Have you ever tried to go to sleep and your dog just keeps waking up? Does your dog move around a lot? Maybe your pup just has too much energy that you just do not know what to do? Does your dog tend to bark at every little thing? You just feel so hopeless.
Many other dog owners, just like you, have the same issues. Before we can start on how to help you and your dog get a good night’s rest, you will need to know the reasons your dog stays up at night.
Common Reasons Your Dog Has Trouble Sleeping
There can be many reasons to your dog being awake late at night: a late night distraction, extra energy, or a thunderstorm. The main reasons that will be explored is extra energy, separation anxiety, and loneliness. These three are the most common issues for your dog at night.
Many popular breeds like the Siberian Husky or the Boxer have an abundance of energy. They could bounce off the walls with their energy. These two breeds are not the only one with this type of personality. Even the more laid back breeds have quite a bit of stored momentum.
If a dog does not expend this energy, this can cause them to be awake longer at night. Your pup will most likely be too awake to fall asleep and will want to bark at the neighborhood cat. He will need an outlet to release all the pent up stamina.
Anxiety can be a major issue for your pup. Maybe your dog has been used to you letting him sleep on your bed and now that he is too big, you just cannot do it anymore. Your dog just wants to sleep with you. He gets anxious when he is not with you. This can be a big reason to why he is not sleeping.
Maybe you leave your dog in the other room when you go to sleep. When your dog is not with you, he gets anxious. This is normal especially if he does not get to see you very much. He wants to make sure you are okay and wants to be at your side at all time. This is normal for a dog.
This easily goes hand in hand with separation anxiety. Sometimes your dog can get lonely without you. He can also get lonely if he has no one else to comfort him. This can be tiring for you if you do not have all the time in the world to spend with your dog. It is understandable but we will discuss that later.
Now you are aware of what can cause your dog to be awake. There are other reasons, like something outside makes a noise, but those three are the main reasons.
How To Make Your Dog Sleep
There are many ways you can help your dog sleep. There are activities, medication, herbs, scents, and so much more. Today, we will discuss the easier ways to fix your dog’s lack of sleep.
The number one thing you can do to help your puppy learn when is bedtime is routine. I cannot emphasize this enough. If you are dancing and playing with your dog right before bedtime, he will be too spirited to fall asleep. The best thing you can do is have a quiet routine that your dog knows about. Your dog will catch on that it is time to go to bed if you follow this routine. He will understand that when you turn the T.V. off, then the lights, and go to your room to finish your night off with a few minutes of reading, that you are ready for that shut eye. Dogs are smart and learn quicker than you think. Straying from this routine will be fine but try to establish a routine before changing it up. If you change the routine too early, then your dog may be thrown off and not understand when bedtime is.
If your dog has separation anxiety, your dog may not be falling asleep because he is in the next room or used to sleeping on your bed. The easiest thing you can do is provide a dog bed for your pup and put it in your room. Just being in the room with you will help him with his sleep depravity.
If you cannot accommodate your dog with this, you can use the suggested advice of crate
training and/or companionship.
If your dog sleeps in another room and has separation anxiety, you can provide him with a companion. I know one dog is a responsibility and two will be even more, but this can help your dog. Your pup will have a friend that he can play with and have fun with. A companion helps comfort your pup when you are not able to. Another dog or even a cat can make a world of difference. This can also help with exercise!
Your dog will have loads of energy. Dogs just do even when they start to age in their older years. There are many ways to help with this. The biggest thing you can do to help use that energy takes your puppy on walks. This will easily release all that pent up stamina and help you as well.
Like I said before, you can also get another dog to help with that energy. Those two pups will play and exhaust each other so by the time you are ready for bed, they are two.
Training your dog can help your dog sleep. I do not even mean training your dog to sleep. Just simply training your dog will mentally drain your pup and make him sleepy. Remember when you used to go to school and you had to learn a lot or maybe even your first day on a new job learning all those new rules? You would come home drained. This can be the same for your dog.
You can also crate train your dog. See the video in the link below. Yes you may feel bad, but if you stick with it your dog will be fine. Your dog will love the stability of routine.
Now that you know what you can do to help your dog, try these tips out. Not all will work for you. We all have our different techniques and tricks that help and then others that do not. Do what is best for you and your pup.
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