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  • How to Get A Puppy to Sleep Through the Night?

    Nobody tells you this but sleeping with a puppy is tough. You have to be
    careful so as to not wake your puppy up. You have to be as careful as if you
    have a newborn baby sleeping in your room.  And finally, when your puppy
    sleeps through the night, it feels like a victory.</strong ></em >

    So how do you get your puppy to sleep through the night? Before I answer that
    question, do you know why your puppy is not sleeping well? This could be why.

    Reasons Why Your Puppy Isn’t Sleeping Well

    1. No potty breaks

    Puppies need time to develop the self-control for potty training. They either
    have to hold their pee in until you take them out for a walk. The older your
    puppy gets, the longer she can hold her pee in. For example, a 3-year dog can
    hold her pee for 3 hours, 4-year old for 4 hours, and so on. However, during the
    night, puppies are unaware of such bathroom breaks. And so they pee whenever
    they feel like. Either waking you up so that you take her out into the yard. Or
    compel you to clean up the mess at home itself.

    2. Not enough physical activity throughout the day

    Simply said, they’re just not tired! Puppies are quite excited and playful. So
    their up-time can beat their down-time. However, if they sleep way too much
    throughout the day. This could mean they’re up for longer through the night. You
    need to maintain a healthy balance between snoozing time and playtime. If that
    doesn’t happen, all the pent up energy would cause anxiousness and insomnia in
    your dog. Forcing them to stay up and become stressed.

    3. Boredom

    Separation anxiety rings true for puppies. Especially if it’s only been a few
    days since you brought them home. They’re not accustomed to this new
    environment. And if they had other puppy friends back in their old home, it
    could get rough. New puppies sometimes cry or whine when they’re lonely. The
    best thing to do is to comfort them or give them a toy to chew to change their
    mind.

    How to Get A Puppy to Sleep Through the Night

    Once you know why your puppy is not sleeping through the night. These steps will
    help you help your puppy. They’re simple, effective, and don’t require any sort
    of medication! Just do the little things that could possibly make a difference.
    And if still, it doesn’t change, take her to a vet.

    1. Stimulate them mentally and physically

    Sometimes all puppies need is more excitement and challenges. If you’ve
    adopted a high-energy dog, this could prove useful. Keeping a puppy’s mind and
    body engaged for at least 60-120 minutes a day is essential. If you’re not
    around during the day to do that, keep a dog nanny. Yeah, that’s right! Someone
    who could take care of your pup and make play-time more physically and mentally
    engaging. This will completely tire your pup by nighttime. And who knows, she
    might snore louder than you!

    2. Potty training them before bed

    Want to know how to get a puppy to sleep through the night? This is one of the
    best things to do. Making sure their bladder is empty before sleeping. I mean,
    don’t you pee first before sleeping? A full tummy won’t ever let you sleep. And
    puppies poop and pee round the clock. So you can make it a daily routine for
    your puppy. Take her for a walk around your block every night before going to
    bed. Not only will this potty train your puppy, but she’ll also be exhausted by
    the time you come back home.

    3. Don’t overexcite the puppy after dark

    On days you don’t get to see your dog till late at night, make sure you’re calm.
    Puppies pick up on their parent’s energies. So if you’re calm, your pup will
    stay calm. If you’re extremely excited or agitated, ditto! Ensure a calm and
    cozy environment for your puppy to sleep in. But not directly before sleeping as
    if switching off the excitement plug. Gradually, over the course of 2 hours,
    give in to this method. You’ll notice your puppy relaxing and getting ready for
    bed too.

    4. Crate training is essential

    Pets tend to sleep less when they’re around their favorite parent. So purchasing
    a crate for them to sleep in is ideal. You’re not around to watch her sleep. And
    she’s not looking at you puzzled or excited as well. Make sure you cozy up the
    crate and keep it comfortable. So comfortable that you’d want to sleep in it.
    However, keep the crate close to you so your puppy feels at home. After a few
    months, if you’d like to keep a dog room, you can move the crate to that room.
    It’s essential and important for your dog to learn how to be alone at home. This
    could be the first step in that direction.

    5. Take them for night potty breaks

    If your pup, in spite of emptying her bladder before bed, is uneasy and not
    sleeping. You might have to adjust a little a bit. This means waking up to take
    her outside just to pee or poop. And the best part about this is that your puppy
    will wake you up. All thanks to the potty training you’ve been giving her before
    going to bed. So you calmly take her outside and let her do her business. Then
    bring her back in, give her a pat on her head, and snooze. Trust me this works
    wonders! Just don’t excite your puppy when you’re taking her out. It’s not
    play-time, it’s pee-time! Make sure you use the phrases “good girl” and “such a
    good dog” after she pees and poops. It’s rewarding for your puppy to hear these
    kind words said gently. And it’s the best thing to do for potty training. You
    could also sneak in a treat or two if you’re really proud!

    The Wrap-Up

    Learn to be a responsible, compassionate, and empathetic pet parent. These
    qualities go a long way to keeping your puppy healthy and happy. And if your
    puppy is happy, so are you! Surviving the first night with your puppy is hard
    enough as it is. They’re lonely, confused, and scared. But these tips will keep
    things smooth and comfortable. For you and the new puppy in your home. Learn
    these simple steps on how to get a puppy to sleep through the night right. It’s
    not that hard once you know the basics of how to care for dogs.

    Source: The Pet Town