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Q: early wake up

September 7, 2009 | By Mswildn1d4 | 4 answers | Expired: 1887 days ago

My 5 month old female yorkie wakes me up every morning between 4 and 5 am whinning. I take her out, takes about 15 minutes and she urinates and I give her a treat. How do I break her of this habit so I'm not getting up every morning at 4 am for the rest of my life. I love her but I would like to have a full night sleep.

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Ethel02
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Sep 08, 2009

A puppy & a small breed have bladders that are small, it's great that she wakes you, she'll probably get better as she gets a little older, and then when old age sets in you'll go thru the same thing, one of mine is almost 17 & she wakes me a couple times a night & when she's done I give her old head a kiss.

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Kris
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Sep 08, 2009

She is still very young and won't be able to go more than about 5 hours without going outside; as she gets older she will be able to wait longer and hopefully you can sleep a little later. I don't know if there is anyone else living in the house that could share the early morning bathroom duties with you, but at least for now that is part of being a pet parent.

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jackie
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Sep 08, 2009

jillian is right and small breeds I find have to go more often hopefully as she gets older she will stop that

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Jillian
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Sep 08, 2009

five months old is still a puppy. puppy bladders are smaller and weaker than those of adult dogs, so as she grows up, her need to go *right now* will ease up. remove her water 1-2 hours before she goes to bed/before you go to bed. it won't hurt her to go w/o water during those hours and it'll stop her from late night drinks that may be encouraging her early morning bathroom breaks.

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