You bring your new puppy home and everything seems so perfect. All the bedding, toys, and dog food that you bought just seemed to go together perfectly. But then, no matter how hard you try, your little fur ball just can’t seem to lay down for more than a couple of hours at a time. If you are like most owners, you are probably frustrated and thinking of how to get your puppy to sleep through the night?
After all, there is no command over a puppy’s behavior in regard to sleeping. Your puppy will just try to do whatever he can to stay awake. This includes stretching his legs and back. Your puppy probably won’t understand why you are upset when he is not sleeping.
However, you don’t have to worry. Getting your puppy to sleep through the night is simply a matter of consistency and patience. So let’s start by establishing some routines.
Consistency means that you need to wake up at the same time every day and play with your puppy until she is tired. If you don’t, she will probably go for one of her regular naps during the day and will not get sleepy during the night.
Most of the time, simply providing a safe place for your pet to sleep, keep him entertained with toys to keep him happy, and he will have a peaceful night. Designate an area in your home as a place he knows is theirs.
It needs to be a place where he feels safe and secure. This is different from a crate. A crate is plastic and provides security, safety and privacy. If you don’t have a crate, create a quiet area that is pet friendly and comfortable for him. It could be his bed or mat, the area where he sleeps or where he watches TV.
If you find your puppy might be having a rough night, put him in his crate if you have one. Crating a puppy is a good way to ensure that he gets plenty of restful sleep throughout the night. Many puppies don’t like to be crated, but once you had crated train your puppy, he will get to love his crate as he knows that he is safe and secure when in it. It also gives him a sense of belonging and of being part of a bigger family.
Also make sure that you choose a quiet spot as a sleeping area for your puppy. If his sleeping area is full of people and loud noise, that could be affecting his sleep. Stress, illness as well as aging also plays a role in affecting his sleeping pattern.
Sometimes we forget the needs of our pets. They are left alone throughout the day, with little to no company. This will create stress and anxiety for them, affecting their sleep routine.
Spend some time playing with your puppy before bed. By playing with your pup before bedtime, you will get him used to the sound of your voice as he sleeps, and he will be less likely to start whining during the night.
Make a point to take your puppy outside to relieving himself before his night sleep. This will ensure that he does not need to go for potty again in the night and will be able to have an uninterrupted good night sleep.
Don’t ever spank or hit your puppy if he doesn’t want to sleep in the night. This is a sure way to discourage your puppy and will create negative behavioral issues.
Lastly, the sleeping pattern of your puppy may also tell you something. Restless puppies always tend to move around and have suggestible reasons for it. Check with the veterinarian if your dog is having any medical issue or a sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is something that a dog can’t control. Sometimes, an owner may not realize that their pet is suffering for this disorder, and they may end up struggling to sleep for the rest of their lives. Your veterinarian may suggest some medication to ease your dog sleep apnea disorder if he is suffering from it.
Getting your puppy to sleep through the night is really not that hard. Just be consistent, work with your pet and provide some fun distractions each day. Your puppy will soon understand his “sleeping” routine and before you know it, he’ll be lying in his bed, snuggled up, and asleep peacefully in the night.
Remember, puppies need to sleep in order to be healthy. Your job is to help your pup understand that he cannot just leave his sleeping area as and when he likes. He must come to the realization that you are the one in charge of his sleeping schedule.
So give this tip a shot! You’ll be surprised at how well it works.