My 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever wakes me up in the wee hours but doesn’t need to go to the bathroom. How can I break this habit?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
A 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever is usually full of playful energy. Your night owl dog apparently likes to work off some of that energy at odd hours. One suggestion is to take your dog for a brisk walk or to conduct an intense play session before bedtime. This should make your pet more inclined to snooze than wake you up.
Your dog could also need a training refresher course, since any kind of irritating activity like this falls under unwanted behavior. Assuming the dog will sit and stay on command, it should also be taught the “down” command. This involves the dog sitting at the owner’s side, with a food treat used to prompt the dog’s appropriate legs-forward position.
Once your dog has aced the “sit,” “stay” and “down” commands, it can graduate to the ever helpful “go to your bed” command, which is really a combination of all three of the aforementioned commands. A properly trained dog should know that when it hears this order, it’s bedtime without argument.