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A dog is man’s best friend. Taking care of one, especially from puppyhood, could give you a sense of happiness and fulfillment. A puppy could definitely make your day better, and awaken the child in you, making you playful and giddy.
But of course, there are certain responsibilities that come with taking care of a puppy, one of which is making sure your puppy goes to bed at the right time, without any hassle.
What You Should Know about Dogs and Sleep
For starters, sleeping is of course, natural to puppies. However, the amount of time they spend sleeping, and napping, almost always varies. On average, a healthy dog sleeps around 14 to 16 hours in a day, which in the course of their lifetime would amount to half of it.
Just like humans, a puppy also sleeps by entering a certain quiet wave that would then lead him to sleep. At this stage, he becomes oblivious to his surroundings, and his mind begins to relax. Then, after around 10 minutes, he enters Rapid Eye Movement, also known as REM, an activity that’s also inherent to humans. This is also one of the biggest evidences that show that puppies are also capable of dreaming.
While puppies sleep more than humans do, they also wake up more frequently—which could be a problem, especially if you are trying to get your forty winks at night.
One more thing you should remember is that the amount of sleep a puppy needs also depends on his breed, and activity level. According to research, some of the sleepiest dog breeds are:
• Saint Bernard
• English Bulldog
• Bernese Mountain Dog
• Clumber Spaniel
• Glen of Imaal Terriers
Of course, this does not mean that if you have a dog that’s other than the aforementioned breeds, he will not be capable of being trained well. There is always room for improvement—and by being patient and having the heart for your pet, you’ll surely be able to train him to go to sleep at the right time.
Your Guide to Helping Dogs Sleep!
This book is here to help you understand what may be wrong with your puppy, what’s not making him sleep at the right time, and what you can do to make sure that you’ll be able to help your puppy sleep—so both of you can be happy as can be!
Read the rest of this book now and find out how!
Once again, thank you and good luck!
You know how you couldn’t sleep when you’re not feeling well? It’s the same for puppies, too.
The first thing that you have to keep in mind is that a puppy’s health should be in tip-top shape because if not, you really would not be able to feed him well, and help him to sleep.
The pointers below will help you understand whether or not your puppy’s health is in check.
Let’s start with the eyes.
Remember that a healthy puppy has eyes that are shiny and clear, without any discharge, or the slightest form of cloudiness.
Another easy way of seeing whether or not a puppy is healthy is by checking his ears. A puppy’s ears have to look and smell clean, and there should not be any redness or inflammation outside or inside the ears.
You’ll know that a puppy is suffering from an infection if his ears are malodorous, and if you see some yellow or brown discharge.
When a puppy’s nose is slightly moist, it means that he is healthy, and sweating in a good way. However, you should take note that his nose does not have to be wet, and there has to be no form of discharge there.
Persistent sniffing and sneezing are big signs that a puppy is not in good shape.
Coat and Skin
Next, you have to check if the puppy’s coat is actually soft, and it also has to be shiny. Check if there are any flakes around—this is a sign that he might be infected with something, or that his coat has been irritated by harsh sunlight.
Other things you could check regarding skin are sores, bumps, redness, patches, and missing hair. The coat and skin also should not smell pungent.
Fleas and ticks may also be around, so always make sure to check for them.
It is okay to feel the puppy’s ribs, but make sure that the ribs do not poke out. Otherwise, it is a sign that the puppy is malnourished. A round tummy is also good, but it should never be swollen, and your dog also should not be potbellied.
Of course, you also have to check your dog’s butt. Make sure it is clean, and that it’s free from any fecal matter or debris of any sort.
And finally, a puppy’s behavior also comes into play. It is normal for a puppy to be sleepy, but never lethargic.
Puppies are naturally playful, and friendly to their littermates. In case they begin to isolate themselves, it means they may not be feeling well, and that they’re lonely. And, a healthy puppy is one who’s excited to eat—not one who does not even mind food on his bowl.
First Veterinary Exam
It’s also important that you bring your puppy to the vet for his first general veterinary exam. This is done to help determine the health condition of your dog, and if he’s experiencing any illnesses, and the like. While there, you can expect the vet to:
• Check your puppy’s ears to see if they look and smell right, and that he’s not suffering from infections of any kind.
• Check the puppy’s temperature. 100 to 125 F are considered normal. Breathing and pulse rate will be checked, too.
• Check your puppy’s weight. He’ll know if your puppy is normal, underweight, or overweight.
• Listen for any abnormalities in the heart and lungs, as well as feel organs, and check for palpitations.
• Check the puppy’s mouth and see if teeth and gums are in normal condition.
• Check eyes, skin, nose, and anal region to see if there are signs of parasites or diseases.
• Check the puppy’s genitals. For females, he’ll check for signs of infection or discharge. For males, he’ll check if both testicles are present.
If you see that your puppy is experiencing things that you are meant to be aware of, take that as a sign that it’s time to bring him to the vet. Signs that your puppy needs immediate care are listed below:
• Any form of eye injury. Nothing is considered “mild” when it comes to that.
• Hives, swelling, and any other allergic reactions, especially those in the belly.
• Signs of pain, such as loss of appetite, restlessness, lethargy, increased body temperature, labored breathing, and panting.
• Respiratory problems, such as trouble breathing, or chronic coughing.
• Animal bites, wounds, lacerations—especially those that are open.
