Parents of toddlers know that sleepless nights are likely to occur, what of dog parents? Many pet keepers find it hard when dogs do not give them the desired ambience during sleep time just like babies do. They love their dogs but don’t necessarily mean they have to get up many times in the night to solve the barking and misbehavior.
The reason as to why puppies do not sleep during the night is because they are still getting used to house training. However, this is also a common problem in adult and senior canines. Waking up in the night when you are tired to sort out issues with your dog is not a happy job, and solving this problem not only helps you but also the entire family. Before coming up with a plan, one must know why their dog is having sleepless nights.
Reasons Your Dog Doesn’t Sleep at Night
1-They need to go to the bathroom.
New puppy owners need to come to terms with the fact their sleeping time will be distracted for a couple of weeks. Just like babies, puppies are still maturing and this entails growing their muscles and composure to hold their urine.
Puppies can control their urinary vesicle for about one hour at every month of age. A four-month-old puppy is capable of holding its pee for four hours before it gets the urge to. This is according to the Humane Society. With constant house training, the puppies get used to it and can wait longer between bathroom breaks and won.t require to get up at night.
2-They’re not tired.
This is one of the most common reasons why canines do not sleep during the night. Most dogs that spend long hours their time indoors alone take frequent naps or seek attention because they have nothing to do. As a result, their energy piles up if they do not get the opportunity to exercise.
Segregation anxiety affects canines of all ages. Sometimes, new puppies cry when they are denied the chance to sleep closer to their owners. Older canines, on the other hand, feel nervous and these results in behaviors such as whimpering, barking and engage in destructive behavior.
4-They’re in pain.
Just like humans, dogs are unable to find sleep when they are unwell. Tummy problems, joint pains, skin issues and other aftereffects of injury or disease are enough reasons to keep your dog awake at night.
5-How to Help
Once you know what is causing your dog not to sleep, you can proceed with solving the issue. Some dogs require a slight change in their routine while others require one to try multiple ideas to find what suits them best. Below are a few tricks to help.
B-Provide more mental and physical stimulation.
Exercising your dog more during the day will be of help if your puppy or senior dog keeps walking around the house at night when bedtime comes. Canines require at least one hour of exercise during the day. From this, they gain from all the extra excitement you provide them.
Hiring a dog walker during the day would be a good idea if one works all day. This helps distract your pup’s lazy day of sleeping and gives them more activity that will help to make them feel exhausted before sleep time. Every dog requires a different amount of exercise to reach the desired level of tiredness. This is dependent on age, breed, health, and personality. It is important to know the right amount of exercise for your dog so that you do not put them under too much pressure for exercise. Some brain games like puzzle toys and snuffle mats may keep their minds busy too.
1-Take bathroom breaks before bed.
Before your dog goes to sleep, make sure that they pee before to avoid them from waking up every night to go to the bathroom. A small amount of meal before they retire to bed can be of help rather than drinking more water which will make them lack sleep till it is dawn. One should make it a daily norm to take their puppy to the bathroom before bedtime.
2-Keep evenings calm
Before taking your dog for the final round to pee, gently lull them to sleep. Dogs tend to express themselves or do things depending on what their pet keepers are doing and feeling. If one is nervous for example, their dogs copy the expressions and do the same. If one is relaxed, the dogs understand the cue and start to rest beside you.
Dogs cannot automatically sleep once their owners are ready to. They require one or two hours before bedtime which should be calm so that they can adapt to the end of the day.
3-Start crate training
Teaching your dog to sleep in their enclosure will prevent them from waking up and roaming in the house. Many dog keepers prefer sleeping with their pets in bed. Crate training helps prevent unwanted behavior such as walking up in the middle of the night. The goal to have your dog in the crate is to make your dog feel comfortable and not a punishment. Being in an enclosure makes your pup feel safe.
After some time, the dog will be satisfied to be in the crate during the night. Once they get to rest well through the night without waking up in the crate, one can try sleeping with them in bed.
4-Make them comfy
One needs to choose a nice and comfortable place where their dogs can sleep be it in a crate, a doggy bed or elsewhere. Offering them soft blankets or a certain kind of toy they love will be a good idea for them to cuddle with before sleeping.
Every dog has a different kind of taste to things they love. Experimenting with your canines’ sleeping routine will help you know what they like. You can do this by having lights on or switching them off to see if they prefer cool surfaces of warmer surfaces.
5-Address medical issues
If wounds or sickness is affecting your dog from sleeping at night, you need to see the doctor. In some instances, pain relievers can help reduce soreness and keep the dog relaxed. Sleepless nights could give the impression that your canine is ailing from an unknown medical condition and requires your attention. Pests such as fleas and mites could be provoking them. Until one gets to know what is causing their dog not to sleep, their pup won’t sleep comfortably.
Not getting enough sleep during the night is a growing stage your dog can never get over it. However, new behaviors need to be adapted or gotten rid of so that you and your dog can get a comfortable sleeping routine. It takes time but persistence in teaching will bring a change. Once you know why your dog is not finding sleep, you can pick up on different ways to help you and your dog sleep throughout the night.