88 Tips and Tricks to Get your Puppy to Sleep Through the Night
If there is one thing your puppy probably does not care about it is your sleeping schedule. After all, your puppy’s sleeping schedule is much different from your own. Especially in the beginning, a puppy sleeps when he gets tired and wakes up when he has to pee. Which can be at 3am or 5pm, your puppy does not care. You might have prepared for sleepless nights now but of course you do not want to keep going through that for the rest of your dog’s life. This is why you should try to change your puppy’s sleeping schedule towards your own slowly. There are different steps you can take to make sure this will happen. For now, you do have to accept that getting up in the middle of the night is part of the deal.
House training your puppy is also a very important part that is necessary to your puppy’s sleeping schedule. The house training will set the pace for a lot of things. If your puppy is not able to hold is pee for a few hours yet, he will not be able to sleep through the night. You have to understand that these two aspects of training a puppy go hand in hand.
123Tinki.com can help you to survive the night during the first few weeks with your puppy. Our Tinki Academy is designed to help you with all the aspects of raising a dog, including those first nights at home when you have just picked up your puppy from the breeder. Some puppies will take longer to train or get used to things than others. This all depends on a lot of different factors like your puppy’s breed, his personality, the effort of his breeder and of course your own time and effort. Every puppy is different and every owner is different, take your time and put as much love and effort into it as you can. Be patient and eventually you will both get there.
- A puppy does not care about a sleeping schedule, he sleeps when he wants to and wakes up when he needs to
- There are certain steps you can take to make sure your puppy’s sleeping schedule will slowly adapt to yours
- House training and sleeping through the night go hand in hand
- 123Tinki.com can help you to survive the night during the first few weeks with your puppy at home
- Some puppies take longer than others, every puppy is different
- Be patient and have faith, eventually you will get there
How much do puppies sleep?
Puppies sleep a lot, which they have to! Compared to us humans, even adult dogs still sleep a lot. For puppies, sleeping a lot is necessary because everything they experience throughout the day will have to be processed in their sleep. All the new smells, activities, people, other dogs or even simply roaming around the new home. Everything your puppy does has an effect on his sleep. Just like we can fall asleep easily after an intense day, a puppy will have that too. And a puppy’s day is already intense when he met a new person or learned to play a new game with you. After a while, this need to sleep will slowly decrease but they will still sleep a lot. On average a puppy sleeps about 18 hours a day, an adult dog still sleeps about 12 hours. Of course this number can still be different for every puppy. Maybe your puppy seems perfectly well rested after 18 hours of sleep while your neighbors new puppy really needs 19 hours or more. It really depends on the puppy and what he does all day!
After a few days you will see that your puppy is used to somewhat of a schedule, which you can anticipate quite well. Usually a puppy will wake up, needs to pee, has to eat, wants to sleep again, wakes up, has to pee again, wants to play, has to pee again, falls back to sleep and so on and on. This still depends on your puppy but one thing that counts for every puppy is that after they have slept for a while or played around heavily, they will have to pee!
Of course you want your puppy to be well rested but how do you notice? Over exhausted puppies can be annoying and not getting enough sleep regularly can lead to behavioral problems that can last into adulthood. This is something you don’t really want to happen but there are enough things you can do about them. Puppies that sleep too much could be suffering from a medical problem which you have to exclude first. Whatever your puppy is like, there are enough things you can do to get him to sleep through the night eventually!
- Compared to humans, puppies sleep a lot!
- Everything they experience gets processed in their sleep
- Especially in the beginning puppies will sleep a lot
- This need for sleep will slowly decrease but even adult dogs still sleep a lot more than humans
- A puppy sleeps about 18 hours or more a day
- Puppies quickly fall into a rhythm of sleeping → peeing → eating → playing → sleeping
- Over exhausted puppies can be quite annoying and missing too much sleep regularly can lead to behavioral problems which could last into adulthood
Do puppies sleep through the night?
