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  • gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    i have a 5 yo papillion. we got him back in october so this is the 1st summer we’ve had him. we tend to get up later, sometimes 9 or on an awesome day 10! (the best part of the kid getting older!!!)

    my husband is generally up b/w 5-7 to get ready for work and he’ll let Axl out. i dont like to sleep with a dog in my bed so my door stays shut. sometimes Axl sleeps with gigi and sometimes he sleeps out in the living room, this has been going on since we moved. he is not opposed to being by himself. in the last week though it seems Axl has figured out that if he sits in front of my door and whines long enough i will get up and me getting up, in his mind, equals food. shortly after hubby leaves he takes up position outside my door and starts. even when the kid was in school i didnt get up at 6! :|

    any one have any ideas on how to stop this behavior??

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  • Magster
    Magster
    Keymaster

    Would it help if your husband feeds Axl right before he leaves? I don’t know how often you feed him, but mine get an early breakfast, and then dinner around 4-5 and it works really well. They’re usually happy to go back to sleep for a bit with a full belly. :)

    gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    unfortunately sometimes he takes a VERY long time to do his #2 business and hubby usually doesnt have time to take him on a 20-30 minute walk in the am. if no one is up and about and he has the living room to himself he’ll do his business there. if people are up and he has an audience and he will just hold it until the next time he gets taken out.


    embra
    Participant

    Hmm. Not sure I understand. If your husband lets the dog out, he must let him back in again before leaving if the dog is hanging out outside your bedroom door, no? Would it help if, like Momkey suggested, your husband dumped some dog food in the dog bowl before he left?

    PokeyNinja
    PokeyNinja
    Participant

    If you keep getting up he’s going to get use to you getting up when he whines at your door. So if you don’t want to have to get up that early, and you know Axl is just whining to be fed, don’t get up. However, if you don’t get up when he whines and find an accident in the house when you do get up, don’t get mad at him b/c he did whine to go out.

    As far as hubby feeding him before leaving, depending on the type of food (wet or dry or mix of both) he’ll have to go potty 30 to 60 minutes after eating, and you’ll have to get up anyway to let him out.

    Since he already messes in the house, do you have “puppy pads” down for him to use oppose to the floor? You said he’s 5-years-old, but you’ve had him less than a year. Did he come house broken? He may be whining b/c he needs to go out. Or he may be whining b/c he’s lonely and/or wants to play.

    Magster
    Magster
    Keymaster

    I view dogs the same way I view babies… Do your best to get their schedule to fit your lifestyle, but realize they will have needs that are mightily inconvenient at times. If there’s no way to keep him happy, you’re just going to have to get up with him. Or give in and let him in the bed if that means more sleep! lol

    I’ve only had one dog (the one in my avatar) who could sleep late and be happy. With all the others, it’s feed and go out early. I’m not a morning person at all, but it’s what I signed up for. In your case, I’m not clear on whether he’s hungry, needs out, is lonely, or all of the above. Trial and error until he’s not whining or pooping on the floor is the way to go.

    lilybell
    lilybell
    Participant

    Just no matter what time you get up don’t feed him til later. Make it so he gets fed everyday at noon. I use the “if the dog whines they go out” method. If he whines and wakes you up let him out for 5-10 minutes. Let him back in and you go back to sleep. Let him know that him whining doesn’t equal him getting something (attention or food).

    gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    @ pokey i wasnt very clear, sorry. :) he only messes in the house if he’s been feed and not taken out and given ample time to do his bussiness. we live in an apt so he have to walk him, which we do 4 times a day. since we moved he’s been taking longer and longer. if he waits till i get up to eat so i can take him on a long walk in the morning he doesnt. we never had this issue during the school year.

    he came pretty much house broken. the only times he’s ever gone in the house have been very clearly our fault, like we slept in and he didnt get to go out to pee, or i forgot to take him out before going to bed at night.

    i am 100% sure the whining is for food b/c as soon as i open the door he starts doing his little “FOOOD!” dance which he only does at meal times. i’m a little wary to have him in the bed w/ me b/c in the AM Gigi is often in my bed. she is a thrasher and poor axl is a meager 8 lbs. so i’m worried she’s gonna hurt him in her sleep :( no only would it just be awful for the little guy to be hurt Gigi would be devistated if SHE hurt him.

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