So, I wouldn't exactly call this a problem (because it means that Darcy is nearly 100% potty-trained at 10 weeks!), but here's what's happening:
I feed Darcy 2 times a day (plus a little at night). At night, she "does her business" about 7pm, then plays for awhile, then is "out" for the night. Which is good. Except that sometimes she cries at 4:30AM to be taken out (like this morning), then again at 6:00 (I feed her then), then again at 8:00. Each time, it's legitimate - she really does have to go. But this schedule is becoming a bit brutal for me. I'm getting very little sleep. It's probably typical for puppies, but any suggestions for trying to curb that uber-early-morning wakeup time?
Once, I tried waking her up to take her out at midnight (and she went), but then she woke up anyway at 6AM again. I think it's just the light streaming in, she wakes up, and has to go - so there's probably no real "solution." I guess this is all just part of the process...
Of course, it doesn't help that I'm a teacher with a summer off (yay!!) and I'm a real night-owl. I love to stay up until 1 or 2. So, I hadn't planned on 4AM and 6AM wake-ups, lol. This has been a real adjustment for me. ;-)
Just wondering if anyone else's pup is an early-riser, and how you handle it...
Hi Chelsea, no dogs are 100% potty-trained at 10 weeks, physically her organs are not matured to hold just yet. Read the FAQ.
Take her out one last time before you go to bed. Pups need solid schedule, stick with it.
I probably should've clarified about the potty-training - Darcy hasn't had an accident inside the house for over a week (I take her outside a LOT because I know her bladder is still very small - but she does cry to signal that she needs to go out every time. I'm super-quick to respond to her). She'll likely have future accidents because of the immature organs, but I guess I think of potty-training in terms of her "getting" the connection between going outside and crying to alert me...?
In any case, taking her out before my bedtime is probably the best idea (I always hate to wake up a peacefully-sleeping pup, lol). Thanks for the reply.
I would take her out again before you go to bed. No playing, just potty. If she's going at 7:00pm and then holding it until 4:30am that's pretty decent for her age, I wouldn't expect a young puppy to hold it much longer than that. Heck my adult dogs generally will wake me up after 8-10 hours asking to go out.
As far as curbing the early riser, I think it just depends on the dog. Henry will sleep until noon if you want, even as a puppy he was perfectly happy snoozing late. Luke on the other hand, got up at dawn every day until he was probably 6 months old. He's a year now and usually sleeps until 8:00am before demanding to be fed lol.