• Suspected poisoning, such as indigestion of human medication, snail or rodent bait, and antifreeze.
• Thermal stress—whether he’s too hot or cold.
• Diarrhea or vomiting, especially if he experiences it more than twice or thrice in an hour.
• Any form of collapse, fainting, or seizure.
• Any form of trauma, even if the puppy seems fine, but you have a feeling that he’s not.
Remember that prevention is always better than cure, and this way, you’ll be able to focus on improving his sleeping habits, and his health, in general!
Puppies are usually awake during daytime. They use this part of the day to eat, play, and move around.
Since puppies sleep around 14 to 16 hours on average, you could expect them to take naps during daytime, too. Of course, when puppies nap a lot during the day, it is possible that they may be having a hard time sleeping in the evenings.
You’ll notice that a dog is sleeping as opposed to napping when he sleeps on his back. Puppies who are napping usually just sleep with their feet curled under them—like cats usually do.
When you see that your puppy is sleeping in the morning, or any time during the day, and you feel like this will affect the quality of his sleep at night, you might as well wake him up and see if he wants to play, or wants to eat. If you do this more than once in a week, your puppy would realize he is not supposed to sleep yet—so he could then sleep at night.
Also, the amount of activity that a puppy does during the day determines the amount of sleep he’ll get at night. Try playing with your dog or taking him out on a walk, especially before nighttime. This is a good form of exercise and a way of calming your puppy’s mind down.
Lastly, there are also times when puppies sleep a lot during the day because they have nothing to do. This usually happens when they’re left home alone, and they really do not want to play by themselves. Of course, you cannot just give up your work just to be at home with them. What you can do is hire someone you trust to take care of them while you’re not around.
This way, their schedule would not be disrupted, and they’d still go to bed at the right time.
Just like humans, you could not expect puppies to just go to sleep even if their surroundings are not in proper order. The first thing you have to keep in mind is that it is important to provide them with a clean environment, make sure dust is not prevalent, and there are no mosquitoes or other insects around, and then…
Provide Them with a Space All Their Own
Puppies need to feel secure in their environment. That is why you have to give them a space in the house that they could consider their own. It could either be their own room, or maybe even place their bed in your bedroom, so they’d know that you are around and they are safe.
Are There Other Pets in the House?
Sometimes, puppies do not mix well with the other pets you have at home, especially if they’re of the other kinds, such as cats.
You have to keep in mind that you cannot expect them to just mingle with one another right away. They have to be familiarized with each other’s scents first. It is a way of helping them get to know each other.
Furthermore, if you get a new puppy and let him stay in the bed that’s owned by other pets, your other pets may harbor ill feelings towards you—and that is not something you want to happen. Sense of ownership is important for pets, too.
Try not to make the pets fight on the get-go. Fighting makes them stressed, and does not make it easy for them to sleep.
The Right Bed
Puppies also like sleeping on comfortable beds. Sometimes, the kind of bed they sleep in would determine whether they’d sleep well or not.
Which kinds of beds are great for puppies? Read on and find out!
Research has it that most puppies favor bolster beds because they’re quite comfortable. Bolster beds are like padded beds, but provide additional support for the dogs because they could rest their heads at elevated angles.
The thing with bolster beds, though, is they’re a bit pricier than their contemporaries. Bolster beds are also bulky—so make sure you do have a lot of space for them.
Cedar-filled beds are also padded beds and could be bought from most pet stores. The difference between these beds and simple padded beds is the fact that cedar-filled beds are created to mask a pet’s odor, especially in confined spaces.
However, since the bed is trying to mask your pet’s odor, the bed emits the smell of cedar—and the bed might be a problem if you are not comfortable with that smell. Dogs may also find the smell a bit annoying, and you’d see them roll around a little too much.
Cedar filled beds are also said to be not as comfortable as cotton beds, too.
Simple-padded beds are the most common kind of pet beds. They’re basically just pillows covered with soft and comfortable materials, and are also stuffed, mostly with cotton. They’re also the most affordable pet beds, making them a favorite of many pet owners.
Choose simple padded beds that are easy to wash, so they would not gather dust and bugs, and so they could stay intact, even in the long run.
Orthopedic beds are mostly used by old, arthritic dogs. But, if your puppy is suffering from hip dysplasia, or has recently survived an accident, orthopedic beds may help them sleep, too.
Orthopedic beds are designed in such a way that the dog’s body would not touch the ground, so his back would not hurt. They also decrease the amount of cold that a dog feels because of extra padding. This way, his condition would not worsen, and his joints would start recuperating.
Of course, you could expect that orthopedic beds are a bit expensive—but they definitely could help a dog out.
Cots are next in line to simple-padded beds, in terms of affordability and ease of use. Cots are lifted slightly above ground and could be placed outside, so that the puppy could have a place to rest outdoors, too.
Cots are also recommended for dogs with thick coats because they provide proper air circulation so the dog would not be in heat.
Corner beds are perfect for puppies, and small dog breeds, as well as for houses that are not very spacious because they’re meant to fit in the corner of a room. It is quite comfortable, too, but is not recommended for older, bigger dogs.
Cave beds give some puppies a sense of security because they know they could hide in them. The beds are characterized by having a hood, which makes for easy snuggling. Cave beds are also perfect for colder seasons because they offer warmth to the dogs.
