How to get your puppy to sleep through the night

Will I ever get my puppy to sleep through the night?

Puppy sleeping through the nightIf you're asking yourself this question, then you're definitely not alone. Getting your dog to sleep through the night can be a challenge for many pet owners.

It's important to remember that your puppy living with you is a big change to what they're used to. But have faith, you can get your pet to sleep through the night.


Tips to help your puppy sleep through the night

Whether your dog is a puppy or an adult dog, there are a few things you can do to help them get a good night's rest. 

  • Crate training a puppy 

One effective technique is to use a crate in the bedroom, and then gradually move the crate out of the bedroom over time.

How to crate train your puppy:
  1. How to crate train your puppyThe first step is to place the crate in the bedroom where you and your dog sleep. This will help your dog feel more comfortable and secure as they adjust to sleeping in the crate.
  2. As your dog becomes more comfortable sleeping in the crate, you can begin to move the crate out of the bedroom. Start by moving the crate just outside of the bedroom door.
  3. Gradually move it further and further away until it's in a different room of the house. This gradual process will help your dog to adjust to sleeping in a different location, and will also help to prevent them from feeling anxious or stressed.
  • Puppy Heartbeat Toy

Another technique that you can try is to use a heartbeat teddy. This is a special stuffed animal that mimics the sound of a heartbeat and can help to soothe and calm your dog.

Many dogs find the sound of a heartbeat to be very comforting, and it can help them to relax and fall asleep. You can place the teddy near or inside the crate so your dog can snuggle up with it.

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  • Cover the crate

Covering your dog's crate while they sleep can provide a sense of security and comfort, reduce noise, and regulate the temperature inside the crate.

It can also create a sense of privacy which can help them feel more at ease. It's important to observe if your dog feels more relaxed and calm with the crate covered or not, as the needs and preferences might vary for each dog.

  • Get your puppy to sleep through the nightCreate a routine

It is also important to establish a routine before bed, the same routine every night, such as a walk and playtime, will help your dog to relax and get ready for bed.

  • Make sure you puppy has had plenty of exercise

As well as being necessary for your puppy's development, getting plenty of exercise can also help them sleep better at night.

Consider playing with them again for 10-20 minutes a couple of times in the evening. Games like tug-of-war or fetch are great options.

This will tire them out and keep them healthy, which will ultimately help them sleep better at night.

  • Playing Calming Music

Another technique you can try to help your dog sleep through the night is to play calming sounds. This can include playing mellow music or nature sounds, like the sound of rainfall or ocean waves. Classical music is also a popular choice, as it has been shown to have a calming effect on dogs.

The idea is that the sound of music or nature sounds can help to lull your dog to sleep, while also masking any other sounds that may be in the environment that could wake them up. 

This technique can also be helpful during the day if your dog gets anxious or stressed easily!

Settling a puppy into their new home

Settling a puppy into a new homeWith a little patience and consistency, you can help your dog to get a good night's sleep and enjoy peaceful nights with your furry friend.

Remember, the key is to be patient, consistent and to start slow, your dog will adjust over time.

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