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Olen waking up early

In the past couple weeks, Olen has started waking up between 4:30-5:30. At first, I was getting up with him at first, because he was having those problems that I talked about. However, he's been back to normal, but still waking up early. I've just been trying to ignore him until at least 6AM.  He doesn't really have to go to the bathroom that bad (well, I mean..I'm sure he has to go after 7 hours, but he does what dogs do), and I think he just mainly wants to eat. I've tried several things to get him back on a 7AM schedule. I've tried pushing his evening feeding back a bit, I've tried giving him a treat right before bed, I tend to not let him have a lot of water after 8PM, we take him out for a night walk right before bed...etc. I can't imagine that he doesn't have enough exercise, because I give him at least 5 walks a day, and usually a jog. P tried to walk/run him more on the late night walk, but that didn't seem to make a difference.

I get that he's allowed to be on his own schedule, but I just wish it didn't wake me up. And, no..I don't want to make him sleep on the floor/in a crate/all the other places that people suggest. He's so cute when he's trying to get us up, though........

Anyway, anyone have any ideas? He doesn't show any symptoms of anything wrong.

I really think he mainly just wants to get up to eat; I looked into those automatic feeders, but that just seems lazy, and like a bad idea.

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OMG, we have this same problem!  Andy gets up at 5:30 on the weekdays, he feeds the dogs and takes a shower.  For the last few months, Jonah and Harry - mainly Jonah - will wake up between 4:45 - 5am and circle us until Andy gets up - they just want their damn food, cuz they don't usually go potty until Andy is getting ready to leave, around 7am.  This is super frustrating on the weekends!  So Andy has started kicking Jonah out of the room - Jonah sleeps on the bed with us, Harry has a bed in the hallway.  So when Jonah gets up and starts his annoying pacing, Andy gets up and closes the bedroom door, with them out in the hallway.  Since he's been doing this, Jonah's getting up super early has decreased - don't get me wrong, it still happens, it happened yesterday morning, but it's gotten better.  They're fucking pigs and all they want is their food - once they are fed, they come right back to bed and go to sleep.  It's ridiculous!  And I'm sorry you have the same problem, but at least you're not suffering alone.....
I don't know what else to do either....

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Oliver does this, too. He went through a stage where he was waking us up every night around 2-3 AM just to run around and dance and play. It sounds like you've done everything right to try and remedy Olen's sleeping interruptions! What we did with Oliver is something you might not wish to do, but I'll let you know anyway. We wanted to make sure he understood that when we're in bed/sleeping that he needs to follow our schedule (he still chews everything in the house up, so we couldn't just let him out of the bedroom unattended). So, for a few nights we had to put him in his box (crate) for the rest of the night (4 or so hours) after he woke up. We only had to do this a few nights in a row, and then I think he realized we don't want him dancing on our heads when we're sleeping, and if he does he can't sleep with us. Fingers crossed, we've fixed it! He sleeps through the night, no interruptions (he now naps less in the evenings too).

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Ok, it sounds like I'll try the leaving him out of the bedroom thing when he wakes up. That sounds like a pretty good idea, and hopefully he'll figure it out!

I just wonder why his schedule changed. I do think as he gets more comfortable with us, he feels ok about doing things he was scared to do. Like..when we first got him, he basically ignored all other dogs (on walks, and everything)...now he most definitely does not do that. Maybe he always wanted to get up early, but didn't want to get in trouble. haha, I dunno. I seriously over analyze every.single.little.thing.

Oh no, he's not drinking enough, oh no, he's drinking too much, he's sleeping too much, he's not sleeping enough, he's too hungry, he's getting fat......... ::) Poor baby.  :)

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You're just a normal doggy mama!  I worry about all of that stuff too, but it does get easier the longer you've had them - the worrying part that is....when Jonah used to bang his head on stuff I'd feel so bad for him and baby him forever - now when he does it, I'm like "suck it up, dummy"

He got stung by a bee last summer, right on top of his paw - I'm sure it hurt, but whenever you'd say "jonah, you poor baby, what happened to your paw?", he'd hold up his little paw and make a sad face - for weeks afterwards - he was totally milking it!

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He got stung by a bee last summer, right on top of his paw - I'm sure it hurt, but whenever you'd say "jonah, you poor baby, what happened to your paw?", he'd hold up his little paw and make a sad face - for weeks afterwards - he was totally milking it!

:lol: That's hilarious. I mean, the not pain part.

I accidentally threw a banana at Olen's head (I was trying to tear one off for P, and it flew off, and onto Olen's head=bonkaheadbanana), and he scampered off into the bedroom (he did the same thing this morning when I stapled a piece of paper close to him...), but I can see him (soy) milking it in the future. He already brings out all possible cuteness when he's trying to wake me up.

You know, I was starting to think that I'd be a horrible mom, because I'll spoil/worry even MORE if I had a kid, but then I was like...why? Why would it be any different? I'll probably just spoil/worry the same amount.