In the beginning they will probably not sleep through the night. Especially the first night is often too stressful for a young puppy to sleep through. Your puppy has left his siblings, mother and breeder and has to get used to the new home. It is understandable that he is too scared or stressed to sleep. Besides that, young puppies have such small bladders that holding pee for a few hours is quite hard and almost impossible. Your puppy has to learn it all first. He has to learn that this is his new home, that he is safe here, that you are to be trusted, that peeing is done outside and so many more things. Have faith that your puppy will understand soon enough and keep training at your puppy’s pace. Accept that neither you nor your puppy will sleep through the first night, or first few nights.
- Your puppy will probably not sleep through the night
- Puppies still need to learn a lot first
- Everything your puppy encounters is new
- Young puppies have small bladders which withholds them from holding pee for the whole night
- Accept that neither you nor your puppy will sleep much during the first night(s)
Getting the puppy to sleep in the first night
During the first night your puppy could be missing the place he was born and grew up in a lot, which is understandable. His siblings that he played around with, his mother he could cuddle up to and the breeder that took care of him. The family he has now come home to is completely new and different. To help your puppy feel less lonely you can put his crate beside your own bed on the first night. A high cardboard box that the puppy cannot climb out of will also do. By putting this box or crate beside your bed you will be able to let your puppy know you are still there for him. You have not left him.
If having your puppy sleep beside your bed is not an option there are other things you can do as well. To make your puppy’s first night as comfortable as possible you can try to recreate his nest at the breeder. Stuffed animals and blankets will imitate his siblings and putting a hot water bottle in a blanket can recreate the feeling of his mother’s warm body. There are even special toys that heat up and imitate heartbeat, this can really help an anxious puppy to feel less lonely and to help him settle down quicker.
One thing that can make your puppy cry at night is his need to pee. It is important to be ahead of this. If you are a heavy sleeper it is good to set an alarm to make sure you wake up on time to walk your puppy. If you open the crate when your puppy is already crying your puppy could think this is the best way to get you to open the crate. Whatever you do, do not respond to your puppy’s cries unless he must have a really good reason for them. If you just took your puppy out to pee and he is now crying again, his cries will probably not be because he has to pee. Your puppy is simply trying to get you to come down. The sound of your puppy’s cries can give you a good indication of why he is crying.
- Put the crate or a high cardboard box next to your bed on the first night
- Make the crate as comfortable as possible with stuffed animals, blankets and a hot water bottle to recreate the warmth of the mother dog’s body
- There are special toys available that heat up and imitate heartbeat
- Take your puppy outside during the night to let him pee
- Make sure you are ahead of his cries
- Do not open the crate when your puppy is crying, only if he has a really good reason for it
- Prepare yourself for heavy tantrums, then it can only be better
- The sound of your puppy’s cries can give you a good indication of why he is crying
When can puppies sleep through the night without peeing?
You have to understand that puppies have small bladders, which cannot hold much pee for a very long time. Just like you have to take your puppy outside several times a day, you cannot expect him to suddenly hold it in at night. When the time comes that your puppy is eventually able to sleep through the night depends on several factors. One thing is of course your puppy himself, it depends on his development. Some puppies simply take longer than others. Your effort on the house training also plays a big role. But even when you are making a big effort to get your puppy housebroken, your puppy could still simply take a bit longer. This something you will have to accept and work on. Eventually, every dog will get it.
Usually, at 12-16 weeks most puppies will be able to hold their pee throughout the night. This still does not mean your puppy will do the same, every puppy is different. Stick to your puppy’s pace and have faith. If it seems as if you are doing everything your can on the house training and your puppy is still making mistakes, you will have to exclude medical problems first. Get in touch with your veterinarian to check your puppy’s health.
- Sleeping through the night depends on several factors
- It depends on your puppy’s development and the house training
- Puppies have small bladders and cannot hold pee for a very long time, especially in the beginning
- At 12-16 weeks lots of puppies are able to hold it through the night but every puppy is different of course
- Always keep training at your puppy’s pace, patience is key!
