Bedtime for a dog can be extremely challenging, but with just a little discipline, you and your pet can be on your way to sweet dreams in no time. Here are a handful of tips to help you get better shuteye.
- Establish a designated doggie sleeping place. This could be a dog bed, kennel or crate. Lead your dog there with a treat to connect a positive reward with his sleeping area.
- Make it cozy and quiet. If your dog is having trouble sleeping, give him a warm blanket. Ambient noise – like low music or a ticking clock – is also great for helping to lull a puppy to sleep and drowning out noises that may otherwise keep him awake.
- Make your bedroom invitation-only. If you allow your dog to share your bed, make sure he only enters the room or bed when invited. This shows him that you’re in charge, and that bedtime routines will be determined by you.
- Give your dog plenty of exercise. If he’s worn out from playtime or a good long walk, your dog will settle down more easily at bedtime, which will make the process less stressful for you both. A tired dog is a good dog.
- Stick to a routine. Feed your dog dinner early in the evening and make sure the hour leading up to bedtime is calm so your puppy is relaxed. Always be sure to give him a chance to use the bathroom right before bed.
Keeping these tips in mind and sticking to a nightly routine will lead to more restful nights for both you and your pet.