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| || |It's a matter of you showing you're the boss. After our foster Lab was past 6 months old, she could hold her bladder. I'd turn away and ignore her if she tried to wake me up with a smelly sock in her mouth. I'd wait till she's curled up to snooze again for a while BEFORE I get up and say, "Time to get up!" You're the pack leader; you decide when it's time to get up. In this way, I've encouraged her to sleep till 8am. Success!
However, when my other half was around, he'd let her wake him up at 7am or at the latest 7.20am. She learnt that her job was to be his alarm clock. "Act as you mean to go along" is very good advice from Jan Fennell.
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Yeap, my dog's reaching 2 (in November! time flies) and he has learnt to hold it in. On weekends, he is happy to snooze in with us till 9ish-10ish. But the moment you get up - he is relentless and constantly following you around - from the bathroom, to the kitchen, everywhere basically - refusing to let you out of his sight or sit down for a coffee until you bring him out. Bless. I personally feel bad if I chill because I know I wouldnt like it if I have to hold my pee in whilst someone else is enjoying their morning cuppa!