Why Your Puppy Wakes Up So Early Between 4 to 5 AM

Most puppies are simply huge balls of energy and a consequence of this would be for them to wake up super early. You might find yourself in a situation where your puppy is disrupting your sleep by trying to wake you up very early between 4 to 5 AM. Here are some reasons why.

Your Dog Sleeps A Lot During the Day

There might be a number of reasons for this but your puppy might be sleeping a lot throughout the day. This could be due to the fact that you are a single dog owners and aren’t at home for several hours during the day, or you might not be doing enough to engage with your dog.

If your dog sleeps a lot during the day then naturally it won’t sleep as much in the night. If possible, try and engage with your dog a bit more during the day so that he isn’t as bored.

Your Dog Has a Health Issue

The puppy might have some kind of concerning health issue that’s causing him to wake up earlier than intended. It could be a urinary tract infection, a digestion problem, or something else that’s bothering the puppy enough to wake him up. Check with the vet to ensure it’s not a medical condition that’s causing this early wake-up behavior.

Your Puppy is Having Dinner too Early

Is the puppy whining for food when he tries to wake you up at 4 or 5 AM? Puppies are at a period where they grow quickly so they might be waking up due to hunger. It may help to feed your dog a little later than usual (but not too late to affect his digestion).

How Do I Stop my Puppy from Waking Up Early

If it’s not related to a medical issue then there are some lifestyle changes you can make to get your dog to wake up a little later than usual. For example, you can get your puppy to do some exercise and tire him out completely before he goes to bed so that he can maintain a health sleep.

You should also check the dog’s quality of food. Low-quality dog food may cause issues with the puppy’s digestive system. Bloating and diarrhea are examples of what may occur when your dog is fed a poor diet.

Last but not least, you may notice that this happens more in the summer month when it gets bright earlier, or there might be other environmental factors such as noise from passing vehicles. If you don’t have it already, it may help to add heavy drapes to the window to block out light and noise.

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Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.


  • Lizzie | 09/07/2022

    I’m confused. So my whole life structured has to change to meet the new puppy rather than what we are advised and that is to not be governed by the puppy but to help them to fit into our lives. How do you mentally stimulate a puppy who just wants to sleep

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