Who doesn’t love a cute, sleepy puppy?
But getting them to sleep through the night so you can sleep can be a challenge, especially during the first couple of weeks.
Like a baby, a puppy needs time to develop and learn how to sleep fully through a night. Not all puppies are the same and some take longer than others to sleep through the night.
Most dog experts will recommend crate training as the best method for sleep-training. Your puppy will learn that his crate is his “safe’ space. You can make his crate comfortable for him by making it a soft and quiet space. It is recommended that you buy a crate that is large enough for him to turn around one, but not too large where he feels insecure. You can buy a crate that is adjustable so you can adjust the size as he grows. Whatever you do, do not make your puppy feel like being in his crate is punishment.
You can keep his crate near your room so he can be near you during the night. Don’t be worried about his crying, it is normal (hard to listen to of course). It is important to let your puppy learn to settle himself down.
It is very important that your puppy have plenty of exercise during the day as well as go on walks if he has been vaccinated. This will help make him tired and sleep better.
Another suggestion is to minimize your puppy’s food intake and water intake too close to bed.
You may notice that your puppy likes to nap a lot, especially after dinner. If you are able to stop your puppy from napping, or from taking too long of a nap, and get him to play, he should be sleepier at bed time and hopefully sleep longer during the night.
As with any type of dog training, consistency is important. Try to keep the same bedtime routine and put your puppy in his crate for bedtime and take him out at the same time every morning.