Training your puppy to sleep at night can be a challenging task, but it is an important part of the process of raising a well-behaved and happy dog. While you’re potty training your puppy I would highly recommend to use crate at night. This will avoid accidents from happening and will teach your puppy that the crate is a safe place where he or she can rest and relax. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Establish a consistent bedtime routine: It’s important to establish a consistent bedtime routine for your puppy, which should include calm activities to wind down and having a potty break. This will help your puppy understand that it is time get ready for bed.
2. Do not rile your puppy up and get her excited close to bed time thinking your going to tire her out. This will make your puppy restless and more prone to seek for your attention at bed time. Keep the bedtime routine nice and calm.
3. Ignore nightime barking or whining: It is natural for puppies to whine or bark a little bit, especially if they are not used to being alone. However, it is important to ignore this behavior and not give in to your puppy’s demands for attention.
4. Once your puppy is in the crate, never give eye contact, talk or engage . If you do so your puppy will think that is time to play or engage and will start barking out of frustration. Is not fair to engage with them if they can’t get out. Once your puppy is in the crate do not engage.
5. If your puppy is settled in the crate and relaxed, DO NOT give treats to reward behavior. This is a huge mistake and bad advice a I keep seeing all the time. Treats and food usually makes puppy excited. The last thing you want to do once your puppy is settled is to interrupt their calm state of mind. If you want to use treats put them before your puppy is in the crate. Make some crumbs and hide them at the end of them crate. The scent and the search will calm your puppy and it will still create a positive association with the crate.
Training your puppy to sleep at night takes a little bit of time and patience, but with consistent effort and a simple routine, your puppy will soon learn to sleep peacefully through the night.
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