If you have a new puppy in your home, you're probably hoping that it will start sleeping through the night soon. Having a new puppy in the home is a lot like having a new baby. Lots of sleepless nights, followed by daytime exhaustion. Luckily, the sleepless nights won't last forever. With some tender loving care and gentle persuasion, your puppy will soon be sleeping through the night. Here are four suggestions you can follow that will make the process easier.
Training a new puppy to sleep through the night is a process that requires a bit of patience. While it would be nice if they developed a good sleep habit overnight, the fact is that it will take them some time. In fact, your puppy probably won't start sleeping through the night until it's at least 12 weeks old. Not only that, but your puppy will also need to get used to its new home – and family – before it will be able to develop a normal nighttime sleep pattern.
Avoid Late Night Snacks
If you're in the habit of giving your puppy a late-night snack or drink of water, you'll need to change that. Those late-night nibbles and drinks could be triggering the need for a bathroom break in the middle of the night. To help your puppy sleep through the night, remove the food and water bowls several hours before bedtime. This will allow your puppy to digest its food prior to bedtime.
Work Out the Wiggles
If your puppy is a boundless ball of energy at bedtime, it's not going to go to sleep anytime soon. The best way to help your puppy fall asleep, and stay asleep each night, is to give it a good workout before bed. Give your puppy time to work out the wiggles. Take it outside for a romp, take it for a walk around the block, or just wrestle with it in the family room. The exercise will tire your puppy out so that it will get to sleep faster.
Schedule a Bedtime Bathroom Break
If your puppy isn't going outside for a bathroom break right before bedtime, chances are pretty good that it's going to wake up in the middle of the night. That means you'll need to leave your warm bed to take it outside. To avoid that, schedule a bathroom break right before you retire for the night.
Now that you have your new puppy, use the tips provided here to help it sleep through the night. If you continue to have problems getting your puppy to sleep, talk to your veterinarian. There may be health issues that are interfering with your puppies sleep patterns. To learn more, contact a company like Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital.