As late as possible before you go to bed.

Secondly, the dog is crying out for routine and stimulation. He cant wait for the routine to sart in the morning.

I would structure him some of the following activities:

Start rewarding him only when he is on the left side of you, by your ankles. Dont give him treats for doing nothing but asking for them. When he is petted make sure most of the time he has done something to earn it. German Shepherd's are very noted for high intellect, and they need challenges.


Also invest in a small blanket or towel and put it by your chair. Every so often buy a toy and put it on the towel out of his sight. This will give him something to th ink about..when the next toy or treat will appear on his blanket.

When he even steps one foot on the blanket, make a big deal in a high and happy voice about how great he is and how smart he is.


Start naming things and processes such as doing the dishes. Do you want to come and do the dishes with me, or sweep the floor with me etc. When he comes along tell him that is a goodjob!

Fourthly, set an alarm at the proper time you want to wake up that is unique like a radio alarm or make a noise before you get up in the morning, one that you can make every morning, such as turning the tv on or radio on.


When the dog comes in too early, then you need to say, go lay down. When he keeps bothering you say no, go lay down.

If he cant seem to ignore you it is time to get a crate and put him in it no matter how much he protests at first.

He just needs a new schedule. Also take to the vet and ask him opinion on it, and consider training at petsmart of somewhere, bec this dog has a great deal of intelligence and is bored for most of the night, with nothing to do.

He might m ake a good therapy dog, you m ight check into the therapy dog tr aining also at petsmart.

Good luck, remember they are just like kids...some of them need to be slowed down and some of them dont~buys lots of stuffed animals at the dollar store and lots of dog toys there and throw them all on the floor the night before...dont trip on


Name all of the toys...when he is playing with them, say: You have the teddy bear, you have the ball, etc.

When he is sitting in front of you, take his foot in your hand and say; this is your have pretty feet.

Teach him to lay down by holding a treat above his head and bringing it to the ground. When he finally lays down give him the t reat.

He will feel so great at having things to think about.

You also could get him a

love him


This will stimulate this mind.

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January 19, 20050 found this helpful

I was told by a vet to never give medications intended for humans to your dogs.

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January 19, 20050 found this helpful

I am not sure if benadryl is one of them, but many drugs for colds or allergies are extremely dangerious for your pets. Consult a vet before giving any medicine to your dog.

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By Vicki (Guest Post)
January 19, 20050 found this helpful

Actually I have to keep Benadryl available in the summer because one of my dogs is allergic to bees. I keep the human stuff, approved by my vet & the emergency vet he saw the time he reacted.


BUT, I would still check with the vet 1st because each dog is differerent. After saying that I wouldn't drug the poor dog just because he needs more activity. OR he's an older dog, & like people, sleeping patterns can change.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
January 19, 20050 found this helpful

Is he waking because he needs to urinate? If he sleeps in a crate, as one of mine does, he won't wet where he sleeps and that might keep him quiet a little longer. Put the crate in another room. You could tuck in a shirt or something you've worn so he does feel so alone.

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January 19, 20050 found this helpful

Whenever any of my pets change their routine, I always check for health problems. Our dog, Nikki, started to wake us early to go out. Later, we found out from our vet that it was the beginning of a urinary tract infection. Another time, our older dog, Scruffy, started to be frightened of thunderstorms.


He was thirteen years old and never had this problem. We so realized that he was losing his hearing and certain noises probably sounded different to him, and he didn't understand what he was hearing. We constantly had to reassure him until he calmed down.

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By rosa (Guest Post)
January 19, 20050 found this helpful

You may want to take him to the dr for a check up, might be getting a bladder or urinary trac problem. Might be his way of telling you there is something wrong with him, he may be smarter than you think ?""

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By Bonnie (Guest Post)
January 21, 20050 found this helpful

I guess you should be thankful she wakes you up. Consider the could be waking up to a big mess every morning. I would take her to your vet and have her checked out though. She could have a urinary tract infection.

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By Rachael (Guest Post)
January 23, 20080 found this helpful

My puppy started waking up very early in the morning for awhile. It turned out his bedding was covered with fleas! Eek! Wash his bedding, give lots of exercise, and don't give water past 8:00 pm.

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