How to make a puppy go to sleep fast?

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Strategy Two: Teach Your Dog to Relax

Some dogs come with an off switch. I own one. I don’t know how I got Barley to lie quietly under my chair.

Keeping Barley sufficiently exercised is a huge part of my success. Karen Overall’s relaxation protocol is what it is.

The fifteen-day protocol teaches your dog to lie calmly on a bed, towel, or blanket for increasingly longer periods of time through scenarios which become increasingly more distracting. It is helpful for dogs that won’t sleep, and is one of my favorite skills to teach.

The goal of Karen Overall’s Relaxation Protocol is not to teach your dog to sleep, but to teach your dog to relax.

It is worth taking a few minutes per day to train your dog how to relax.

Strategy Three: Give Your Dog a Quiet Place to Sleep

Have you ever tried to sleep while people are talking?

It is hard for many people to sleep when their environment is busy or loud. This is true if you are not tired.

Try to give your dog a quiet place to sleep. A crate or bed in a bedroom can keep everyone happy because many dogs like being near their people. If you have guests over. You want your dog to sleep. It will help to have a quiet place for your dog to go.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, ugly or time consuming to create a quiet “den” for your dog. If we give my dog a blanket or towel to sleep on, he prefers this over a big dog bed.

Take note of where your dog is when she falls asleep. If you have a big fluffy bed in a dark crate and she chooses to sleep on the tile in your kitchen, your problem might be a mismatch between your dog’s preferences and her sleeping arrangements.

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Giving your dog some quiet time to wind down before bed will help her relax into sleep instead of pacing, panting, or whining while you are trying to sleep.

Other things you can give your dog to help him sleep

Medicating your dog may seem extreme, but what other options do you have?

There are other ways to help your dog sleep through the night.

The massage is soothing.

Even if they are anxious and restless, every dog loves a tummy massage. A gentle rub down in the evening can help your dog relax.

Use your hands to sweep their body. Dogs like to be massaged around their back, stomach, neck, and head.

Don’t touch the areas your dog feels uncomfortable in.

Relax by playing calming music.

Dogs find classical music relaxing, according to a study conducted in the UK. It keeps them calm, since they have been stressed in an animal shelter.

Your dog has great taste. If you want your dog to have a peaceful night’s sleep, turn up your lo-fi beats and Mozart.

Night cuddles.

It’s possible that your dog is restless because they feel lonely. Two-thirds of Americans feel separation anxiety when they turn in for the night if your dog doesn’t sleep with you.

This is common if your dog is young. Puppies whine when their owners are not around.

That doesn’t mean that you should let your dog sleep with you. There are pros and cons. This is a very personal decision.

An evening cuddle and bonding session can help your dog sleep.

Establishing a routine

Similar to human babies, dogs thrive off of routine. Consistency helps your dog feel at home.

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Start with your typical daily routine and work backwards to get your dog into a healthy routine. How convenient is it to walk your dog?

Are you feeding your dog twice a day? Your dog’s sleep can be affected by the time you feed them.

After establishing mealtimes, you can work out bathroom breaks which should be around 30mins after eating.

Bedtime for your dog depends on how tired they are and how late their final meal is.

This is the daily routine for my dogs.

Breakfast is from 30AM to 8AM, daily walk is from 12PM to 12PM, and dinner is from 30PM to 8PM. The back door closes at 9PM.

A tired puppy will sleep better. Just like toddlers!

Crate training

Your puppy or dog will benefit from crate training.

The crate needs to be appealing, comfortable, and cozy for effective crate training at night. It needs to be a safe place for your dog to stay.

The more positive the associations with the crate, the better.

If your dog feels safe in the crate, you can turn it into a sleeping spot at night. It is time for sleep when you put them in a crate at night. It should help to regular their sleep patterns.

When my dog wanted to nap during the day, she would put herself in her crate and go to sleep at night. She just slept in her sleeping cave. It’s the level of comfort and security you want.

The top tip is not to force it. Don’t force it on your dog if they don’t like the sheltered life after puppyhood. Some dogs are not suited for crates into adulthood. Rescue dogs may struggle if they already have negative associations with cages.

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