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Do you tend to feed him right away when you get up?  We always go about some other business in the morning before we feed them, so that they won't think getting us out of bed = being fed.  Also, we will not feed them if they are asking to be fed.  They've learned to sit quietly and not bug us (while at the same time watching us closely out of the corners of their eyes) if they want to be fed.
I take it that Olen is already in bed with you when he wakes up?  Inviting one of our dogs into the bed a 4-something in the morning tends to satisfy him until we're ready to get up.  (He starts out in bed with us at night, then gets down at some point, then asks to come back in the morning.  It's weird.)  Our other dog pretty much doesn't bother us when we're sleeping.  When she does get in the bed, you can't even tell she's there.
He could just be going through a little phase and will get back to normal.  I know sometimes I'll get into phases when I wake up at a some weird time several days in a row.

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Do you tend to feed him right away when you get up?  We always go about some other business in the morning before we feed them, so that they won't think getting us out of bed = being fed.  Also, we will not feed them if they are asking to be fed.  They've learned to sit quietly and not bug us (while at the same time watching us closely out of the corners of their eyes) if they want to be fed.
I take it that Olen is already in bed with you when he wakes up?  Inviting one of our dogs into the bed a 4-something in the morning tends to satisfy him until we're ready to get up.  (He starts out in bed with us at night, then gets down at some point, then asks to come back in the morning.  It's weird.)  Our other dog pretty much doesn't bother us when we're sleeping.  When she does get in the bed, you can't even tell she's there.
He could just be going through a little phase and will get back to normal.  I know sometimes I'll get into phases when I wake up at a some weird time several days in a row.

Yeah, that's a good point. Last night, P and I had actually decided to not feed him when we got up, but apparently he thought Olen woke up at 6:30 this morning (I woke up when he actually woke up..5:30 or earlier), and decided that was good enough to feed him. Do you take your dogs out as soon as you get up, and feed them later? Or, do you have a doggy door? I was just thinking that it would be weird to get up, take him out, then feed him.

He gets into bed whenever I go to bed, and had been staying there the whole night, but now I think he gets up sometimes. ..but gets back in sometimes

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Ok, so what I tried last night: I pushed his evening feeding time back about 1-1.5 hours (around 6:30pm), and then did his evening walk (not the night walk) a little later..7 something (this one has been about 4-5 before). Then, he had his usual night walk..some time when I was asleep on the couch.

I did wake up at about 5:20AM when he got up, he followed me to the bathroom, he got back on the bed, and I told him to go back to sleep. (I was prepared to leave him out in the hall if he didn't)  He went to his spot on the bed, and didn't do any moving around. I think he was still awake, and moving a bit, but he was only moving, and then lying down again. SO, he did still wake up, but it wasn't as disruptive. I think I'll continue to push his evening feeding back to about 7..and that way maybe he'll get back to waking up at 7AM for morning food.

Do you all have about 12 hours in between feedings? Does anybody do the one big feeding a day (seems so weird..)?

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Jonah and Harry eat breakfast at 5:30am and eat dinner whenever we do, usually around 7pm.

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Do you take your dogs out as soon as you get up, and feed them later? Or, do you have a doggy door? I was just thinking that it would be weird to get up, take him out, then feed him.

I offer to let them out first thing; one dog usually takes me up on it and the other doesn't.  On work days, there's a longer lag between when we get up and when we feed them, so it's not that weird.  So yeah, they always go out after they eat too.

Do you all have about 12 hours in between feedings? Does anybody do the one big feeding a day (seems so weird..)?

We try to stick to 12 hours, at 7:00, generally.  Long ago, I used to do one feeding a day, because that's what my family always did.  But then I started having to administer medications every 12 hours, some with food, so it was just easier to do that.  Also, I felt kind of bad that they had to go 24 hours between meals!

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I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but I think Olen might be back on schedule. He's been waking up between 6-7 each morning, but stays in bed quietly until I get up. Maybe the time change helped him, and pushing the evening feeding back about an hour. :)

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I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but I think Olen might be back on schedule. He's been waking up between 6-7 each morning, but stays in bed quietly until I get up. Maybe the time change helped him, and pushing the evening feeding back about an hour. :)

I seriously wondered how the time change would affect Oliver! I think it's helped him sleep until we wake up, possibly because it's still dark when we wake now. I don't know.

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I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but I think Olen might be back on schedule. He's been waking up between 6-7 each morning, but stays in bed quietly until I get up. Maybe the time change helped him, and pushing the evening feeding back about an hour. :)

I seriously wondered how the time change would affect Oliver! I think it's helped him sleep until we wake up, possibly because it's still dark when we wake now. I don't know.

Really, I think they are just cheating. I mean, it's actually still 6...but I'll take it. He's been doing so well!

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I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but I think Olen might be back on schedule. He's been waking up between 6-7 each morning, but stays in bed quietly until I get up. Maybe the time change helped him, and pushing the evening feeding back about an hour. :)

I seriously wondered how the time change would affect Oliver! I think it's helped him sleep until we wake up, possibly because it's still dark when we wake now. I don't know.

Really, I think they are just cheating. I mean, it's actually still 6...but I'll take it. He's been doing so well!

So true. We're going to be back in trouble come fall!

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He did so well this morning that he didn't even move until close to 8! At that point..he was ready to GO. He was so excited. I was not a fan of the eye clawing part.

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He did so well this morning that he didn't even move until close to 8! At that point..he was ready to GO. He was so excited. I was not a fan of the eye clawing part.

Oliver face claws, too.  Or he sticks his wet/cold nose in our ears. It's a doggy wet willy. Not my favorite alarm clock.

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