Nighttime can be one of the most difficult times for a new pet owner and her puppy. As your new puppy tries to get used to her crate, you may struggle with her incessant whining to be let out. The good news is this isn't something you have to deal with every night. When a puppy is made calm, she's less likely to make noise. This allows you both to have a calm, restful night.
Make sure your puppy exercises before bed. Puppies who are too wound up before bed will have a hard time calming down for the night. Ten to 20 minutes before bed, take your puppy for a long walk or play with her until she tuckers out. She'll be more apt to take to her crate than if she were wide awake.
Place a hot water bottle under his covers to mimic him being with his litter mates. The heat can be very comforting for the little puppy and can help his body relax. He'll be sleeping in no time and won't even notice the water bottle cooling down.
Add an old T-shirt to the crate so your puppy smells your scent. Most puppy breeds want to stick to their new owner rather than go in a crate. By placing a T-shirt in the crate, she's able to smell your scent and more easily go to sleep.
Keep a favorite toy in the crate for him to play with until he's sleepy. A toy can be a great item to keep him busy, just in case he isn't sleepy yet. He'll play with the toy until he's sleeping, allowing you to go to sleep without listening to your new pup whine.
Mimic the sound of her mother's heartbeat with an old-fashioned clock. The clock can be placed inside an old sock that is tied off and then tucked into the corner of the crate. The ticking provides a soothing sound that will remind the pup of her mother's heartbeat.
Ignore whining. Puppies will usually whine upon first being put in his crate. If there's nothing wrong with him, ignore the whining and give him time to quiet down. Most puppies will whine for around 20 minutes before giving up.
Items You Will Need
- Hot water bottle
- Old T-shirt
- Old-fashioned clock
- Avoid using heating pads to add warmth to the crate unless the pad is specifically made for this puppy use.
- Puppies will usually need to go back out in the middle of the night so be sure not to ignore whining that occurs after the pup has fallen asleep.
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