They’re a bit expensive, though, so you do have to be ready for that.
Heated and Cooled
Heated and Cooled beds are special kinds of beds that are meant for puppies who are experiencing medical problems. They could either be cooled or heated, depending on the weather, so that the dog could easily adjust and sleep.
Nest beds are also quite comfortable. They’re like half-shaped boxes or circles with pillows resting in the bottom. Not only would the dog feel comfortable, he’d also feel safe because he could snuggle towards the bottom, and use the elevated part of the bed for sightseeing or playtime.
If you have a lot of money to spare, you could try using framed beds. They add to the aesthetic quality of your house because they look like real beds with their mattresses on spring surface. Frames protect the beds from falling apart. There are also lots of designs and styles to choose from!
And if you’re looking for affordable beds that could keep your dogs comfortable and secure, you could try slumber beds. They’re made from cotton, fleece, or other light material and are quite similar to beanbags.
They are mostly meant for small dogs, though, so it is best to choose another type if you have a huge dog.
Some pet owners feel like puppies are more comfortable in crates, because it creates a den-like experience for them, and keeps them in an enclosed space. More so, you could decorate the crate in such a way that if there are other pets or people in the house.
This is better than gates because gated rooms usually just make puppies feel lonely, and fearful, and they may eliminate or sleep because of stress, as opposed to their natural need for it.
They can be used every day, and are also essential for travel. If you’re the kind of person who often wants to travel with his puppy, try this one.
Wicker Crates give the effect that the puppy is in a basket, just like a baby. However, they may not last a long time because the puppy might chew on it. Yikes!
And of course, you have wire crates. They could be covered with blankets, and also provide great airflow—which is good for the puppy. You can also try putting dividers to separate feeding bowls from his bed space!
While training your puppy, you can also make use of playpens just to acclimatize your puppy to his new space. Playpens are essential for:
• Helping the puppy separate his thoughts from playtime and sleeping.
• Helping the puppy get to know other pets, without the risk of having them fight because they’re in one small area alone.
• Paper training the puppy.
• Keeping the puppy safe, especially if you’re trying to fix some things in the house.
• Helping him enjoy the outdoors, without being at risk of being attacked, or meeting accidents.
You can also try foldable playpens—you can easily bring those with you anywhere!
A puppy will also sleep better if you feed him at the right time. This is around 4 to 5 hours before he sleeps. You can feed him 2 to 3 hours before he sleeps but make sure it’s nothing too heavy.
The reason for this is that when puppies eat heavy meals at least 1 to 3 hours before sleeping, their bladder becomes full, and of course, that is a sign that they’ll probably wake up to pee or defecate in the middle of the night, which can be a hassle for you.
Try feeding your dog with Valerian. This could be bought as a pill or capsule and could be hidden by means of slipping it in with your puppy’s chow. Give him a spoonful and he’ll feel relaxed, and would find it easy to sleep. Make sure not to use more than 1 capsule at a time, though. It might not be good for your puppy.
Bring His Security Items with You
Over time, you’ll notice that your puppy has certain items that make him feel secure. Usually, it’s in the form of a blanket. If you’re traveling or going somewhere for the night, and you’re bringing your puppy with you, make sure to bring his security items, too. This will make it easy for him to sleep. It could also be done when you’re bringing him to the vet, and if he has to stay there overnight.
However, try to keep him away from blankets or towels if he chews a lot. He might ingest them, and that wouldn’t be good.
Make sure to remember the guidelines given in this chapter and you’ll be able to create a comfortable environment for your puppy to sleep in.
Helping a dog go to sleep is not just limited to thinking about his environment or other physical matters. It also has to do with his mental wellbeing.
This is evident, especially when the puppy has just been taken from his shelter, or if you just brought him home minutes or hours ago. Of course, you can expect that somehow, the puppy would feel scared. He does not know you yet. He doesn’t know whether you’ll actually take care of him, or if you’re just bound to hurt him.
Have you heard that most animals sense a certain kind of killing intent from people, especially adults? This is because adults naturally tend to feel like protecting themselves from others, so in turn, the animals feel as if the adults have some hatred towards them, and could hurt or kill them in the process.
It is natural for puppies to play with kids. Kids are innocent, and they do not usually have this killing intent. So, what do you do then, if you do not have kids at home to play with the puppy?
Well, of course, you can do it yourself. A tip would be to just let the puppy do his own thing first before playing with him. He has to familiarize himself with his new place so that he’ll realize that this is now his home.
Once you see that he’s beginning to understand that he’s going to live in your place, take it as a chance to “introduce” yourself to him. Get a toy or two and start playing with him. Don’t be pushy, especially if he does not respond to you right away. Just try to entertain him a bit, and when he responds, go and play with him more.
Then, maybe you can show him where he has to pee, where his food bowl and water bowl are, and where he needs to sleep. Try to pace it well so that he will not be overwhelmed with information, and when you see him getting sleepy, take him to his bed and see if he goes to sleep.
If it does not work the first time, don’t worry. This is normal, so don’t punish him. Do not scream at him, and most importantly, do not hit him. He needs all the love and reassurance he can get from you—and you have to provide him with that.
Being patient, especially on the puppy’s first night at home is essential. Remember that a puppy deserves your full love and attention—so give him that. A puppy is not an accessory, and if you want him to enjoy his life, you have to help him out.
