Like babies, all of the puppies don't know how to take a toilet as well as sleep at the right time when they have just come to your house. In particular, sleeping can be a more challenging task because waking up many times in one night makes your dog get the sleep deprivation, leading to other problems.
Thus, your task is to train them to help their sleep as well as protect yourself away from your dog's whimpering and moaning. My tips below can support you
4 great tips to help your puppy sleep better:
1. Train a potty break
Give your dog a walk before sleeping. Take it out to provide it a walk, not just work on your laptop or watch TV. It is a way to give your dog a potty break. Plus, before going to bed, you also need to do this again. Keep this rule in mind, if you don't want to clean a mess on the next morning
Note: don't let your dog drink too much water before sleeping. Make sure it doesn't have water about 2 hours before bedtime. However, don't limit the consumed water amount if it is in the treatment of the medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus or heart disease
2. Provide your dog a lot of physical activities:
Dogs are a kind of active pet. Thus, before bedtime, it's very essential for your dog to minimize energy for interrupted sleep. The time of exercise varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the different breed, weight as well as age.
In sum, giving your dog a long walk is the best method to help it have a deep sleep at its bedtime. Moreover, this way is useful to help the dog digest foods properly, no appearing any uncomfortable symptoms to interrupt its sleep
3. Set up the sleeping routine:
This creates consistency in behavior for your dog. At a certain time in a day, your pet will sleep and repeat this behavior every day. How to make a sleeping routine is to take your dog out at the same time every day to train potty break, for example. You also can follow a certain order like taking a walk, drinking plenty of water, then making a good brushing. This is considered as a clear signal for bedtime.
Pay attention not to give it too much exercise or let it take part in physical activity too long. It can understand that you spend a whole day just to let it go to sleep. Yet, what you will do should be based on the daily routine of your dog unless you want to cause excitability during the day and night because of too many fluctuations.
4. Make a comfortable sleeping environment:
Where your dog sleep must meet the standards of comfort, dryness, room temperature, and safety. For instance, that room isn't too hot or cold. If in a pretty cold environment, you should add a heating pad or a good pet chilling pad. On the contrary, you can open a small fan in where your dog sleeps.
At night, that area shouldn't have lighting and noise. However, you can place a softly ticking clock, fan near to its bed or open a gentle song to make a few peaceful white noises which take your dog to the sleep easier.
The most important thing is a combo of comfortable bed and blanket that can directly impact on its sleep at night. You should pick up a dog bed that can support well its head, neck, hips, spine, and legs. When it has been in the sleep, try not to disturb.
Some special cases as follows:
- If your dog reacts to the sounds which you even can't hear, perhaps there are the appearances of strange critters in your house. In this case, you need the help of the professional pest control service to check if there is any rodents or infestations.
- In case you own a senior dog that has a diminished vision or a nervous one wanting to sleep with lighting, you should minimize its anxiety by a dim night light.
- The older dogs usually have the symptoms of dementia like sundowner's syndrome (confusing day and night), so you should refer to the advice of your vet.
- For dogs with the trouble sleeping, you had better let it sleep in a dog crate. Don't forget to prepare some things inside such as a blanket, a bowl of water and some treats.
If after you are done all tips above, but your dog still doesn't have a deep sleep at night, I highly recommend you make an appointment with your vet. Perhaps he/she can give you some helpful advice to help your puppy sleep better.