My mother owns two dogs (and I live with my mother, so they are kind of my dogs), and one of them has a bit of a 'problem'. Namely, every morning, without fail, Lacey the foxhound rescue MUST get up at 3am. Both dogs sleep with my mother during the night, so this definitely interrupts her getting enough sleep. Yea, Mom can go back to sleep afterward, but she never sleeps well after that. She'd normally be getting up around 5am, so that is two hours of solid sleep she is missing out on. Ignoring Lacey is not possible. She starts by softly whimpering. Then licking. Then increasing her volume. Sometimes she bounces to wake a person up. As sooooon as she starts up, the other dog is woken up too who also starts asking for breakfast. Normally, Ally would sleep until a more reasonable time. I've tried feeding Lacey later in the evening. At first I thought her tummy was telling her she was hungry. Nope, she still woke up at 3am. Maybe a snack before bedtime, then. No change. OK, so food isn't the issue here. Next up is her bladder. Thankfully, Lacey has a bladder of iron and has never had an accident, ever. But she gets pottied in the middle of the night. Usually around 11pm-midnight, when my mother gets up to go to the bathroom. So at 3am she shouldn't be desperate for the bathroom. Lacey is an incredibly high energy dog. She could go for ever and not get tired out. She gets at least two long walks a day (no runs because I am out of shape, D: ) and play sessions of fetch. Evening 'downtime' means sitting while a toy gets constantly thrown down a long hallway so Lacey can run after it. And by about 8pm, Lacey crashes, hard. It is like a light switch. She is dead to the world tired. So we manage to tire her out. Or do we not do so enough? One interesting thing is that Lacey and the other dog comes to sleep with me after she's had her breakfast and potty. But they don't wake me up most of the time when they slip in to snooze. What do you think we can do to make Lacey sleep just a few more hours? Mom works a pretty mentally taxing job. So those short hours of sleep are important. She already goes to bed early (9pm at the very latest, usually closer to 8pm). What can help change this habit?