One problem that most puppy owners encounter has to deal with puppies who often want to pee or defecate in the middle of the night.
Most of the time, this happens because puppies are full. You might have fed them an hour or two before going to bed—which guarantees that you’d definitely be having a rough night.
At times like this, you have to make sure that your puppy’s potty needs are at the ready. This way, it would be easy for you to help your little one without having to scramble the house in the night.
If your puppy has to go outside to pee, make sure you have his leash at the ready. Aside from that, make sure you have poop pick up bags, your slippers, robe, and flashlight so you could easily lead the pup to his potty place.
However, make sure that you don’t make the puppy feel as if he has done something right by waking you up, or having to do the dirty in the middle of the night. This means that while you should not scream at, or punish him, you shouldn’t also give him treats, feed, or play with him. If you do so, he’d only think that you have no problems. Simply tell him that’s enough, and then bring him to bed, and go back to sleep. This way, he would realize that there is nothing else for him to do at this time of the night, and that he shouldn’t have disturbed you.
Prevention Is Better than Cure
Some puppy owners rely on “miracles” and think that maybe, their puppy won’t feel the need to eliminate in the middle of the night, and that they could just go bed in peace. The key is to make sure that before he goes to sleep at night, you take him to his potty place first.
This way, you would be able to create routine, and make him understand that he could defecate now, so he could just sleep through the night—and so you could, too.
Wake Him Up First
One good tip that most experts share is to make sure you wake the puppy up before he goes and wakes you up. It is said that it’s okay to set your alarm to any time in the night, mostly 1 to 1:30 am, so you can go ahead and wake your puppy up.
By doing this, you would be disrupting his sleep. Of course, the dog would not like this and he would realize that you probably would not like being awakened in the middle of the night, as well.
Do it again another evening, but wake him 30 minutes earlier. Then, wake him up again after a few hours, just to be sure that he’ll be able to pee or defecate. Do so every 2 hours if he’s 7 to 9 weeks old; 3 hours if he’s 9 to 14 weeks old; and every 4 hours for those 14 weeks old and up.
This way, you will be able to control his urge to bark and make lots of noises in the middle of the night, while helping him do the dirty, too! Over time, you might only have to wake him 1 to 2 times in a night. It is a good way of helping shape your dog’s body clock, so that he will also be responsible about it himself.
You’ll notice that in the next couple of days, he’ll be able to pee or defecate by himself, without having to wake you up! The important thing is to make sure that you create some routine—so that he’ll be able to pick it up and know what to do.
Proper Potty Schedule
Another important thing to keep in mind is to make sure that you are able to devise a proper potty schedule for your puppy. This isn’t just about defecating in the middle of the night, but about how he should go forth the rest of his day.
Here are some tips that you should keep in mind:
• A regular feeding schedule is a must. This includes having to take the puppy’s food away in between meals, so there would be no instance of free-feeding. Free-feeding happens when you allow your puppy to eat, even if it’s not mealtime yet. This way, he feels like he could do anything he wants, ask you for food, and have you at his beck and call—which is a big no-no.
• The first thing you have to do each morning is make sure that you take your puppy out to pee and eliminate. Repeat after 30 minutes to an hour, especially if the puppy is less than 6 weeks old.
• Help your puppy eliminate, or just take him to his potty place every time he wakes up from a nap, and after meals.
• Remember that his potty place only has to be one spot in the house (or maybe one indoors, and another outdoors). This is to ensure that he wouldn’t make any mess wherever he likes. Another thing about having a specific potty place is that he’ll be able to associate his scent with that place—so he’ll keep coming back, and understand that he has to do his dirty there.
• Always stay with him while he pees or eliminates, until such time that he learns to do it by himself.
• And, don’t forget to give your dog a treat every time he pees or eliminates at his potty spot. Remember that positive reinforcement is one of the ways dogs get trained, so you have to abide by that.
Remember: a puppy that’s potty-trained well is a puppy that is healthy. And in turn, he’ll be able to sleep well, too!
In helping your puppy sleep, there are certain things that you have to do. Follow the steps below and you’ll surely be able to help your puppy go to bed at the right time—and help you catch up on sleep, too!
1. Fix his bed. First thing you have to do is make sure your puppy’s bed is made-up. This way, once you bring him inside the room, he’ll know that it’ll be okay for him to go to sleep, and that the day is over.
2. Go potty! As mentioned in an earlier chapter, it’s always good to bring your puppy to his potty area shortly before going to bed. This way, he would be able to associate this action to the fact that he should do his dirty now, so both of you could go to bed later.
3. Establish a routine. You know how you have some kind of routine before going to bed? You can do that for your puppy, too. For example, every night before going to bed, go and give your dog a lukewarm bath or just wash his body with lukewarm cloth. Then, play with him a bit just until he gets tired, and then go and give him his blanket or his favorite pillow.
This has a lot to do with observation, you see. You’d often notice your dog being comfortable once his close to a certain toy or certain part of his bed at bedtime. Give him that. Or, you might see him kneading or hugging his bed, or his toys at this time—allow him. This way, he’d know he’s safe, and there would be some sense of security. This would then make it easier for him to sleep.
4. Establish Ideal Puppy Schedule. Here’s a sample schedule that you can try to help create routine for your puppy, and help him sleep well at night:
• Upon waking up, take the puppy to his potty place.
