HI all - TGIF....
So, our 4 year old labradoodle, Fazzy, has always been really great at sleeping all night, unless he had an upset tummy and then he would bark to ask to be taken out during the night to potty. In the past month or so, he has gotten into the habit of barking to go out almost every night....he'll bark once and wait a minute or so to see if we're going to get up, if not then another single bark, wait, bark....on and on. Initially we'd get up and let him out assuming that he needed to potty, but we have come to the conclusion that most of the time he's just bored and wants to wander around the yard - probably looking for "visitors" (raccoons, cats, possum, etc) and eventually come back in when he see's nothing is out there, settle back down and back to sleep.
About a week ago we decided that we're tired of it and decided to ignore him. A few of the nights he would go thru his routine for awhile then give up. The last two nights, at least 90 minutes of this....at 2, 3 in the morning. This morning apparently he decided that we must not hear him and came up to the bedroom and barked....I had him get up on the bed and we all went back to sleep. About an hour later, back at it downstairs. He was at the vet earlier this week, we didn't talk about this, but he had a great exam, nothing wrong.
So...question is...how do we break him of doing this. It's totally messing with our sleep...and then of course, he gets to sleep all day while I work. Today he's at daycare, but who knows if he'll sleep all night tonight.