- If you cannot seem to housetrain your puppy, exclude medical problems first
How to make my puppy sleep through the night
To get your puppy to sleep through the night eventually you have to start slow. Do not expect your puppy to just sleep on the first night. Your puppy has been taken from the home he knew and still has to get used to everything surrounding him now. To help your puppy you can put his crate or a high cardboard box beside your own bed on the first night. If your puppy starts whimpering or being restless, you can let your hand slip into the crate and calm him down. When this happens, do not put too much emphasis on the situation. Only let your puppy know you are still there, have not left him but at the same time show him that it is time for rest. Do not make a big deal about putting your puppy in his crate either. You can say something like ‘time for bed’ but keep it normal and calm. By making a fuss about things you will only make your puppy more nervous or too excited. Stay calm and and lie down. Make sure you have taken your puppy out to pee right before going to bed.
Expecting your puppy to sleep through the night is not realistic. Your puppy has a small bladder so will have to pee after a few hours. Take your puppy out a few times during the night, after a while you can slowly extend these times. To make sure your puppy does not pee inside his crate you have to make sure the crate has the right size. A good crate training is also essential. If your puppy’s crate is too big, he will use a corner of it too pee in. If it is the right size, your puppy will not want to soil his own sleeping spot and try to do anything he can to be let out when he really has to pee. The first thing your do in the morning is take your puppy out for a walk.
- Start slow with the crate or a high cardboard box beside your bed
- Your puppy will be missing his siblings, mother and everything else that was once familiar
- Take your puppy outside before you go to bed
- Put your puppy in his crate and do not make a big deal out of it
- Stay calm yourself and lie down
- Confine your puppy in his sleeping spot so he will not use a corner of it to pee in
- Dogs will not want to soil their sleeping spot
- As soon as you wake up in the morning, take your puppy outside to pee
Make the bed more comfortable
It is true that puppies can pretty much fall asleep anywhere. Especially if the puppy is really tired, falling asleep on the tiled floor with his head in a weird angle propped up on a toy will be no problem. But when it comes to the puppy’s own place, his own sleeping spot, he does need one. Your puppy needs to be able to have a place to retreat to, a place that is his own where he will not be disturbed.
Your puppy will sleep better in a comfortable bed but comfort is not only about soft blankets and toys. To dogs, the place where the bed is in is also of a lot of influence. Whatever you use, a crate or a bed, make sure it is as comfortable as possible. You can use blankets and stuffed animals to recreate the feeling of siblings and mother. Your puppy can cuddle up to those to feel more secure. What is very important is that the crate or bed is in a calm spot where the puppy can relax. Make sure it is a spot that allows your puppy to still oversee everything but to also retreat and get rest. Sleeping alone will be new to your puppy so he has to get used to this. You can imitate the feeling of the puppy’s mother’s body with a hot water bottle as well to make the puppy feel even more secure.
- Puppies can pretty much fall asleep anywhere
- But they do need their own spot to retreat to
- It does not matter if the dog’s sleeping spot is a bed or a crate, as long as it is comfortable
- You can make the place more comfortable with blankets and toys
- Comfort is not only about fluffy toys and soft blankets
- The place where the crate is, is also important
- Make sure the place is calm
- You can recreate the feeling of the mother dog with a hot water bottle
Mental and physical stimulation
Just like humans, puppies sleep better when they are tired. To get a puppy tired you will have to make sure he gets enough mental and physical stimulation. Take in mind how tired we can be after a day of hard work, no matter if that was physical labour or not. It can really tire you out.
A well balanced puppy needs enough stimulation throughout the day, make sure you can give that. Besides taking your puppy on the appropriate amount of walks and playing with him you can also stimulate your puppy mentally. All the socialization that happens throughout the day can really tire a puppy. If you feel like your puppy got enough physical activity but does not seem tired yet, try playing some brain games with him. A simple searching track will already work really well, or hiding a few treats around the house and making your puppy sniff for them. It does not have to be too difficult or cost a lot of money!