• After peeing and defecating, go for a brisk walk, and go ahead and play with the dog. You can try fetch or any other game that would require your dog to participate. Do this for around 10 minutes.
• Spend another 10 minutes as “quality time” for you and your puppy. Just pet and talk to him, and use this time to check if there is anything wrong with him, such as his coat, his attitude, his eyes, etc.
• Now, it’s time for your puppy to eat! Give him fresh puppy chow, and make sure his water is fresh and clean, too.
• Bring the puppy out again to pee or defecate—this is inherent to them, especially after meals.
• If you’re going to go to work, your puppy should take a nap. Or, you could play with him, or ask somebody else to do it.
• After the nap, play with the dog again, or go out with him for a walk. Just give him time to enjoy his surroundings.
• If you’re home, allow your puppy to watch you move around the house.
• Change your puppy’s water, feed him, and play with him again. It’s good to let him play until he gets tired so it would be easier for him to sleep.
• Now’s the time for another “quality time” with your puppy. You could use it for grooming him, talking to him, or letting him watch TV or listen to music with you.
• Finally, before going to bed, bring your puppy to his potty place one more time.
• Puppies won’t be able to sleep unless they’ve had enough opportunities to play, and go to their potty place. Make sure that if you cannot be around with them the whole day, they have a lot of toys, other pets, or people to play with. Just like you, puppies really do not want to get bored, too. Puzzle or chew toys are helpful because they easily keep puppies preoccupied. The key here is that if the puppy was able to utilize his day well, he would not have a hard time sleeping at night—which will also be good for you!
• A comfortable environment. Don’t expect puppies to enjoy time with you if your house looks like an entire mess. If you have an indoor puppy, it’s always best to make sure that his surroundings are clean, that there are no awful odors, and that you’re able to give him the kind of life that he deserves.
• Feed the puppy once or twice a day. There are some puppies who like to eat once every four to five hours, though, especially those from smaller breeds. The important thing is to make sure that your dog is properly fed so he wouldn’t wake up hungry, or too full, in the middle of the night. Puppies always need to be fed much more than dogs as they are still growing. Plus, always check your puppy’s appetite. There are days when he’d want to eat more, and when there are times that he does not want to eat, maybe you should check if he’s experiencing any illnesses or conditions.
• Eliminating is important. While dogs only need to do so at least once every 8 hours, puppies need to be let out more often since their bodies are only adjusting to routine.
• Say a magic word. It’s also good if you could provide your dog with a magic word that would help him realize it’s time to sleep. For example: bed, sleep, good night, sleep now, etc. It’s important to say this every time he goes to bed so he will associate the act of sleeping with it.
• Time is essential. And of course, make sure that you give your puppy ample amounts of time. Puppies need to feel comforted, and loved, and if you don’t have enough time for them, why did you even get them in the first place? When a puppy is loved, he won’t feel the need to ask for your attention—especially in the middle of the night.
There are other methods that are meant to help puppies sleep and you’ll find them all in this chapter!
The Warm Bottle Method
You know how babies like to sleep after getting breastfed by their mothers?
Well, you can mimic this, especially if you have no mother dogs around. What you can do is wrap a warm milk bottle in a blanket or thin washcloth to resemble the warmth of the puppy’s littermates and his mother while he’s on his bed or inside the crate. This will definitely make it easy for him to sleep!
Ticking Clock Method
Another thing that keeps puppies calm and reassures them is the fact that they’re with their mother dog. Of course, if the mother dog is not around, what you can do is let the puppy sleep near a ticking clock.
A ticking clock is a good representation of his mother’s heartbeat. This way, he’d feel like his mother is just near him, and therefore, he would not have a hard time trying to go to sleep. It is also a good way of helping them relax. You can do this alongside the first method—it’d work better that way.
The Puppy Massage Method
As you probably have guessed, this is all about giving your puppy a massage in order for him to go to bed. There are various massage techniques that you could try, and these are:
• Fingertip Massage. You can do this by using the tips of your fingers to move muscles on your puppy’s skin. Do this in small, circular motions but make sure you do not hurt your puppy. Avoid pressing to the bone. This is best for easing stiff tissues and muscles!
• Effleurage. Never mind the complicated name. This massage is done by means of using your palm to create long, gentle, and slow strokes from the puppy’s head down to his tail and feet. It’s a good way of keeping the blood flowing properly throughout the body. Increase pressure from time to time but make sure not to hurt him.
• Petrissage. This is a combination of the first two kinds of massage, which could be likened to kneading and is best left for professionals, because it may be a bit too intense for puppies.
Thermostat and Lights
You’ll be able to perfect this method upon observation of what kind of lighting and thermostat your puppy likes. Basically, what you can do is make sure that he gets the kind of lighting and climate that he likes. If he’s more comfortable with the room being dark and cold, do that. If he likes to sleep in a well-lit and warm room, give him that.
Puppies’ bodies could be different from one another especially when it comes to how they react to weather so always check for what your puppy likes best.
Each night, before your puppy goes to bed, try to leave the radio on. Some puppies enjoy hearing music because it calms them down before going to sleep. Try music with pulse rate of 60 BPM. It is said that this type of music calms the mind down and creates a lighter and more peaceful environment for the puppy. Aside from that, it’s also able to regularize breathing and improve the puppy’s metabolism. It drives stress hormones away from the body, too.
