OK so we have a lovely 10.5 month old cocker spaniel bitch. All is fine but she starts crying at anywhere between 4am and 6am every morning. She doesn't need to be let out or anything but it now seems to be her routine. She is in a crate with playpen addition in the lounge. We cover the crate and playpen as she seems to prefer thay. She has no problems going in and out of it. We leave a soft toy and chew type toy and even tried leaving toys with food in just in case it was boredom or hunger but these aren't touched. The way we've dealt with it so far: + go down let her out for a wee as thought that is what she wanted but then she is fully up and won't go back to bed. We've worked out she doesn't actually need the toilet as she has a different alert for that one! + tell her to 'settle down' this method works after a few times of saying it and she will sleep for another hour or 2. However sometimes she will go back to sleep and I can return to bed but other times she will start crying again 10 minutes later so I end up sleeping on sofa next to her. This is the only method that is working + letting her out and bringing her up to our room but then she thinks it's play time even though she will then eventually settle and go back to sleep on pur bed, trouble is we are then wide awake! + ignore her but this doesn't stop it and it just goes on, and on, and on and on.....we left her doing this for 30/45mins and if anything it ramped up. How do we get her out of this apparent routine?!!