Who needs an alarm clock when you have a dog! Well, certain pets, that is. While my wise pooch loves his sleepy time almost as much as I do, I thank my lucky stars (almost) everyday because I know that's not always the case. No groggy pre-dawn walks and no workday wakeup calls paws on the weekend at our home.

Not only do I know from past experience that this is a common problem, I came across a related question in our new community group, PetSugar Q and A. A reader asked how to get a dog to sleep in and added in the comments:

He is a puppy still and sleeps in the crate but by 6 a.m. he is crying . . . poor guy. We don't let him upstairs because he has allergies and scratches during the night which wakes us up. Any other suggestions?

I'd try adding a cuddly toy or other distraction in the crate to keep a pup settled in and more occupied while you're sleeping but let's all rally together and offer suggestions in the comments below!