September 8th, 2006, 10:32 AM
Hi I am new on this forum and I have a question about my 9 month old yorkie/maltese cross. When I first got him he was kennel trained and he would stay in his kennel at night with no problems. Now the last 2 weeks or so he starts whinning about 3-4 o'clock in the morning needing out. I have let him out some of these times and when I do he always has to pee or poop. Like I said he just started doing this recently. He used to sleep through the night and I would let him out in the morning when I got up around 7 or so and he would be fine. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep him sleeping through the night without having to get up. We are expecting a baby soon and I don't want to have to get up with the baby and the dog every couple hours nor do I want the dog to wake up the baby with his whinning. Any suggestions would be greatful!! Thanks :yell:
September 8th, 2006, 12:13 PM
Welcome to the board, your pup is still young, and it's also small, small dogs have small bladders. I take my dog out pretty late, she used to wake up around five and do the same thing, so I slowly changed her schedule. What time do you take her out at night? You might have to start pushing the time for your last walk of the night later.
Here's a link about introducing a new baby to your pets, it did say to try to get your pet used to the new schedule.
Don't worry, a lot of babies can sleep through anything, mine could even sleep through my hubby's snoring. You said "We are expecting..." so I'm thinking you have someone to help, what I did was get my hubby to take the dog for the early morning walk.:p
we would love to see pics of your pup.
September 8th, 2006, 02:21 PM
Also be sure to check that there is no medical issue such as a bladder infection that might be causing this change in behavior.
September 8th, 2006, 02:47 PM
I agree. As he was sleeping through the night, and this has just started, a bladder or urinary tract infection is a definite possibility. :dog:
September 8th, 2006, 06:31 PM
oops I meant to mention UTI's. Good call.:thumbs up
September 8th, 2006, 09:29 PM
Congratulations on the impending arrival!
Check all the things previously mentioned. . .
When do you feed your dog? I'd pick up the food a little after 4 in the afternoon if you can, and give him a little time to get a drink and pick that up around 4:30.
He won't die of thirst of hunger between late afternoon and early morning. Then give him a chance to do his doo last thing before going to bed.
THe good thing is that he's waking you to let him out--he could be just making a mess in his box. :thumbs up