How to stop springer spaniel waking us up at 5.00am


I have a 5 month old springer. Currently he sleeps in his bed in our open plan kitchen/diner/playroom. This area is at the back of the house and seperated from the living room by a set of double doors with obscure glass panels and another solid door.

More or less since we got him he has been waking early and jumping at the glass doors which vibrate and make a racket. We thought we'd solved this by putting chairs in front of the glass doors at night so he can't get to them. Now he does the same to the solid door.

This isn't to go to the toilet because if we let him out and bring him back in and return to bed he just starts up again. I don't want to give him the association that if he pounds the doors then we come running.

However it is impossible to go back to sleep it's so noisy. I don't want to allow him the run of the whole house unsupervised because he chews etc. I think if we don't solve this my husband will insist we let the dog go as we are all exhausted! Hope you can help.

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Feb 28, 2011
5am dog
by: lynn

Hi there,

Sorry you are having trouble at the moment.

The only thing I can suggest is that being that your pup is still young, I would crate him.

I have never used a crate myself with my ESS but my mother uses them for her two smaller dogs and they now walk into their crates when she turns the tv off at night or even if she says 'see you in a bit' when she is on the phone as they know she is going out. She did this originally as her Bichon was chewing things and could not be left alone but now they seem happy to go in their and would rather spend their time in their crate if she goes out than to go to a room where they have access to the outside.

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