Tuesday, June 24, 2008

How To Make your Dog Sleep at Night

If you own a puppy or even an older dog that does not sleep at night you are surely going through a tough time and you are more than likely quite tired yourself. It is not easy to live with dogs that are running around the house when you are supposed to sleep and that is what we are going to talk about now: learning what you can do in order to get your pet to sleep at night.

The first step is making sure that your pet gets enough exercise during the day. Any dog will require at least 40 minutes of running, walking and playing every single day. If enough exercise is not obtained during the day your dog will be restless during the night. Combine this with feeding the dog early in the day and you will do a great work towards making him sleep at night. Any dog will get an energy after around 1 hour after they eat so feeding him late at night is not a great idea. You should position the dog's bed or crate in your bedroom, right next to where you sleep. This is because dogs are pack animals and we could say that you are the leader of the pack. When the leader of the pack sleeps the rest of the pack will also sleep in most cases.

Yawning is contagious to animals as well, not only animals. Yawn when the dog sees it and then lay down to sleep. Cover the crate where your dog sleeps with a sheet or curtain in order to make it quieter and darker. These two facts will help the dog fell asleep. If the dog wakes you up in the middle of the night just go quickly towards the bathroom and back. Never pat your dog and give him treats as this will only make him want to wake you up every single night for that.


Anonymous said...

My dog Fable, is restless ALL day...

Anonymous said...

My dog sleeps all night