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I am at the end of my rope. For the last 2-3 years, My dogs have gotten me up at night. Well now I am down to just one, and it is worse then ever. He has me up about every 2 hours, and at this point, the lack of sleep is getting to me. The funny thing is that he does not always want out. Just wakes me up, gos to the door, looks out, and then goes back to his room. Also he seems to get very jumpy, and nervious doring the day. He is baby gated in to the back bedroom,hall, and kitchen, becouse he always gets into trubble if he wonderds the whole house, and he has been trying to break out. I just dont know what to do with him. Maybe more time with him, but with work, and a 2year old, thats hard to do. We have been to the vet, and tryed drugs with no help. I am just at the end of my rope. The lack of sleep has effected my health, and mood. I am cranky all the time, and just not doing well. Now I would hate to put the dog down, but it is getting to the point it's me or him. Any ideas??? He is a kind dog, so I would love to find a way to make him happy. Been thinking of giving him to someone that has the time to spend with him, to see if he can adapt, but he is 12, and not many people want a 12year old dog.

Sorry guys I am rambling here a bit, I just dont know what to do. I cant go on like thisfrown
 

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Paul:

We have a dog about the same age as yours. He is losing his eyesight somewhat and he limps from auther. We don't have to restrain him in a particular room though. Part of the problem may be that he is lonely for his friends that have disappeared. Perhaps a mature but younger dog, would give him some company that he is missing. I would guess a rather docile female may be a good bet. If he isn't fixed you may want to make sure she is. Another thing would be to make sure he is getting enough exercise. He may have a little pent up energy that he doesn't know how to deal with. Right now I have been fighting a abcessed tooth and can't get out and drive because of the painkillers (lortab). So I have what my Dad refers to as "cabin fever" or "All messed up and no place to go">>>>>LOL. You would be surprised how many people might just take a mature dog like yours. You may also want to put him up for adoption at your local animal shelter. Hope this has helped some.

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well now i know why you are on the forum at 3:00 or 4:00 am...

i agree w/gillie.. mayber he misses your other dog... or do you think maybe he's sore and just letting you know?

i know if 1 dog is keeping you up all night.. your not thinking.. lets get another one.. but maybe another dog will keep him occupied.. or maybe he just wants to be in the room where you guys or your daughter is...
 

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Well another dog is not in the cards. Been tird to the house a long time having had 3 for so long. It's tough. You love the dogs, but just feel bad that you can't devote the time he may need. A two year old seems to take all I have leftfrown


I have thought about adaption. If I know he would go to a nice home I would iin a second, and eaven make a sizeable donation. Just hate to have hime just put down.


So its a tough possion for me. I mean I have had him for a long time, and he has been my responsabilty to take care of him, but I also saved him form a home life where he would not have made it to his first year, so I gave him probably the best 12 years he could hope for. But at the same time, my health and famley life are important also.


frown frown So there my story.
 

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I am NO dog trainer but in past times I had gone through this with dogs and even a cat. At the end of my rope like you; I finally resorted to making a "percussion adjustment" each time the dog woke me up for when not alerting on something or somebody at the door or outside. After a few "percussion adjustments" the waking me up stopped. Once I stopped reinforcing its behavior of waking us up in the middle of the night be responding to the dog for what he wanted; he got the concept fast. Bear in mind, this was a last resort. I try to go the dog reasoning route first. (whatever that is :D )

If you haven't; you might try scolding the dog for waking you up and work you way up to the "persussion adjustment". ;)
 

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Well chief, in this dogs case nothing works. Never been a deterant for him.
 

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I think the dog is just craving more attention. Getting another dog for him for company is just a temp fix, as it does not eliminate the owners responsibility of giving attention, so that may or may not work long term.
 

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Originally posted by Chipmaker
I think the dog is just craving more attention. Getting another dog for him for company is just a temp fix, as it does not eliminate the owners responsibility of giving attention, so that may or may not work long term.
That is why I dont want another. I cant provide the love and care one needs, what am I going to do with two.frown
 

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What a pain they can be. I have two dogs a lab and a beagle. The lab is a great dog, the beagle is busy. We call her lulu and the name fits. The one thing I have done is crate train my dogs. At night they are locked up. The dogs feel secure in thier crates, it is like a den for them. The only thing is make sure the crate is always a safe place for them. If they need a swat don't do it there.
Lulu has a problem , she has a spindle cell tumor on her nose and soon I have to have her put down. We have spent a lot of cash , had it removed three times, only to come back. Mri, xrays and a specialist , and no luck. She looks like hell but it does not slow her down yet, still chasing the cats, barks at anything that moves, and can still eat well. Owning pets suck! I hate when it is time to put them down. My wife says no more dogs after this. She said that after our Black Lab "Slick" had to be put down, but he was 17 lulu is only 5. How we have a yelllow lab named "Elvis",he too is a sweetheart.
 

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Originally posted by simple_john
paul if he sleeps with you guys does he do any better??

cant. He can be to bad, and would eat everything in the room.
 

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Crate in the same room.

Maybe you could crate him in the same room with you. It may be a rough first couple of nights, but after that it should get better.

It would give him a feeling of family that dogs crave.
 

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Re: Crate in the same room.

Originally posted by jjbyers
Maybe you could crate him in the same room with you. It may be a rough first couple of nights, but after that it should get better.

It would give him a feeling of family that dogs crave.

crate him or give him a nice big bed and keep him tied up so he can only have access to the bed and not much more room to do damage..

he may just want to be near the family..
 

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Well I pretty much do spend most of the night with him


I normaly move down stairs on the coutch after the first time or so he gets me up. This is right outside the gate. Has not helped, but makes the getting back to sleep turnaround time better.
 

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I think Slip hit on a good idea about locking the dog up in a kennel box. The only other thing that comes to mind is the shock collars that zap them with they bark or when you push the zap button. Not exactly the nicest method of controlling them. More times than not they break the dogs spirit.
 

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He stays in a crate during the day when we are not home. As I said, he tends to get in a lot of trubble, but he [and his late brother] started howling, barking and scraching to get out at night, so I started leaving them/him out at night.
 

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Have two dogs myself and had them up in the kitchen with the smaller one crated. Unfortunately the big one is protective so will bark or howl at any coon or cat that goes through our yard at night. Put both of them downstairs with the little one still crated and solved the problem. If you have a basement, I suggest crating him at night down there. Also if he is crated all day does he get to play with the family at night and watch TV with the rest of you? If not that may be one of your problems. How is he with your 2-year old? Jealous or lovable and protective? If the former, that's another problem since he was there long before your child. Another suggestion is take him for a walk every night before putting him down for the evening. That way both of you get exercise and he gets some needed attention. If it's warm, bring your child along either in a stroller or papoose carrier. Make it a family thing. You might find this a better solution than putting you long time faithful friend down or giving him away to a stranger.
 
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