Try classical music or nature sounds (such as waterfalls, fountains, etc), or therapeutic harp music that’s been proven to relieve stress not only for puppies, but also for people. Harp music has this natural sedative effect, so you can expect your puppy to fall asleep after just a few minutes, and to wake up feeling happy and at peace. Check Youtube or Soundcloud for 1 hour loops of relaxing puppy music sounds!
Some puppies do not like music too much but enjoy certain sounds. It is also said to break up kidney stones because of vibrations and certain kinds of echo. Try leaving the weather channel on, a talk show, or buy Sound Therapy CDs. These CDs make use of rain sounds, and soothing voices of people that could definitely calm a puppy down and help him fall asleep fast!
And finally, you also have bath therapy.
This simple method is all about bathing or washing your puppy before going to bed. You have to be careful here, especially with the water you’re going to use. Make sure you only use lukewarm water because it is calming, as opposed to cold water that could make the puppy sick.
Aside from helping your puppy go to bed, a bath could also get rid of fleas, ticks, and other things that are making your puppy’s skin itchy—with aided medication, of course.
Massage your puppy while giving him a bath and he’ll certainly be able to sleep well!
See? There actually are loads of methods that you can try to help your puppy go to sleep! Choose one that you know would work best with your lifestyle, as well as your puppy’s, and always keep his health in check.
In the next chapter, you’ll find out more about why puppies have trouble falling asleep—and what else you can do to help them!
There are times when you feel like whatever you do just does not work. Your puppy still couldn’t go to sleep at the right time, and it’s as if he cannot follow a normal routine.
Well, maybe it’s high time for you to check if your puppy is suffering from something. There are certain conditions that really make it hard for a puppy to sleep—and you can check them out below!
He Has a Lot of Pent-up Energy
One of the reasons puppies find it hard to sleep at night is because they may have a lot of pent-up energy. This usually happens when you leave them alone in the house with nothing to do.
When they think they have no toys around them, and when they feel like they should wait for you, they probably would just sleep the whole day through, and end up having tons of energy in the evening.
So, when you finally arrive at night, the puppy would be so excited and would want to play with you. Then, you might not be able to play with him because you’re already tired and you had loads to do during the day. So, instead of being able to play and spend time with you, he’d just get lonely because you cannot give him the time that he wants anymore. Thus, he’d have a really hard time trying to fall asleep.
If you really cannot spend the whole day with your puppy, it would be nice to hire someone who can spend the day with him. It is essential that he gets some form of companionship throughout the day, be it from a human, or fellow puppies that he could play with. This way, there would be no potential energy buildup.
You could also try walking him before and after work so that he’d know that you care about him, and so he’d lose some energy, and he’d be able to go to sleep well at night. If you can’t do that, try enrolling him in a doggie day care center. This way, he’d be able to spend time with fellow puppies, and be well-trained, too!
He Is Lonely
There is nothing worse than knowing your puppy is lonely. This happens when you only got the puppy from a store (where he’s used to being with his mother, and his littermates), or if you have just rescued him. He does not feel secure around you yet, and he definitely has to learn how to adjust first.
There are times when he’d feel even lonelier when you have to lock him up in a room, or when he has to stay in a crate. He might whine and bark his way so you could hear him.
When you get a new puppy, it is imperative that you let his crate stay near you so that he’d know that you’re just around. This does not have to happen every day, but it is important that he gets some security during his first few nights at home with you. Little by little, you can move the crate, or the bed, to where you really want it to be.
Sometimes, puppies get lonely when you move to a new home, or when you put his bed or crate in a different room, other than the one he’s used to.
Puppies also suffer from adjustment problems, you see, and the fact that he’s surrounded by new sights and sounds could be alarming.
Of course, when a puppy is scared, you can expect that he would not be able to relax, which in turn could lead to insomnia. Fear also triggers the flight or fight response in dogs, which always keeps them alert. Therefore, sleeping would definitely become a problem. In short, the puppy develops anxiety—and this is never a good thing.
Soothe your puppy’s anxiety. You can do this by playing soothing, classical music, or trying DAP Diffusers.
DAP Diffusers are Dog Appeasing Pheromones which are made to help calm your dog during stressful situations. DAP Diffusers are important because they make it easy for puppies to settle into their new homes, and be able to easily socialize with other puppies around them. You can also try using herbal remedies. There is one from Silver Lining Herbs called Keep it Cool, which trumps down emotional stress, separation anxiety, excessive whining, aggression, and fearfulness—and could help your puppy sleep better.
If you’ve already done everything, covered your plan, and made sure your puppy’s well-fed, and have peed or eliminated, and yet, he still wakes up in the middle of the night, it may mean that he is experiencing physical pain.
Usually, you might find him retching, pacing nervously, scratching an itchy part of his body, pawing or kicking at joints, drooling, or even smacking his lips. He may also be suffering from urinary tract infection or digestive upset—or maybe something else more serious.
Bring your puppy to the vet, stat!
Another reason why puppies may find it hard to sleep is critters.
You see, sometimes, puppies wake up in the middle of the night as if seeing something that’s invisible to the naked eye—and could definitely make you feel scared!
Well, instead of thinking that they’re seeing ghosts, you may actually think that they’re seeing critters under their bed, in the room, or might be feeling them moving around. Your puppy’s instinct tells him to hunt for these critters, and thus, he might find it hard to go back to sleep.
