“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”
Roger A. Caras
Adopting and bringing home a puppy is as exciting as it gets! Puppies are our newborn babies. They are adorable to cuddle, play with it, and adore. But they get tired; they cry and can even throw tantrums now and then.
We have to make sure that their new home is comfy for them, and they can sleep in an environment that allows them a good night’s rest. Just like humans, dogs stay active during the day and prefer sleeping at night. Even though they may take frequent naps during the day, at night, they go into an extended and more in-depth sleep. It’s essential to get your puppy in a routine, this would help your puppy adjust better, and you can develop a closer bond with your puppy right from the beginning.
With a little bit of foresight, planning, and dedication to routine and training, you can have your puppy sleeping well and throughout the night in just a few days.
Prepping Your Puppy for Bed
Just like we have our face masks, and early night readings to help us get to bed, having a routine with your puppy can help him prepare for bed and also have something to look forward to that can be associated with his bedtime.
Give Your Pup Plenty of Opportunity to Exercise
“A tired dog is a good dog!” Make sure that in the afternoon and evening, your puppy gets the exercise he needs. Keeping active during the day will help him have a sound sleep at night. You can do this by stimulating your puppy’s mental and cognitive skills with activities and dog toys.
Keep Calm around Bedtime
After a game of fetch or tug-of-war with different pet toys or dog chews that keep your puppy active during the day, make sure that around 45 minutes or so before bed, you and your puppy calm down.
Make Sure Your Pup Has Relieved Themselves before Bed
Before bed, make your puppy go out for a short time to relieve themselves so they have an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
Try Soothing Sounds
Before bed, playing a bit of classical music can help alleviate any anxiety that the puppy is feeling and can also help block out noises that would disturb sleep or rouse your puppy.
A Safe and Comfy Space to Rest for your Puppy
Your puppy needs a comfortable place to rest. Baby blankets do wonders here. Soft blankets that radiate warmth and a sense of cosines are perfect for a puppy to snooze on.
Keep it Zen and Comfy
If your puppy sleeps in a crate, make sure it is covered with soft blankets. Additionally, you can also place some of your pup’s favorite dog toys right alongside him during the night. It would help your puppy feel secure and safe. With fuzzy blankets and plush dog toys, the bed of your puppy will feel more welcoming.
If your puppy is really young, then a blanket or any other pet toy that was used by their mother. A blanket or dog toy with the scent of the mother or littermates would help them adjust and feel right at home every night. Before you bring your puppy home, you could also send a pet toy to your puppy in advance to ease into the transition to his new home.
The crate can be placed near your bed in an area close to you.
“Your puppy will fall asleep when you fall asleep because he’s right there next to you. He can smell you. If he starts crying, you can put your hand next to him.”
Being close to your puppy and sleeping in close proximity helps him develop a closer bond with you and will also help him feel less lonely for his mother.
Learn to Be a Morning Person
You are bringing a new member of the family into your home. Commit to your new puppy, and adjust your schedule to accommodate theirs. Puppies, just like children, tend to wake up around 5:30 in the morning naturally. It is best to adjust and adapt to the timing- which would also be good for you. And as the puppy gets older, he may adapt to your schedule as well once he gets to know you better.
Having a puppy is a commitment. It is an investment for happiness that gives immediate returns. With pet toys, dog chews, and warm blankets, you can create a warm and loving home for your new puppy to help them sleep better.