Q. My dogs end up awake every morning at 6 am, what can I do to keep them sleep even after wearing them out before bed?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. It is possible that that is when your pets need to go potty and the longest they can hold it, or it may be they are getting hungry or antsy. If you used to get up at this time, it can sometimes be hard to break the routine as well. Tiring them out at night is one good way of getting them to sleep in longer, as well as letting them go potty immediately before going to sleep so that they have the longest time possible to hold urine and stool. Providing them with a puzzle toy or treat that keeps them occupied in the morning may also help prevent them from disturbing you. Lastly, preventing them access from your bedroom can help you to sleep in longer without having a dog trying to lick you awake!