The Blame Game

by Houndstooth on

There is one thing that continues to go on at our house, and that is dogs getting up early and wanting out around 3:30 in the morning.  With four dogs, the biggest problem is figuring out the instigator.  My husband and I both have differing opinions and experiences on the subject, but the blame game continues in both camps.

What Dreams May Come -- Tales and Tails

What Dreams May Come

My husband believes that Flattery is the instigator of it all.  In his favor is the fact that Flattery is very highly food motivated and she has a strong association between going outside and getting food.  The difficulties we’ve gone through in housebreaking her could fill a novel and I don’t kid myself that it will be a lifelong struggle we face with her.  In any event, Mr. Taleteller believes that Flattery wakes up, wants to be fed and starts pacing to get Morgan and Küster up and going, which leads to my husband getting up and taking them all out to go potty, feeding them and then going back to sleep on the couch for several hours.

Normally, I hear Morgan or Küster start fussing before I notice anything from Flattery.  Sometimes it happens after I get up to use the bathroom, so I feel like I know some of what’s going on there.  The fact is, my husband was never good at enforcing that Küster sleep through the night when he was a puppy.  He’d get up with him through the night for far longer that a tiny puppy bladder required.  Morgan and Küster both know that the fastest way to get Mr. Taleteller’s attention is to do exactly what they do, which is whine and bark until he gets up.  Flattery running around doesn’t do anything to help the situation, either.  There’s also the fact that Morgan is just as food motivated as Flattery is.

Ready To Catch Some Zzzzs -- Tales and Tails

Ready To Catch Some Zzzs

Another funny thing in the whole situation is that the girls never wake me up to go out in the wee hours of the morning when my husband and Küster are away for training.  Morgan and Flattery might fuss about half an hour before my alarm goes off, but they will wait until I get up if I tell them to knock it off and go to sleep.  Somehow, my husband is at the root of this problem, and I think it goes back to the issue of food.  They don’t hound me for food the way they do with my husband.

One thing that is certain is that Bunny is not the root of the problem.  If she had her way, she’d sleep until late in the morning, especially when I’m also in bed sleeping in.  She will get up and go outside for a powder room break in the early hours because she’s called to do so, but she’s never the one who asks to go out in the middle of the night.  If it were up to her, it would just be the two of us sleeping in blissful abandon.

Sleeping Bunny -- Tales and Tails

Sleeping Bunny

I’m not sure if there will ever be an end to the problem, unless we can determine for sure who the culprit is.  Even the Pet Cube hasn’t offered a definite answer.  I suppose we’ll just play the blame game indefinitely, or maybe a surprise answer will reveal the true culprit.  Most likely, it’s a group effort that the dogs have worked out to their advantage.  It’s never a good feeling to know that you’ve been outwitted by your dogs, but I think we are.

Slumber Party -- Tales and Tails

Slumber Party

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  • SGilbert

    I think Flattery, Morgan and Kuster have a meeting before bed time. Who turn is it to get Mr Taleteller up to take us out so we can have a little midnight snack. That was they can’t figure out who is doing? They sound like my triple grandchildren…you never know is the instigator because they work as a pack. Enjoy your vacation they weather will be getting cooler soon.

  • Sue Dyer

    Sounds like you need to stop giving them any treats or feeding them after loo breaks certainly in the night and early hours. The first time they should have food is breakfast and no treats after their last turn out. To do this, I reckon you’ll have a few noisy nights, so you’d best get ear plugs. Think your main problem will be getting your hubby not to give them treats or feed them in the night or early hours, until breakfast time:)

    Honey is the one who wants me up. Slowly as I get later going to bed, so their last loo break is later, Honey is going around 30 minutes later in the morning before she starts her low whining. If I got up and took her outside for a loo break, she’d probably do a wee, but then wouldn’t settle. When she whines it’s because she wants a walk. As the mornings are darker for longer I try and shift our sleeping hours, so we still get around 7 hours, but go to bed later and get up later. At the moment I go to bed around 11.30pm and my alarm is set for 6.30am, but Honey starts whining soon after 6am. By the time it’s still dark till around 7.30am, I will have started going to bed around 12.30am and my alarm will be set for 7.15am.

    Hope you are having a nice week. Sue, Polly & Honey

  • Vicky

    I’m fortunate that I never had that problem with Tippy. She can come in at 6pm and not go out again until 8am the next morning. I really don’t know how she does it, but she doesn’t even seem to be in a hurry when she does. She lets me get my coffee started before walking to the door.

  • Leslie Flanders Balcerak

    When we first got Wallie, she would get me up at all hours. Since we were working on housebreaking her, I always jumped out of bed to let her out. Back to bed and a few hours later Moxie would get me up. I never sleep for more than a few unintrupted hours between them, insomnia and (yikes) hot flashes. I used to feed them at 3:30 am when they got me up. Now, I just give them a bone and tell them it’s still sleepy time. That usually buys me time until 6-6:30 when the whining for breakfast wins out. It seemed they had their days and nights mixed up. It’s better now but also a reality in my house as well. zzzzzzz