Besides these simulations you will also be training. The house training, crate training or maybe a basic command, it will be a lot for a puppy. To help your puppy get the right amount of sleep at the right time, stick to a routine. It will really help the puppy to fall into his own routine when you are strict as well. Stick to his regular meals and potty breaks and try to estimate his pace and routine. A well balanced routine will help your puppy to fall asleep quickly at night
- Puppies sleep better when they are tired, just like us
- A well balanced puppy needs enough mental and physical stimulation
- A puppy needs to play, exercise and train throughout the day
- Mental stimulation can be done through training and brain games
- A simple search game can already stimulate your puppy’s brian a lot
- Stick to regularity, give his meals at the same time everyday and try to take scheduled walks as well
- A well balanced routine will help the puppy to fall asleep quickly at night
Food and water
The time at which you give your puppy dinner can influence your puppy’s sleeping pattern. It is about timing it right and sticking to a routine. If you feed your puppy right before bed, he will wake up in the middle of the night because he has to do his business. If you feed your puppy too early he will get hungry at night. Time your puppy’s dinner along his bedtime and the time he wakes up.
Some people decide to restrict their puppies from water at night. They believe the puppy will then not have to pee as fast which benefits the sleeping pattern. This is a way of handling things but it also means your puppy cannot drink when he is thirsty. This is a decision you will have to make for yourself. If you house train your puppy well, you will definitely be able to give him water at night as he is house trained but house training takes time. Accept that you will have to walk your puppy in the middle of the night a few times during these first nights and base your decision of water restriction around that. Because even if you keep the puppy from drinking water at night, he might still have to go after a few hours.
- The right timing of dinner can influence the puppy’s sleeping pattern
- Do not feed the puppy right before going to bed
- Do not feed him to early either, as he will get hungry again at night
- You can decide to restrict your puppy from drinking water at night so he will not pee but how would you feel if you cannot get water when your thirsty?
- Accept that you will have to get up a few times during the night to take your puppy outside
Puppies love structure, they need a routine. If you sleep in once, your puppy will definitely wake you up because he is either hungry or really has to pee. Accept that this is something you will have to adapt your own life to as well.
It is good to establish a bedtime routine, this will help your puppy’s sleeping pattern a lot. Let your puppy know it is time for bed and make sure this is the same each night. After taking your puppy outside, lock the doors, turn off the lights and give the puppy one last treat or cuddle. Put your puppy in his crate or bed and tell him goodnight. Your puppy will quickly learn this routine and might even go to bed on his own, signalling you to go to bed as well.
- Puppies love structure, they need a routine
- Create a bedtime routine to let your puppy know that it is time to go to bed
- After taking your puppy outside, lock the doors, turn off the lights, give your puppy one last treat or cuddle and put him to his crate or bed
- Your puppy will soon learn this routine and go to bed on his own!
A calm environment
It is very important that your puppy’s sleeping spot is in a calm environment. Your puppy needs to be able to retreat to a calm spot to relax. A place where he is not disturbed or woken up easily. Make sure this place is not close to any doors that are constantly being opened and closed, it is dark enough for your puppy and not close to any computer or TV lights. Make sure your puppy will not easily be woken up by people walking past and the place is free from draft and direct sunlight.
- Your puppy’s sleeping spot should be in a calm environment
- Make sure the place is free from draft and direct sunlight
- The sleeping spot should be free from loud noises or bright lights, in a dark place and away from any TV or computer lights
Where should my puppy sleep at night?
It can really help your puppy if you are close to him during the first night. Of course you might not want your dog sleeping in your own bedroom for the rest of his life so it is important to take slow steps to his own sleeping spot. For the next few nights you can move the crate from your bedroom to its final destination slowly. If you let your puppy stay beside your own bed on the first night you can help him calm down and get used to his new home.
If you want your puppy to sleep in the kitchen eventually it is important you start moving him there slowly but from the beginning. On a second or third night, depending on your puppy’s anxiety, you can move the crate towards the end of your bed. Then put in the doorway on a fourth or fifth night, in the hallway on the sixth night and eventually in the kitchen. If you feel like you took a step too far, let your puppy stay in the same spot on the next night.