Well, it would be good to ask a pest inspector to come visit your house and check if there are any critters around. This would be beneficial not just for your puppy, but for you, as well. Remember that a clean environment is conducive to a puppy that sleeps well.
Meanwhile, if your puppy is suffering from an ailment and is undergoing medication, you might want to check whether he is also suffering from any side effects or so. Some medicines are known to make puppies restless, and may even have them suffer from insomnia.
Make sure that you read about side effects that certain medications bring, especially if your puppy is taking them. And, do not forget to contact your vet or bring your puppy to the vet for check-up.
You see, there are lots of reasons why dogs find it hard to sleep—but there definitely are solutions, too. Always check back on this chapter whenever your puppy experiences sleeping problems.
And of course, taking care of a puppy is not just limited to helping him sleep. There are certain things you have to know about—and you’ll find them all in this chapter!
Q: What shots does my puppy need?
A: Just like children, it is important to have puppies vaccinated to protect them from various diseases. What you have to keep in mind is that puppies usually need 3 sets of puppy shots, also known as DHLPP, which is a combination of vaccines that protect the puppy against diseases listed below:
• Para influenza
You can have them vaccinated once they’re 7 to 8 weeks of age. Each set of vaccines should be given in a span of 3 weeks from the last.
When your puppy is 16 weeks old, you can have him vaccinated against corona virus, and have him get booster shots annually for protection.
Q: What is the best puppy food?
A: Choosing puppy food could be tricky. This is because whatever you feed him definitely will affect the way he grows, and how his health would be like.
When it comes to puppy kibble, always go for one that’s based on meat (especially chicken or lamb), and not on grains, because grains are not really good for puppies, as well as cats. Go for those that meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards. This means that each bowl fills the healthy and balanced diet spectrum for your puppy.
Give your puppy lots of protein (at least 25%), with a good amount of fat (at least 15%). Also, check for puppy food that’s meant for your dog’s breed. Ask the vet for advice.
Try brands such as:
• Nature’s Variety
• Castor and Pollux
Q: When should I switch to adult dog food?
A: Small and medium-breed puppies should start eating adult dog food when they are 1 year old. Large breeds should switch once they reach the age of 2.
Q: How could housebreaking be efficient?
A: Housebreaking could be efficient with the help of a crate. It’s because puppies usually think of crates as somewhere for them to go, thus, their instinct would tell them to follow you—and the whole potty-training process could be easy.
You can start housebreak training once your puppy is around 6 to 8 weeks old. Crates easily help puppies understand when and where they should eliminate, and also helps prevent anxiety problems.
The key here is to make sure your puppy wouldn’t think of being in the crate as a punishment. Don’t even try teaching him how to housebreak when he does something wrong because then, it would not be effective and he will try to run away from it.
Try feeding him inside the crate so that he would associate it with something good. Or, you may try playing hide and seek with your pup, and let him hide in the cage. Or, say things like, “baby, where is your toy?” and then lure him to the crate. This way, the experience would be fun and easy for both of you!
Also, make it a point to keep the gates of the crate open so that your puppy would recognize it as his, and would not have a hard time trying to get in.
Q: How often should I play with my puppy?
A: Generally, you should aim for at least 3 to 6 play periods in day. This way, there would not be a lot of pent-up energy, and he won’t have a hard time sleeping at night.
Q: How do I introduce my new puppy to my original dog?
A: The key here is to choose a puppy of the opposite sex, if possible. This is because conflict usually arises between dogs of the same sex because of territorial problems. It’s also best to have them neutered/spayed so that you would have fewer problems about unwanted puppies.
Think about the dog’s temperament, and size, too. Some puppies may be a little too small as companions for your dog, and this would just elicit the bigger dog’s prey drive. Or, the older dog may also be annoyed with the puppy’s playful attitude.
You can always expect two puppies to be aloof from each other at first. This is normal. Just don’t forget to show both of them that you love them both dearly, and that no one is above the other.
However, there are times when you do have to give the original dog more of your time so that he would not feel jealous, and would not think like he is being replaced. The key is to make sure that they coexist—and they don’t try to outdo each other. This all starts with you.
Q: Why does my puppy bark and chew my things when I am not around?
A: Have you been receiving reports that your puppy has been howling or barking incessantly while you’re not at home? Have you seen your things destroyed because your puppy chewed on them?
Well, this may be a sign that your puppy is suffering from separation anxiety. As mentioned in earlier chapters, puppies need constant love and reassurance, and that’s why you have to make sure that if you can’t be around the whole day, there is someone who’d be able to provide the puppy with love and care.
You may also try training him to prevent or end separation anxiety. Here are a few suggestions:
• Try playing Frisbee, fetch, or walking him out before and after work. It’s always important to help your puppy understand that even though you’re busy, you’re still able to make time for him.
• Leave the TV or Radio on. It could help the puppy be preoccupied, and could also enhance his observation skills. Research shows that TV and radio actually have calming effects on puppies.
• Try Kong Toys. These are toys that you can fill with food overnight and would definitely keep the puppy happy even while you’re away.
• Teach obedience commands. It’s a way of building trust between you and the puppy. Sit, stay, and down are some of the best commands you could teach him. This also helps the puppy understand that he has to listen to you and give you the respect that you deserve.
