How to Get Puppies to Sleep

Train your puppy to sleep through the night and you might finally get a full night's rest, too.

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Turns out you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. You just need these Howcast videos, which include advice on how to train a puppy. Among the things you'll learn: how to get a dog to stop barking incessantly; how to calm an overactive dog; how to get your dog to stop jumping on people; how to potty train a puppy; how to stop a puppy from biting; how to stop your dog from begging at the table; and much more.

 
 

You Will Need

  • Feeding schedule
  • Exercise
  • Puppy bed or crate
  • Hot water bottle or heating pad

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Set a feeding schedule

    Get your puppy on a regular feeding schedule and follow it strictly so you'll know when your puppy needs to take care of his business.

  2. Don't give puppy food or water later in the evening. Set a cut-off time of 7:00 p.m.

  3. Step 2

    Give him exercise

    Give your puppy plenty of exercise during the day. Go for a walk after work or play fetch in the yard. Wind things down with a more gentle activity, like brushing or petting, close to bedtime.

  4. Step 3

    Take them out

    Take the puppy outside right before bedtime, even if they don't have to go. They'll eventually learn what's expected of them.

  5. Step 4

    Set up his bed

    Set up a bed or crate in your bedroom, preferably next to your bed. The puppy will take sleeping cues from you when it's time for lights out.

  6. If the puppy must sleep in another room, put a white noise machine or ticking clock nearby to soothe them.

  7. Step 5

    Expect interruptions

    Expect that the puppy won't be able to make it through the night for awhile. If they cry, go out for a potty break immediately and then return the puppy directly to bed. Eventually, they'll be able to hold it longer. Don't play with them or they'll wake you up each time they want to get frisky.

  8. Step 6

    Soothe the puppy

    Make a new puppy feel more at home by placing a hot water bottle or heating pad under a blanket in their sleeping area to imitate their litter mates. Soon both the puppy -- and you! -- will sleep like a baby.

  9. Dalmatian puppies are born with a pure white coat -- their spots develop as they mature.

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