My dog won't sleep through the night
June 16, 2005 1:48 PM Subscribe
My wife and I purchased a Bichon Frise pup about 6 months ago; he was 3 months old when we bought him. He's great, but the problem is he refuses to remain quiet all night.
posted by surferboy to pets & animals (12 answers total)
We typically go to bed around 10 or 11, and we put him in his crate in the living room. He whines and yelps usually around 1, then 4, then 5:30, when my wife gets up with him for good. Sometimes he has to pee, sometimes he wants a drink of water, and sometimes he just wants to run a few laps in the living room and go back to sleep.
I know that we aren't supposed to respond to him, so we don't reinforce the behavior; however, he keeps us awake and since we live in an apartment building, we fear that he's keeping our neighbors awake too (although they claim they haven't heard anything... yet). When we take him to doggie day care, that tires him out enough to sleep most if not all of the night, but that gets mighty expensive to do 5 days a week.
I'm *hoping* this will get better as he gets older, but any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.