Worried about your dog spending a lot of time sleeping? Do not be! Puppies typically sleep around 15 to 20 hours a day and by around 16 months they will learn to sleep through the night. Similar to humans, your dog can become irritable if he doesn’t get enough sleep. They may have an increased tendency to pinch and bark.
If a new puppy you bring home is having trouble sleeping through the night, don’t panic. Both young puppies and older dogs find the first night in a new home difficult. Because every dog is unique, they all respond differently to training methods. Here are a few tips to help you sleep through the night.
Tip 1: Early drinks and dinner
Limit your pup’s food and drink intake a few hours before bedtime. Your puppy is more likely to need to be potty trained in the middle of the night if you let him feed or drink right before bed. Alternatively, try giving your pup food and drink a few hours before bedtime so you don’t have to get up for late-night pee breaks. They do not deprive your dog of water. It shouldn’t be a problem if they’ve been drinking all day and are adequately hydrated.
Tip 2: Crate Training
Crate training helps give dogs a quiet and safe place to sleep. Once a puppy has adjusted to being in a crate, they are usually fine in there. Due to the fact that most puppies are reluctant to urinate or defecate where they sleep, crate training can also help with housebreaking. To get the most out of the burglary, choose a crate that is the right size. Add a comfy bed once you order a crate. Bedding that is not easily chewed or ruined should be chosen, as puppies can be destructive. To reduce separation anxiety, some dog owners choose to place the crate next to their bed.
Tip 3: Consistent routine
Dogs love routines, and once they’ve established one, it can be difficult to break. Establish a diet, exercise, and play plan that motivates them to stay up later during the day to help them feel sleepier at night. Think about how your routine will affect theirs. Your dog will take longer to adjust if you insist on throwing noisy house parties all night while he’s still adjusting to his new home.
Tip 4: Prepare for potty breaks
Take your pup outside as the last step in your evening routine. Sending your pooch to bed with an empty bladder will reduce the chance of overnight accidents and give you more time to sleep before your puppy needs the potty. If you take your dog outside at night, do so calmly and let him out to relieve himself, then quickly bring him back inside to sleep in his crate.
Tip 5: Lots of exercise
Do you sleep better when you are tired? Dogs are like that too! Consider tiring them out with lots of mentally challenging, energizing activities in the late afternoon or early evening if they have trouble falling asleep at night. Long walks, extended playtime, and other forms of mental and physical exercise can help your pup shed some of his excess energy and prepare him for a restful sleep. Your pup should ideally be active for most of the day, except when taking much-needed naps. If you work in an office, this might be difficult, but it’s ideal. But if you can’t keep your pup busy all day, it’s best to focus on giving him plenty of playtime right before bed.
And there you have it! Do you have any other tips to add?