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I am at work all day and need effective ways to housetrain my 1 year old puppy! How do you teach them to hold it in?
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how to get your dog to sleep later than 6am?

koozl19 koozl19 6 years 8 weeks
At 3 yrs old, he should be able to hold his bladder for 12-14 hours, so if you put him to bed at 9pm, he should be fine until 9am. Unless you have a tiny dog, who does need to go potty more frequently. The only way we got our dog to let us sleep in was by training him to realize we weren't letting him out of his crate when he was whining. We *knew* he didn't need to go potty, he was just awake and bored, and wanted to get out of his crate. It was just a matter of completely ignoring his whines & whistles and waiting until he was quiet to let him out. You may have to work on it in stages, gradually pushing the time back later & later. Try 'sleeping in' until 7am one weekend, then 7:30am the next, then 8am, etc. If you don't all ready, close your bedroom door. ;-) It helps dampen the sound. It's annoying and a bit frustrating to listen to all that crying, but after awhile the dog learns that he won't be let out when he's making such a ruckus.
gnovick gnovick 6 years 9 weeks
Thanks guys! Yah, he is a puppy still (3yrs old) and sleeps in the crate and by 6am he is crying...poor guy. We dont let him upstairs because he has allergies and scratches during the night which wakes us up. Any other suggestions?
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years 9 weeks
I just try and take him out as late as possible really, even if he is up, he usually can wait until 7 or 8 to go out, which is what wakes me up.
senorita senorita 6 years 9 weeks
Oh that is a tough one! My dog doesn't sleep later than that either! I realized he is my little alarm clock.