How can we get a puppy to sleep through the night?
Hi. We adopted a puppy from the humane society this summer. We've had him for about three months, and he's about five months old. Both my husband and I work, so he is in a rather large cage for a good part of the day, and for the last few weeks, he has been able to hold his bowels until we get home, which has been terrific. For some reason, though, he can't do it at night. He sleeps in our bedroom at night, because I don't want to cage him since he's in a cage all day. He is good at letting us know when he has to go out, but he has to go out usually three times a night, between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am. When we take him out, he often doesn't seem like he really needs to go; he would rather get a drink or play with a toy. We try to keep him busy when we are home by playing with him, and we take walks when we can, and encourage him to play with the neighbor dog to tire him out. We leave toys in his cage when we're at work, but he doesn't seem to play with them much. We think he doesn't play during the day because he has some separation anxiety issues, which we've discussed with our vet, but she said that is normal at his age. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get him to sleep through the night, I'd appreciate it. I'd really like to get a full nights sleep. :)