How to Get Your Dog to Go To Sleep? July 25th, 2017
Nothing can ruin your goodnight‘s sleep like a sleepless dog. Puppies are like children, they are cute and cuddly, but will throw frequent tantrums and keep their parents awake at night. Fortunately for you, getting your pet dog to go to bed is quite an easy process if you have some important tricks up your sleeve. Here are top 10 ways you can make the daily chore of getting your dog to bed quick and hassle-free.
- Bribe your dog! If your canine is refusing to go sleep in his crate or in the dog bed, then lure him by using treats or reward her for obedience. Keep treats in the back the dog bed and/or always employ a positive tone in your voice when talking about the bed or crate. Similarly, never punish your dog by sending her to her bed or else she will start seeing it in a negative light.
- Dogs are creatures of habit. If their sleeping routine or environment has recently changed or they have experienced major shift then this might explain why they won’t go to bed. Ease any changes on your dog, and definitely give them time to mold back into her former routine. Be patient and show your dog where you want her to sleep. Remember that it might be difficult at first to get out of your bed in the middle of the night and solve your dog’s issues as they occur, but it will certainly be beneficial in the long run
- Get your dog plenty of exercise. Most kids (and adults as well), sleep better after long sessions of exercise, and your dog is no different. Canines need a minimum of 30 to 120 minutes of exercise daily so it may be that your dog is restless because of a lack of physical activity. An exhausted dog is also less likely to give you a hard time going to bed.
- The lyrical ticking of a clock can help relax your pet and put him off to sleep much quickly. Put the clock in your canine’s bed or somewhere close.
- The food that your pup eats usually provides her with more energy. It is therefore important that you don’t feed them right before their bedtime. Also, ensure your dog relieves herself prior to bed for a long and uninterrupted night’s sleep.
- Dogs usually get anxious when they can’t seem to find their owner anywhere in sight. When getting your dog to go to sleep, make sure she notices you and acknowledges your presence as it will help sooth her and speed up the time before she finally drifts into a deep slumber. Keeping her near will also ensure she is heard in case of any problem.
- Once you have directed your pooch into her bed, give her something that will keep her amused. Having a noiseless chew toy by their side help her keep calm and more likely to go to sleep quicker. Even if she wakes up in the middle of the night, you can be at ease knowing that your little friend will have with her a quiet source of entertainment.
- Eliminate any distractions or noises from your house that may impact the quality of your canine’s sleep. Limit your activities at night and try to make your dog’s sleeping environment as comfortable as possible. Gently stroke his fur as it will help him relax and fall asleep much quicker.