Adopting a puppy is much like having a baby in the house. They are cute and fun to play with, but also throw the occasional tantrums and can keep you awake all night. So, how do you get a puppy to sleep through the night?
Hello! My name is Jane. I am a proud dog mom to one of the cutest Labrador Retriever dogs. Nothing beats the excitement of bringing a new puppy home, playing with him and kissing his cute little nose.
However, young pups have no respect for your need to sleep. When I first brought my puppy home, bedtime was a handful. She woke up after every hour and a half crying, which was quite irritating.
As such, I looked for a solution to how to get her to sleep throughout the night. Here are a couple of tips and tricks on how to get a puppy to sleep through the night.
Understand the sleep pattern
Similar to human infants, puppies are most active during the day and tend to sleep at night. Even though your puppy takes naps during the day, he sleeps deeply during the late hours of the night and early hours of the morning.
Separation of newly adopted puppies from their mothers usually occurs during the weaning process. As a result, they do not bond with their littermates or mom. More so, they have just entered a new environment with new smells and sights.
From the excitement of the move, they may fall right asleep due to exhaustion and stay asleep through the night, or they may cry all night because they are having a difficult time settling in. Regardless, it is up to you as the dog mum to ensure a smooth transition and help him master a bedtime routine.
How to get your dog to sleep through the night.
1. Prepare for bedtime
Just like you have to brush your teeth and wear your pajamas before bed, puppies need routines to help them know it is bedtime.
Being that puppies are set to sleep at night, it is not difficult to stimulate and wear them out during the day, so that he sleeps peacefully at night from exhaustion.
Exercise your dog during the day by giving him toys, playing games, or experimenting with his name recognition skills, whereby you have different family members stand in a line and call out his name. Give him treats whenever he responds to you.
2. Get a Crate
It is best to have your puppy sleep in the same room as you.
However, if you are not willing to have him in your bedroom, try leaving some soothing music or white noise to help him relax.
Similarly, allow your puppy to get used to sleeping in a crate first, before allowing him to sleep in your bed with you or your kids. Purchase an appropriately sized and comfortable crate where your puppy will sleep.
Get a small pillow, warm blankets, and other soft items to keep along the crate to make it more comfortable as well as have a familiar smell.
3. Crate training
The younger your puppy is, the more likely it will not sleep through the night. Most young pups master a sleep routine after sixteen weeks, but you can get him to sleep through the night even sooner.
The dog’s crate should be a place where he can safely rest and regularly take a nap. Use the crate whenever the pup needs to take a nap, whether it is during the day or at night.
Make sure you feed your puppy and allow him to use the bathroom before bedtime and do not give in to whining. Allow your pup out of his crate at least once or twice at night for him to relieve himself. Teach him that immediately he is out of the crate, he goes to the bathroom.
Nighttime for a new puppy in a new environment can be challenging. You will have to adjust your sleeping routine for the first few weeks before you lock down a regular sleeping pattern for your puppy. Do not get discouraged or frustrated.
It takes time when you are trying to get your puppy sleep through the night. You will have a few bad nights as well as some good and peaceful ones. With patience, persistence, and consistency, your puppy will soon establish a bedtime routine.