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Hello everyone.
I would love to hear from you on the topic of night potty breaks and of course whether I should be waking her up.

Arya falls asleep around 8.30-9 (sometimes earlier) so usually around 10-10.30 she'd wake up so I take her for her potty break then.
I keep the lights really low and ensure she goes back to her pillow to go back to sleep.
(this is a huge improvement for her to go back to sleep as during the first few nights she'd get really hyper and want to play at 10.30!).

Around 1am, 4am and sometimes 5.30 too I tend to just see whether she's awake and sometimes she is, sometimes she isn't - I still pick her up and take her outside. She does go. But is this the right thing to do??
If she doesn't try to wake me or sleeps calmly, isn't it better to just let her rest? Or is she unable to feel the urge through her sleep and she will just wee on her pillow?

Thank you in advance for your advise.
 

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Puppies usually need to go out a couple of times during the night. The first several weeks are hard for owners but as the puppies get older they can hold pee longer. I suggest crate training and not on a bed. Also take your dog out on a leash and say something like..."lets go peepee" and lead the dog where you want it to go. Then reward with a little treat or praise. I also used a clicker to re -enforce the good behavior. I say "peepee" for both pee and poop, even now at 7yrs.
I would love it if you use an actual picture of your dog as an avatar instead of a cartoon.
 

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Thanks for this Cassie. I'm not sure how to go about the whole crate thing? Arya sleeps in our bedroom and has got her own space and I thought this was the right thing to do. She does not sleep on our bed.
 

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Thanks for this Cassie. I'm not sure how to go about the whole crate thing? Arya sleeps in our bedroom and has got her own space and I thought this was the right thing to do. She does not sleep on our bed.
Thats going to be hard to break the longer you allow that arrangement. Im thinking about the potty accidents and mischief as she gets a little older. Generally a restricted area in a kitchen works well using baby gates. But you have to decide if your arrangement is working
Soon your dog will start biting/nipping and too much freedom makes it worse. I dont recommend tug of war games for now since it makes the biting worse.
Wow i just noticed the picture with your young child...please watch that your child doesnt get bitten and no rough housing with the dog for the next few months....safety first. That cute puppy will nip as most puppies do.
 

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Thats going to be hard to break the longer you allow that arrangement. Im thinking about the potty accidents and mischief as she gets a little older. Generally a restricted area in a kitchen works well using baby gates. But you have to decide if your arrangement is working
Soon your dog will start biting/nipping and too much freedom makes it worse. I dont recommend tug of war games for now since it makes the biting worse.
Wow i just noticed the picture with your young child...please watch that your child doesnt get bitten and no rough housing with the dog for the next few months....safety first. That cute puppy will nip as most puppies do.
Sorry - not sure what you mean by "rough housing"? We have been watching the Zak George a lot (apart from reading blogs etc) and everyone is recommending a bit of tug of war games, to get puppies to chew on something else rather than you!
Arya also enjoys it during her walks - playing with her like that gets her attention and she is more likely to walk/play with us, rather than just lying down on the ground chewing at a tree roots. That just turns her excercise time/walk time to a "stand and watch" party for about 15 minutes :confused:

I appreciate your concern about my child too - I am a very careful mother - thank you.
 

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Cassie and I differ on tugging.

When Neb was a puppy I'd wanted to do French Ring with him (all genetics to the contrary). So I wanted to build his drive and encourage APPROPRIATE biting on tugs. When he got bite-y with us we'd redirect onto a tug and very quickly he learned that it was appropriate to play rough with the tug and not with us.
 

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Yes, its a difference of opinion but since there's a small child in the house that has to be considered in the equation.
 

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True, we are childless. I never think of stuff like that!
 

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Yes, its a difference of opinion but since there's a small child in the house that has to be considered in the equation.
Thanks for both your inputs. And thanks for the link Cassie. Really good read indeed.

I do believe though that teaching your dog appropriate way is hugely important and can be successful 😊

I also believe, since there are 3 of us looking after ther dog (mainly myself and my son who is 10 next month, my husband works contracts), and yes, safety of myself and my son's is a priority, we need to teach Arya and ourselves how to play, tug n war, chewing, biting etc. Just like that example in the blog post you shared, Cassie, it just shows that it doesn't matter whether it's a child, adult, elderly, the dog needs to be taught and understand what we mean. And I can see already that is a very hard thing to do.

And that's what we are working on at the moment.
 

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This may or may not help you but it is working great for us with our 10 week puppy. We started hand feeding her once a day, and she is being really gentle with us.
 

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This may or may not help you but it is working great for us with our 10 week puppy. We started hand feeding her once a day, and she is being really gentle with us.
Exactly, as I have recommended for years. Good you brought it up...
Post some updated pictures...😁
 

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This may or may not help you but it is working great for us with our 10 week puppy. We started hand feeding her once a day, and she is being really gentle with us.
Oh, I shall try that! Thank you for your advise.
 
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