You might have gone out of your mind once your new puppy won’t quit barking and whining when you place him/her cage to sleep at night. You may wonder- How much do puppy sleep in a day? and how to get a puppy to sleep at night?
These two are the billion dollar question to answer by any pet owner or even a dog trainer…
One of the perfect way, most of the puppy owners found to get the puppy used to sleeping in their crate at night is to bring the crate into their bedroom itself…
But make sure that you’ve potty trained, exercised and well fed before bedtime.
You can read some interesting books with lights on in your room. This will made your puppy to get rid of separation anxiety and also it will be very cool.
If your puppy whines or barks, say- “shhhhhhh”, once your little pet quiets, comment about the puppy- ‘goodgirl/boy‘ in gentle voice.
Once you’ve noticed your puppy and confident that puppy is laid and settling down, you can switch off the light and keep your books closed…
Again if your puppy whines/frets, give a gentle ’shhhhh’. If you’re going to sleep, shift yourself for every few minutes and breathe audibly and deeply…Because your puppy should hear you and realize that you’re near him/her to take care off...Be less anxious.
I think you know very well that your puppy used to sleep with him/her kith and kin, it is a real change for the pup to sleep on their own!
If possible get a cloth with its mother odor and also litter scent from your breeder or a pet owner, where you brought your puppy. If you can’t get those odor cloth, you can use your own shirt inside the crate to get accustomed with your own scent (You’ve became foster mother-lol!)
Do remember to stuff the crate with toys and soft beddings to get your puppy a good night sleep!
This procedure of sleeping your puppy in your bedroom should be continued for couple of weeks or until your puppy settles down. Once your puppy started to sleep immediately after entering into your bedroom, you can shift the crate along with the sleeping puppy to a different area of your house.