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Our lab is now 12 weeks old. He usually sleeps in his crate from around 23:30 until 06:00.

At 6 ish, he starts crying... So we go down to let him do his business in the garden.
We've been trying to put him back in the crate after he goes to the toilet, in the hope that we can stay in bed for another hour or so.... as our normal routine is to get up at 7. Unfortunately whenever we put him back in the crate, he howls and cries as if the world is going to end. This doesn't sound much of a problem since he's doing it at 6am, but there have been times where he's woken up at 3 or 4am and just won't settle back down in the crate.

We've tried ignoring this behaviour with no success. A frozen kong works for a max of 5 minutes. The only thing that really works is to sit next to his crate and completely igore him.... Eventually he falls back asleep but takes around 30mins to do so.

Any advice please?

Ian
 

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Hello Ian, The problem at the moment is that the mornings are drawing out. It's now starting to get light at around 5am, so shortly after that puppy is starting to get active. I would try covering the crate to keep it dark. If you have to get up to him, particularly after it's started to get light, try to keep it as low key as possible. But it's always harder to get back to sleep after it's got light, so try to avoid going to him once dawn has broken.
 

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Hi,
Our lab is now 12 weeks old. He usually sleeps in his crate from around 23:30 until 06:00.

At 6 ish, he starts crying... So we go down to let him do his business in the garden.
We've been trying to put him back in the crate after he goes to the toilet, in the hope that we can stay in bed for another hour or so.... as our normal routine is to get up at 7. Unfortunately whenever we put him back in the crate, he howls and cries as if the world is going to end. This doesn't sound much of a problem since he's doing it at 6am, but there have been times where he's woken up at 3 or 4am and just won't settle back down in the crate.

We've tried ignoring this behaviour with no success. A frozen kong works for a max of 5 minutes. The only thing that really works is to sit next to his crate and completely igore him.... Eventually he falls back asleep but takes around 30mins to do so.

Any advice please?

Ian
Hi, I can certainly sympathise with this and agree with John that it's largely down to the lighter mornings. We've now changed our routine slightly to accommodate Jas's early wake up time, so she's in the crate at 10pm and up by 6 - aided and abetted by our very vocal hens!
We do cover the sides of the crate at night with a large towel and she does have a bear that's kept just for night times ( I'm a bit soft like that 😀 )
It is a bit of a pain always having a relatively early night but I figure it won't be this way forever.
Hope your little chap settles down to a good routine soon.
 

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Thanks both. We do cover his crate with a blanket, which has made a ldifference, but he's still up quite early. We were discussing this last night and both agreed that it might be the case of changing our routine slightly to match his. He is always fast asleep in the living room by 21:30 - 22:00... Maybe we should place him in his crate at this point and go to bed ourselves.
Another option we have considered is to try and keep him awake as late as possible, and take him for a short stroll around 21:30 - 22:00 just before he falls asleep.
 
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