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Puppies at night: Train your puppies for night time even when alone at home

Congratulations! You’ve finally adopted a puppy. Now, you’re in for a whirlwind few months of love, excitement, and joy.

Unfortunately, like any other new parent, you are in for some challenging nights when you will learn how hard it is to teach a dog how to be alone and sleep peacefully throughout the night.

From the day you bring a new puppy to your home – whether it is eight weeks old or four months, it is your responsibility to set them up for successful nights. It is okay even if you make mistakes during the puppy training early on, but it shouldn’t haunt you for weeks.

Dog training time: How to prepare your puppy for bedtime?
What your puppy does in the evening has a big impact on how well they sleeps at night. Dogs love sleeping, so your dog will probably try to snooze during the evening. If you let this happen, they will probably wake up refreshed around the middle of the night waiting to rock and roll. Never let your dog sleep a lot during the evening. Make sure they run around the house and you play with them to keep them busy and tired till the time for bed rolls around.

Make sure your dog doesn’t have any water or food before going to bed either. If it goes to the bed with a full bladder and belly, you are guaranteed to have a rough night’s sleep. Generally, you should avoid giving them food and water for at least 1 hours before bedtime. Only during rare instances when a puppy must have access to food and water frequently due to medical issues should you be lenient to dogs.

You must have everything needed to set up a potty trip for your dog. The arrangement should be readily accessible before you go to bed such that you will not have to scramble around to look for it at night. Always have something to wear (robe or jacket, slippers or shoes, etc.) apart from the puppy’s leash you will be using, a flashlight if needed, poo pickup bags. When you wake up at night, you will be glad you had arranged everything for such a moment.

Be sure that you give your new dog a few chances to empty out during the evening and before sleeping. Even if it is asleep, make sure to wake it up and get it emptied out before going to bed for the night.
 

How you can get your puppy used to being home alone?

In the first few months, puppies and young dogs should not be left alone for too long as they need to experience the world as much as possible to ensure that they grow up to be well behaved and sociable. As puppies can get bored easily, they might end up involving themselves with some sort of mischief when left alone for long. It is important that you ensure that your puppy has enough mental and physical stimulation to help it behave appropriately.

However, it would be a good idea to teach them to get used to your absence. You can start by leaving them alone for short periods of time, and then gradually increase the time limit. It is important because, at some point in time, you will be leaving your puppy alone at home and if they aren’t used to it, they might become distressed.

First, decide on the room where you’ll be happy to leave your puppy alone. Some prefer their dogs be left in utility rooms while some prepare kitchens for dog training as it is easy to clean up any potential mess. Give them a toy or something to keep them occupied such that they don’t get up to any mischief. Also, remember to give them a potty place.
 

Village Vets: Consult us and give your pets the love and care it deserves
At Village Vets, we often have clients who are worried that their dogs are too hyperactive especially at night. We suggest to them how they can calm down their dogs and get them to have a peaceful sleep at night. Our vets and nurses are always on hand if you’re going away for some urgent work and you want someone to take care of your pet. We can teach them how to be a good pet and give them the love and care they deserve until you come back.

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