Canines may not be on the list of nocturnal animals, but it sure does feel like it when you have a puppy in the home. Whether they’re trying to adjust to their new environment, missing their mom or siblings, or have to take a midnight potty break, there are plenty of reasons why your lil’ doggo might not be sleeping through the whole night.
Where Is The Best Place For My Puppy To Sleep?
Once your puppy grows up a little and becomes more accustomed to their space, you can give them more freedom where they sleep. Until then, the best place for a new puppy to sleep is in a crate. If you start crate training early, it teaches them that their crate is their safe space or home base they can always retreat to. To make your new puppy feel more comfortable, you can keep your crate in your bedroom to remind him you’re still near.
Tips To Help Your Puppy Sleep Better
Keep in mind, the younger your puppy, the harder it’s going to be for them to sleep through the night. A straight eight hours of rest may not be realistic for you until a few months into puppy ownership, but there are ways you can promote restful sleep for your puppy, so they stay conked out as long as possible.
Take them out to potty right before bed
One major reason is that a puppy can’t sleep through the night simply because their bladder can’t take it. They can’t hold it, and they don’t want to urinate all over their sleep space. As a general rule of thumb, a puppy can hold their pee for as many hours as their age (i.e., three months old = 3 hours). As such, make sure you’re taking your puppy out to use the bathroom as close to bedtime as possible.
Make their crate cozy and comfy
They’ll be spending all night in their crate, so make it as comforting as possible!
- Give them a toy to chew on to help soothe them if they have trouble falling asleep.
- Stock their crate with a cozy blanket. If you have one from the shelter you adopted them from, or better yet, a blanket from the time they spent with their siblings/mom, it can be beneficial to use those for the comforting, familiar scent.
- If it’s hot or summertime, a breathable blanket or towel might be more comfortable so they don’t overheat.
- Cover the top of their crate at night so light doesn’t disturb their sleep. Just like humans, a dog’s sleep-cycle can be dictated by melatonin production, and light has a large effect on that.
Help them burn out their energy
You and your chewed-up slipper know all too well how much energy your new puppy has, and it’s your responsibility to help them release that energy. You should spend at least 10-20 minutes a day exercising your puppy, whether that be through walking them around the block or playing fetch. This will help ensure they are low-energy when bedtime comes around.
You can also play brain games with your pooch to help work out their mind during the day. You can dedicate time to training, or it can be as simple as feeding them in a puzzle food bowl. It’ll get them to use their brain and teach them how to eat slower.
Stay calm around bedtime
Promote a calm, relaxing environment around bedtime, so your puppy doesn’t confuse bedtime with playtime. The last thing you want is to get them riled up before bed. About half an hour before you go to sleep, practice a regular bedtime routine to help signal that it’s time to wind down for bed.
Don’t aid them every time they cry
Similar to a newborn baby, it’s important to teach your puppy self-soothing techniques, so they don’t expect you to come running every time they whine or bark. If you know your dog is taken care of and they’ve been out to use the bathroom, you don’t have to hop out of bed quite yet. It might be difficult, especially the first few nights, but you don’t want to grow up thinking they can bark whenever they want Mom or Dad’s attention.
When To Expect Your Puppy To Sleep Through The Night
Most puppies will take around three to four months until they’re fully settled in and able to sleep throughout the night. One of the primary culprits for nighttime disturbances will be a full bladder, so the sooner you get your pup potty trained, the closer you’ll both be to getting a full night’s rest.