How to Help Your New Puppy Sleep Through the Night

By Valdette Muller| February 28, 2018 | Blog

Puppies are adorable and lots of fun, but just like us they prefer the safety and comfort of their family’s company and dislike being separated.

Please note that when bringing a new puppy home, it is important we understand this puppy has never been separated from their mother and has spent all it’s life surrounded by the warm bodies of it’s mother and siblings.

What should I expect on my puppy’s first night at home?

Your puppy’s first night will probably go one of two ways: Your puppy will be totally exhausted from the excitement of the day and go right to sleep, or will have trouble settling in and wake up during the night.

It should be no surprise that the puppy will feel some initial anxiety and grief after being separated from its mother. It is a normal part of getting used to a new home and a new family, and should be given the most amount of patience and care needed. Especially when it comes to getting your puppy sleeping through the night.

Most puppies are not able to sleep through the night when they first come to their new home, but almost all puppies sleep through the night by the time they are about 16 weeks old.

5 Steps to ensure a good sleep routine.

Step 1:

Make sure your puppy gets plenty of activity before the evening sets in and before the time starts to wind down. This helps them to get rid of excess energy and can make them more tired before they go to sleep and should prevent them from having a restless night. This may not work at first for most puppies but it can help as the long term solution as your puppy gets older.

Step 2:

Create a good sleeping environment for your puppy by placing its bed near your own or in a room that you can easily get to if your puppy starts crying in the middle of the night.

It is important that your puppy does not feel isolated, keeping your puppy close by through the night will also help your puppy feel secure when it starts feeling anxious.

As crying is to be expected, you must not respond to crying or reward it with attention (positive or negative) as otherwise your puppy will come to learn that crying gets results. If the crying persists, use the “no” command

Step 3:

Make sure your puppy’s bed or crate is supplied with warm bedding or blankets. You can have a heating pad in the corner of the bed so that your puppy can cuddle in a warmer part of their bed.

You can even place a clock to create a rhythmic ticking noise in the room, put a soft radio on or get a white noise machine to play through the night as this helps soothe and calm the atmosphere while the puppy sleeps.

Step 4:

Establish a bed time routine with your puppy.

  • Make sure that your puppy has had a chance to urinate and defecate right before bedtime, so that your puppy does not find them-self needing to urinate at night and so you don’t end up having to clean up after your puppy in the morning. If you are worried about a mess in the room while you are asleep M-Pets Carbon Training Pads do encourage puppies to rather urinate on them. They are super absorbent and ensure that your floors and carpets are not ruined by urinary stains.
  • Feed your puppy dinner about 3 hours before bedtime as this will help give your puppy plenty of time to digest the food before it is time to sleep.
  • Try to keep an hour or so before bedtime nice and calm which will help set the tone for your puppy and the sleep to come.
  • If your puppy is overly anxious, try giving them Adaptil which is a product that replicates the pheromones of a nursing mother dog and may help settle your puppy by reducing anxiety.

Step 5:

Patience is one of the many important parts in training your puppy to sleep through the night. Most puppies will sleep through the night by the time they’re about 4 months (16 weeks) of age. But with some help, diligence, and proactive training, you may be able to get your puppy there even earlier.




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