One of the lesser appreciated benefits of owning a dog is that you'll always have a reliable alarm clock to help you wake up on time!
It's 5 a.m. and you're in the middle of a great dream. Suddenly, there's a cold nose pressed against your neck and a gentle whining. Dogs seem to innately know just how to wake up their owners, whether we appreciate it or not. And when your dog has decided that it's time for you to get up and feed him, there's no convincing him to let you go back to sleep.
The cute dogs in this video want their owners to wake up, and they want them to wake up now. Some of these dogs are incredibly determined - can you imagine having this sort of alarm clock in your bedroom each morning? Check out these dogs' creative ways of getting their owners up and out of bed.
Does your dog use some of the tactics in this video? While it can be nice to have your dog snuggle in bed with you as you gradually wake up, a dog which actively paws at you, bites your hair, or barks can quickly become annoying and disrupting.
One of the best ways to keep your dog from waking you up each morning is to have your dog sleep in a separate room. Keeping your dog in a crate or in a room of his own overnight can prevent him from climbing on you and waking you.
But if you want your dog to be able to sleep in your bedroom, you can train him to let you sleep. First of all, don't make feeding your dog the very first thing that you do each morning. Teach your dog a command for "go lie down" and "quiet." Then, if your dog tries to disturb you in the morning, have him lie down on a dog bed in your bedroom.
Be firm and persistent in your training, and with some time your dog will learn that he doesn't get what he wants even if he tries to wake you up in the morning.