Puppies with Sleeping Problems

Just like babies, puppies have trouble sleeping through the night. Sometimes they will wake up and bark or whine while other times they will wake up and want to play. They have no idea what the difference is between day and night when it comes to having fun. It’s your job to get his sleeping pattern in check so you both can have a good night’s sleep and wake up ready to face a new day.

Just Like a Momma Dog
When a litter of pups is born, the first thing a momma dog does is set boundaries for her babies. It’s an innate response for puppies to look to their leader for direction and although it may not seem like it, they really do want to have a routine. This includes eating, playing, bathing, and of course, sleeping. By establishing a routine and creating healthy patterns for your puppy, you are creating a path into his world and helping him to learn and grow into a useful, obedient, and happy dog. Without a clear set of rules, you will have infinite problems when it comes to leadership and respect between the both of you.

Regular Potty Training Habits
If you want your dog to sleep through the night, you’ll have to establish a regular potty-training routine which allows him to finish all his bathroom duties before bed time. Don’t feed him any more than three hours before bed time. This allows him to digest his food and get outside in plenty of time to settle in for bed. Once it is two hours before bed, take away the water bowl. Then, at bed time, allow him to go outside once more. If you are consistent with this routine, he should easily pick up on it and be comfortable throughout the night.

Crate Training Your Pup
The most important aspect of training your dog to do anything at all is to crate train him. Once you have a dog crate that is his size and is comfortable, use it for all it’s worth. During the day, allow him to have naps in it and at night, allow him to sleep in it. A crate is like a den; you may see it as harsh but if used properly, dogs love having them. Crates provide a sense of ownership and security for dogs like a den would in the wild. Never use it as a form of punishment and always praise him when he’s inside and your dog will grow to really love his crate. Keep the crate in your bedroom if your pup needs to be close to you to be quiet. If he reacts well, there is no harm in keeping the crate in your room. However, if he persists with the whining, move it to the kitchen. Either way, stick it out because it will pay off in the end.

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Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson is the Outreach Specialist at PetMeds and works with the PetMeds Cares donations program. She has loved animals as long as she can remember and has worked in several veterinary offices in the past as a veterinary technician. She has one cat, a middle-aged tabby/tortie from a south Florida cat rescue. You can also find Erin on Google+.

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