Are you wondering if your dog is getting enough sleep?

Or perhaps you have a new puppy and want to establish the best bedtime routine?

Then this guide is for you. 

You see, just like humans, dogs thrive on adequate rest. And poor quality sleep could be a cause for concern. 

So the following tips can help you create a healthy sleep schedule for your dog. 

Giving you both the best possible sleep yet. 

Step 1: Understanding Your Dog’s Needs

Dogs, especially puppies, require plenty of sleep to support their growth. 

Puppies typically need between 12 to 18 hours each day. While adult dogs generally sleep for about 11 hours. 

And don’t forget: your puppy will need to use the toilet during the night. As it’s normal for a young pup to need ‘to go’ every 2 to 4 hours.

So don’t be surprised when they wake you up during the night. 

This will start to phase out as your dog gets older. Eventually being able to sleep through the night. 

Step 2: The Perfect Sleeping Spot

Choosing the right sleeping area is crucial for your dog’s comfort and security. 

Start with a cosy and appropriately sized crate or bed. Simply take into account your dog’s breed, size and growing needs. 

Opt for soft bedding with raised sides to create a sense of protection. 

It’s also a great idea to add familiar items like cuddly toys or blankets in your dog’s bed. 

These can offer comfort and reassurance, especially for puppies adjusting to their new surroundings.

Step 3: Being Consistent 

Consistency is key when it comes to establishing a sleep routine for your dog. 

Set regular bedtime rituals to signal the transition to sleep. 

Start by feeding your dog their dinner about three hours before bedtime. This will give them time to fully digest. 

Then engage in calming activities such as a leisurely walk or gentle playtime. 

Do this an hour before bed to help your dog slowly unwind. 

Just make sure your dog has emptied their bladder before going back into the house.

Step 4: The Ideal Environment

Ensure your dog’s sleeping area is ideal for restful sleep. 

Dogs, just like humans, are influenced by melatonin. So they need a quiet and dark space to sleep. 

This will help regulate your dog’s sleep-wake cycle. Promoting deeper and more restorative sleep.

Don’t forget to remove any distractions which might keep your pup awake!

Step 5: Regular Exercise

A crucial step in your dog’s bedtime routine. 

Exercise can help promote a more restful sleep for your pup (and yourself). 

So make sure your furry friend gets plenty of physical activity during the day. Walks, puzzle feeders, toys, obstacle courses… the options are endless. 

Helping them burn energy and keep them mentally stimulated. 

Step 6: On The Lookout

It’s essential to monitor your dog for any signs of sleep deprivation. 

Changes in behaviour such as increased barking, irritability, or difficulty settling down could mean your dog is not getting enough rest. 

Addressing these signs can prevent potential health issues. So don’t hesitate to speak to your vet if you’re concerned. 

Sweet Dreams

Whether your dog is still a puppy or well into their adult years… 

It’s never too late to work on their sleep habits. 

By following these tips, you can easily establish a bedtime routine to help your dog thrive.

So they can be ready to take on each day to the fullest.