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Hi all,

Looking for some advice my 1 year old beagle is having issues with his sleeping pattern and frankly it’s driving me insane.

He’s always had his moments with sleeping but has usually always been good. He now has a habit of waking between 1-3am and crying to be let out. I let him out (in case it’s the toilet calling) but he never needs the toilet. He will literally stand outside in the garden and stare at me. I usually have to bribe him with treats to come inside which I know is reenforcing the behaviour but if I don’t he often starts barking or howling which is not ideal in the early hours of the morning. I bring him inside and he cries at the door to be let out for 1-2 hours !!!!

For context he sleeps in my bed and also he usually falls asleep around 10pm absolutely fine.

Any advice on how to stop this or even slightly help would be appreciated!
 

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Sounds like maybe you have some critters in your yard at the early hours - maybe rabbits or deer? Does he get a good walk before bed to tire him out?
 

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Sounds like maybe you have some critters in your yard at the early hours - maybe rabbits or deer? Does he get a good walk before bed to tire him out?
It could be rabbits now I think of it, he does have his usual walk at around 7.30pm every night which has always worked but maybe time to push it back or stay out longer than 1.5 hrs
 

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One of my beagles was obsessed with the rabbits in our yard. I have a game camera in our yard and the bunnies come out very late at night and early in the AM.
 

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My dog will occasionally wake up around 1-2 am for potty..but she wakes at 6am sharp every day..no sleeping in for me. One thing that might help is to give your dog a small feeding in the evening..it ccould be hunger that wakes the dog.
Also if you can when it's really early.. is to take the dog out on a leash so you can control coming back in.
 

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I used to walk (well, it was more of a run), Ally from 9-10 pm every day, even in the dark in winter. Following on what Cassie said, I also fed her twice a day, same total amount once after mirning potty and once about 6 pm. She got a treat at what was my lunchtime. And it’s true it could be night critters that she hears. I also crated Ally at night. She didn’t sleep with us ( learned not to do that from my previous dog who woke me several times at night because she seemed to only sleep a few hours, wake up, find a better spot and that was waking me). So with my beagle, we crate trained her for sleeping and she would put herself to bed. The crate was in a different room and I shut the crate door as she also stirred a lot at night, but it didn’t wake me. Occasionally she’d make a fuss, and I started going in to tell her no. You can guess what happened, she’d fuss just to get attention. After 5 seemingly long nights ignoring her fussing, she never did it again. Maybe I was just lucky!
 

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Hi all,

Looking for some advice my 1 year old beagle is having issues with his sleeping pattern and frankly it’s driving me insane.

He’s always had his moments with sleeping but has usually always been good. He now has a habit of waking between 1-3am and crying to be let out. I let him out (in case it’s the toilet calling) but he never needs the toilet. He will literally stand outside in the garden and stare at me. I usually have to bribe him with treats to come inside which I know is reenforcing the behaviour but if I don’t he often starts barking or howling which is not ideal in the early hours of the morning. I bring him inside and he cries at the door to be let out for 1-2 hours !!!!

For context he sleeps in my bed and also he usually falls asleep around 10pm absolutely fine.

Any advice on how to stop this or even slightly help would be appreciated!
I don't have the answer,but besides the fact that he's driving you crazy, my first thought is, "Now isn't that just like a Beagle?" Only a Beagle could have dreamde that up! I have had Beagles for 17 years so I can be honestly sympathetic. Just be grateful you have had the opportunity of livin with a Beagle that has one of those maddening traits that makes you love him even more.
 

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When I take Sophie out to 'go potty' I take her on a leash. We stand in one place (her potty place) until she goes. We live in a very rural area, so have a lot of 'critters' outside at night - and if she hears them she wants to join them. I have a 'white noise' machine to help screen those sounds out.
 
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