MattB Posted June 24, 2016 Share Posted June 24, 2016 Recently I've been having real problems having a whole night sleep to the point that my work is suffering. The problem, my two hounds wake me up multiple times during the night. We had a hedgehog and I thought that was the root of the problem but I've not seen it for ages. I'm also not sure which hound is the instigator or if it varies between the two of them. A typical night they have their tea at 5pm, walk at 6pm for about 45 mins. They'll then get in and I'll make me and my gf's meal and then the hounds will demand to be out again. They do go out a lot during the evening - every time I stand up they run to the door (this is the first point in question - whether I shouldn't be letting them out on demand like this. Next I head to bed, I try for about 10pm but could be 11pm. Then the hounds will start to cry at 4am on a reasonable day but it could be 2am. Sometimes I try to say 'No' which sometimes has an effect for an hour or so but sometimes they continue to cry and start to bark. Sometimes when I let them out they need the toilet (wees and poos) and other time they want to run around. On a bad night they can be up every hour. At 5am I usually give up and give them breakfast they then bark to be out again, I might try to get another hour before getting up for their morning walk. They're on their own through the day for usually about 5 hrs 3 days per week and someone is home the rest of the time, during the way they don't make a peep. One of them (Charlie) will often whine a lot during the evening it's like he's not sure what he wants, he'll just look at us and cry , sometimes it's attention but other times it's unclear. I recently stayed over at my mum's with her 2 dogs and they usually move about a lot in the night so I stay downstairs with them so everyone else can sleep. My mum lives in the country and in a desperate effort to get a whole night sleep I left the front door open with the gate padlocked so they could go out into the garden at will. Daisy seemed to stay out all night but Charlie was in and out and woke me up about every hour crying. He has food in his bowl, had treats, was invited up on the sofa with me if he wanted to sleep there but it was worse than ever. I've been away for a week with work and I know my mum has been leaving the door open for them - other than getting her up for their breakfast early she doesn't have the same issues. Charlie has been to the vet recently for his anual vaccinations and check up and the vet thought there was nothing to worry about health-wise. So my question, to be blunt, are my hounds taking advantage of me? They are my world and I sometimes wonder if I'm too attentive. Any thoughts on trying to break the cycle (particularly as they'll be coming home with me after a week at their grans) would be much appreciated! Matt Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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