• Desensitize the puppy. You can do this by picking up the things you usually take when you’re about to leave the house, such as your purse, keys, etc. Try picking them up, and leave the room for at least a minute or two and see how the puppy reacts.
Try this until you could leave for hours on end and your puppy would not be agitated anymore. For observation purposes, you could try installing a go pro or a CCTV camera to check how your puppy is doing. The more he acclimatizes to your coming and going, the easier it would be for him to understand that this is just a normal part of life.
• Have a bye-bye ritual. This way, he would easily know when you’re about to leave and he could prepare his self for it.
Q: Does my puppy have worms? What should I do if he has?
A: It is usual for puppies to have worms. Sometimes, you could easily see the said worms in his feces. There are also times—and these are worst times—when your puppy vomits with worms on them. Cough, rough coat, and a rounded and dull belly are also signs that your puppy may be suffering from worms.
It’s always best to bring your puppy to the vet for proper diagnosis, and to see what needs to be done. Take note that there might be various forms of worms involved, and then the right dewormer could be given.
Worms are different from heartworms, though, and you will learn more about them below.
Q: What are heartworms and are they contagious?
A: Heartworms usually just happen between animals because it is transmitted by mosquitoes. This happens when the mosquito gets hold of a blood infested meal that came from an infested animal.
While there are very few cases of humans being affected by heartworm, the heartworm does not usually complete its cycle, and therefore does not affect humans in scary ways. If your puppy has been vaccinated, there definitely is less risk for being affected with heartworms and other diseases.
Q: How often/long should I bathe/groom my puppy?
A: Short-haired breeds don’t often need to be groomed. Bathing them once a week is okay, and then have them groomed at least once every 3 months, but it all depends on your preferences. Long-haired breeds should be brushed daily to avoid tangles. Give them a bath once or twice a week, and have them groomed at least once every 3 months. Do not overdo bathing, though, because puppy’s skins are really sensitive.
Q: What if my puppy is constipated? What should I do?
A: First, you have to take note that constipation usually happens to puppies. However, those of small breeds may have difficulty with it.
Puppies usually get constipated because of hairball, or because they may not have enough exercise, or have not drunk enough fluids.
To help prevent and treat constipation, you have to make sure your puppy has enough water to drink, make sure he eats a healthy and well-balanced diet, and he gets to exercise regularly, too.
Q: What if my puppy has diarrhea? What should I do?
A: Diarrhea is tricky because it could happen either because of stomach upset, or because of something more serious, such as Parvo, which is a life-threatening illness.
The key here is to check the consistency of your puppy’s poop. If it is kind of like chocolate pudding, it may just be a sign that he ate something that is not good for him. This is fine, and it’ll probably go away with medication, but always check with your vet first.
However, if you see that he is no longer playful and alert, and if you see that he’s vomiting, the diarrhea could then be considered a sign that he’s going through something serious. Please bring him to the vet—stat!
Q: Why is my puppy eating his feces even if I regularly feed him?
A: Here’s the thing: it is somehow inherent to puppies to eat their feces. This is called Coprophagia.
It starts with the fact that mother dogs usually eat their puppies’ poop to keep them clean because they cannot leave their den yet. Basically, what you can do is just make sure that you clean up the poop right away so the puppy would not eat them.
Q: Why is my puppy always scratching and licking himself?
A: If your puppy constantly licks and scratches himself, it is a sign that he is suffering from allergies. Canine allergies may be caused by:
• Dog Food
Also, some dogs are more prone to allergies than others. They are:
• Cocker Spaniels
• Shi Tzus
• Lhasa Apsos
• Labrador Retrievers
• Irish Settlers
As there are different triggers, you can also expect that there are various ways of treating allergies, too.
However, allergies usually happen when the puppy is over a year old already. What you can do is prevent the allergy by:
Try maintaining a flea prevention/treatment routine. Try K9 Advantix or other topical flea preventatives, especially during flea season. In some places, this could be year-round!
Always keep his diet in check. Feed him with high quality food. Organic dog food is also a must, especially if you see that he does not feel good with his original diet.
Q: Why does my puppy mount my leg?
A: Contrary to popular belief, this does not amount to sexual behavior, especially if the puppy is younger than 6 months of age.
This is actually a sign of playful behavior. He wants to call your attention, and wants you to start playing with him. This is also a sign that he needs more mental stimulation.
Give him toys or puzzles that he can play with. And, if he does this to others, tell him that it is rude, and try to get his attention. It is all a matter of disciplining him—but make sure you do not hurt him at all.
Q: How can I properly train my puppy?
A: Everyone wants their puppies to grow into respectful, obedient dogs. Of course, it all starts with proper training—as early as possible. You definitely have to have lots of patience, and you should:
• Tell your puppy exactly what you want him to do in a calm but dignified manner;
• Help him understand how to perform the said behavior, and;
• Make sure that you reward him with treats and praises once he’s able to complete and deliver what you want him to do.
Positive Reinforcement is important—and that is what you should always keep in mind.
Thank you for reading this book!
I hope that this book was able to help you understand how you can train your puppy to go to sleep at the right time, and make sure that his health is in check.
Remember: at times when you feel like you have no idea how to help your puppy sleep, consult this book, and make sure that you apply what you have learned.
Sleep is important—especially for puppies, so it’s just right that you try to make the process easy for them.
Finally, if you enjoyed this book, please take time to post a review.
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Thank you, and good luck!
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