Make sure your puppy’s final sleeping spot is in a calm area. The place should be free from draft and in a spot where there aren’t people walking past constantly. Check if the place is dark enough and if not you can cover the crate with a blanket or special crate cover to make your puppy feel more secure.
- It can be nice for your puppy to be close to you on the first night
- A crate or high cardboard box beside your bed will be sufficient already
- Get your puppy to sleep at his final sleeping spot by moving the crate slowly
- Move the crate towards the end of your bed on a second or third night
- Put the crate in the doorway on a fourth or fifth night
- This way, slowly work towards the final sleeping spot
- The sleeping spot should be in a calm area where there aren’t any people walking past constantly
- Make sure the place is free from draft and dark enough
- If not, cover the crate with a cover or blanket to make your puppy feel more secure
Puppy sleeping through the night in crate
A dog crate can be a good aid to help your puppy sleep through the night quickly. A crate is able to offer your puppy a secure and safe feeling. If you crate train your puppy right, your puppy will learn that the crate is a safe, secure place to sleep in and will know to get his rest there. This is important because your puppy needs to realize that at times, rest is the most important thing. A well rested puppy is a happy puppy so this is quite important. A good crate training that makes the puppy feel comfortable will help the puppy to settle down quickly.
Besides the secure feeling it give your puppy a crate can also make you feel secure. If your puppy is inside a crate he will not be able to roam the house unsupervised or leave a secret puddle somewhere. When your puppy does have to pee, he will wake you up. Dogs will not want to soil their sleeping place so they will definitely get you to come down. Crate training is not only good for getting the puppy to sleep through the night but has many other advantages. Learn all about crate training and decide on your own.
- A dog crate can be a good aid to help the puppy sleep through the night quickly
- The right crate training will teach your puppy that the crate is a safe place to get some rest
- This will help your puppy to settle down quickly and a well rested puppy is a happy puppy!
- The crate also gives you the reassurance that your puppy cannot roam the house unsupervised or leave a puddle somewhere
- When your puppy does have to pee he will definitely wake you up
- Crate training has a lot of advantages, not only getting your puppy to sleep through the night
Why doesn't my puppy sleep through the night?
If your puppy is not able to sleep through the night, even after weeks of consistent training, this could have different reasons. You might have been doing everything right, it is just that your puppy does not learn as fast or there is something wrong.
It could be your puppy is restless because he is in pain. This is why you should exclude any medical reasons first. This can be done by getting your puppy checked at the vet. If it is not medical it could be something else of course. Maybe your puppy feels abandoned. Your puppy has to learn how to be alone so dumping him in a different room as you on the first night is not a good idea. Make sure you follow steps and take those in your puppy’s pace. It can be really tough on your puppy to be alone all of a sudden so you have to teach him gradually. Your puppy has to understand that you have not left him.
It could also be you have given in too many times. If your puppy is barking and howling and you go up to him, your puppy will learn that barking and howling gets you back. By achieving success a couple of times your puppy will continue this behavior. No matter how hard it is on the first nights, if you are sure there is no alarming reason for your puppy to be crying then you should answer to him.
A final reason for a restless puppy could simply be that your puppy is not tired. Just like we need mental and physical stimulation to tire us out, a dog needs that as well. Make sure you challenge your puppy enough throughout the day. This is done with regular walks, a bit of playtime, training or even brain games like a search trial will do wonders.
- If your puppy does not sleep through the night, even after weeks of consistent training, it could have different reasons
- Exclude medical issues first
- It could be your puppy feels abandoned. If you take the steps from sleeping beside you towards sleeping alone slowly, your puppy should feel less lonely
- Do not give in to your puppy’s whimpers, if you respond to his crying he will learn that crying is the way to get you back
- Maybe your puppy is not tired enough, make sure your puppy gets enough mental and physical stimulation throughout the day
- Mental stimulation can already be done with simple brain games like a search trial or training a basic command
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