How to get a puppy to sleep through the night is a question virtually all first-time dog owners will ask. After all, puppies are quite active during the early days of their life and it is very common for them to wake up frequently throughout the night.
The question then becomes whether or not these waking ups are signs of health problems or normal behavior. Puppies come into a new environment filled with new smells, noises and people. It may take some time for your puppy to adjust to these new changes.
Be patient and make use of toys to help distract your puppy while you accomplish basic house training. You can help him sleep well at night by providing him with a warm bed, plenty of toys to play with and regular exercise.
Taking about exercise, puppies certainly require a level of exercise to release their stored energy. Some popular dog exercises are playing fetch, running through the sprinkler, chase bubbles, play tug, etc. You will be amazed at what a healthy young dog can do.
Start slowly for just a few minutes at a time. Gradually work up until you feel your puppy is tired and resting well during the night.
If you are thinking of taking a walk with your puppy as a form of exercise, it is important to understand that most puppies cannot walk more than a mile in a day. A good way to start your first walk is around your neighborhood. Have your puppy walk around the house. This is a great way to get them familiar with the sounds and smells of their neighborhood.
After a couple of days, you can begin going on longer walks. During this time, you may begin to give your puppy a treat every time he walks beside you. Give him a treat, pick up the leash and tell him “walkies” and you are on your way.
Continue walking this way for about ten minutes. This is a great way to introduce your puppy to the leash. After a while of doing this, he will get what it takes to walk beside you without pulling and of course, he will gets tired and sleep well during the night.
If your puppy has never been physically supervised while awake, it is important to give him regular exercise during the day and, if you have a doggie-sized yard, let him out to roam around it every night before he sleeps. This will drain off his excessive energy, ensuring a good rest later in the night.
Puppies are naturally very sociable, they are trying to find their newly acknowledged pack leader, so they don’t always sleep all day. Don’t be surprised when, after a day to a day of physical activity, the little thing still keeping awake in the night.
My puppy, for example, sleeps on his comfy bed in the kitchen. It was his safe place, and he knew it as such. At night, if he needs a little sleep, he knows he can go there, and will do so. Having a safe place to go is the “joy” of being a puppy.
If you decided to use a crate for your puppy, you should designate that area as his special place. You may want to keep his favorite chew toys in it, as well as a comfortable dog bed that fits him. A doggie bed that fits in the crate will be a good one. Get him a soft bed, versus a carpeted one. Dogs often view crate as their den and they feel sense of secure when sleeping in it.
All puppies need to go potty right after they wake up. They will also need to go again after being fed and after drinking water. Thus, give your puppy his meal an hour before sleep time and make sure he goes potty right before sleep. This will ensure that he had an “uninterrupted” sleep during the night.
Puppies really don’t have the ability to “hold it” for very long, so you will need to be consistent and take him out frequently. To avoid potty in the night, avoid giving him any additional foods or tidbits after his dinner so that his next potty will be the next morning.
When your puppy is not confined or sleeping, you should take him out every 2 hours or so. Remember, he will need to go immediately once he has woken up, eaten or drank anything, and has to pee because his bladder is full. So by keeping his bladder “empty”, he will have a good sleep throughout the night.
Stress and lack of sleep can lead to varying behavioral issues in your puppy, making him very rebellious. Taking a few minutes to make sure your pet is getting adequate rest, will result in a much happier puppy!