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You’re snoozing soundly, dreaming of your favorite beaches or vacation destinations when suddenly you’re awoken by the not-so-dulcet sounds of barks and whines by your side, probably accompanied by a wet nose or some gentle pawing by your pup. If your dog has become a furry alarm clock, waking you up hours before your actual alarm goes off, not only are you likely sleep-deprived, but you’re probably wondering why your pooch does this.
As with many seemingly puzzling canine behaviors, you may need to do a little detective work to figure out why your dog is waking you. Dealing with an alarm-clock dog is annoying, but fortunately, there are ways to redirect your dog’s unwanted behaviors into more positive channels once you determine the reason behind the early wake-up calls.
Why Exercise Helps Stop Your Dog From Waking You
One of the main reasons that dogs wake up their owners is because they’re bored or lonely and excited for a walk with you. For pups filled with pent-up energy, more exercise is the solution. “Providing sessions of walks and play can help meet your dog’s need for physical exercise and give their bodies the desire to relax,” says Gramm.
To reduce your dog’s desire for early morning activity, keep morning walks brief and make afternoon and evening the time for more extensive training and exercise, advises Ellis. These sessions will tire out your dog and the pooch will want to sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget that boredom is one of the top reasons for destructive behavior and you don’t want that to be your pet’s next idea,” she cautions.
Can dogs tell the time? | Inside the Animal Mind – BBC
Dogs, like most mammals, have a circadian rhythm, an internal sense that tells them when to sleep or when to be active. Perhaps it’s their bodies, though not their minds, that can detect roughly what time it is.