We are having problems with Zoe sleeping for more than 6 hours at night. She is about 1 1/2 now. We bring her out to potty at 10 pm and she will wake us at 4 am. I know she can hold it for more than 6 hours. I bring her to the park for some play time and a 2 mile run in the afternoon. During the day she either goes to my parent's house or I bring her to day care. At my parents she spends the entire day outside running around chasing squirrels and birds. She sleeps on her bed beside our bed. After I bring her out to potty at 4 am she will go straight back to sleep. We try to ignore her and sometimes she will go back to sleep but it will only be for about a half hour then up again. Any suggestions for us getting more sleep or is this normal?
I think I have the opposite issue - either I'm really lucky or I have two lazy GSPs!
They both sleep with me and they are all the way under the covers at my feet. I tend to keep the bedroom pretty cool both in the summer & winter and I don't think they are big fans of that. During the week my alarm goes off at 5:15 and I get up and have to coax them out from under the covers to go pottie, then they run right back in and get back up under the covers till I'm done showering and once again they need coaxing to go get their breakfast and then it's back under the covers. The weekends are great because they'll sleep until I get up - sometimes it can be 7:30 other times it can be 9:00 am and they are content to just stay under the covers.
Rocky gets up early with his Daddy. Has his breakfast, time out in back yard to do his business. Then he comes back in my bed and sleeps in till I get up around 8:30 am. I walk him at 10 am for 1 half hour. Then I do stuff for a while. Again at 1 pm I take him on a leash walk round our block. When we come back . I tell him , Mom is going to work and Rocky is going to stay. Then he lays down and sleeps until his Dad gets home from his work aorund 5pm. Rocky then goes on a good field run with his Dad . He feeds Rocky his supper. Rocky goes to bed around 8pm until I wake him up at 11;30PM OR MIDNIGHT To go out side to potty. We have him in quite a pattern . I think all of our dogs adjust to our work life style schedules. just like our children we raise do.