I have a two month old puppy a lab/pitbull mix I'm told but looks like she might have some mastiff in her. Anyway I was taking her to a lady during the day so she would not be home by herself being that she was so young at the time (6wks). After finding fleas on her several days in a row I decided I would keep her home in her crate and come home at lunch time to check on her.
That seemed ok thus far the only issue is she wakes me up about every hour every night whining and crying I let her out to go to the bathroom and she goes but not sure if this is because she missed going to this place everyday or what. Before she would sleep through the night without crying, whining or having to go the bathroom is there anything I can do to remedy this?
I need help quick because I don't get much sleep at nights.
Hi Leisa She's an adorable little girl :o) But do I know how exhausting this can be.... it's almost like having a newborn baby to deal with!
Even though she's now 8 weeks old, she's still very young, and I would be very surprised if she managed to sleep through the night yet. However, waking up to 'go' every hour isn't acceptable for you or necessary for her (unless she has a urinary tract infection). You may want to have your vet take a look at her to rule out a UTI, the signs of this are usually a very frequent and urgent need to urinate, often the puppy only passes a few drops each time. It would be the same during the daytime as at night though, so if she manages to 'hold it' for 4 hours or so during the day, then it's unlikely this is the problem.
I expect some of this is related to her not getting a chance to expend her energy during the day as she's spending it sleeping in her crate. If you can increase her activity level, by exercising her at lunchtime, and also making sure she gets plenty of playtime etc. in the evening it may help. It's a shame that she got fleas from being with her daytime 'sitter' as that was an ideal situation otherwise. If you use an effective flea and tick preventative such as Frontline Plus, then she should be protected from the occasional flea (BUT get the product from your vets' office and double-check that it's suitable for a pup of her age/size). Maybe then she could visit her daytime carer even if only for a couple of days a week. But obviously if there are a lot of fleas, or this isn't a clean environment it's a no-no. Do ensure that all dogs she's in contact with have had all their canine vaccinations so that she is protected.
If you feed her by 5pm, and pick up her water dish 6:30, that helps to make sure that her bladder and bowels are fairly empty by bedtime and can help cut down the number of night-time breaks that she needs. Also, try to slowly extend the time between night time potty breaks by getting her to wait a little longer each time. Obviously if she sounds desperate, take her out right away, but she may simply be getting into the habit of waking up and could in fact go another 30 mins to an hour each time.
I know this stage seems endless, and being sleep deprived is no fun, but she will outgrow this as she matures. Just hang in there and this will all be a memory soon enough.