Here are five top tips to help your dog get a great night’s sleep that are all affordable, simply to implement and as well worth doing as much to prevent your dog from becoming restless than cure a dog who is.
- Tire Your Dog Out Ahead of Bed
Ideally families, couples and individuals should always seek to get a dog that suits their lifestyle, but as this is not always possible, for example when a relative passes a dog onto a family or a stray is taken in and ends up staying permanently, it is important to ensure you are providing your dog with all it needs. After all, failing to do so is only likely to cause you to suffer too, especially when under-exercising a dog results in it charging about the house or howling all night.
Then, and because different dog breeds require very different levels of exercise, and amount of it; to see which breed needs what exercise, how much and as well how often, take a moment to look at the Prevention website PDF chart: Give Your Dog a Work Out.
- Plug in a Dog Diffuser
Some dogs, just like some people, are more anxious than others. Dogs like any creature have personalities after all. Fortunately, the Feliway Company (which first created the Feliway Cat Diffuser to help stressed out cats learn to chill out) recognising that dogs can be stressed too, and realising the success of their cat diffusers, now also sell diffusers for dogs.
The diffusers work much like plug in air fresheners and cannot be smelt by people. Further, they have no effect on people, but can have a dramatic effect on dogs, distressing, calming and soothing especially highly-strung dogs.
Then, for dogs that are highly stressed and struggle to sleep as a consequence, a dog diffuser is an inexpensive solution that in almost all cases produces instant results. To learn more about it and where to buy a dog diffuser either speak to your vet or simply visit the Feliway website.
- Invest in a New Dog Bed, Quilt or Cushion
If your dog is specifically showing an aversion to using its own bed and whether the bed is old or new, it is a good idea to at least consider changing things up. For those unwilling or who cannot afford a new bed, often simply replacing an old or existent cushion or quilt with a new one suffices.
What’s more, opt to shop for one via the likes of Pet Luxury or even purchase one as part of a Christmas present for a sleepless pooch and this can turn dealing with the nightmare of dealing with an insomnia dog into a fun and far more enjoyable experience. In turn, doing anything to reduce the bad vibes and stress levels in the house when faced with a restless dog is only likely to improve the chances of you, your dog and your family getting a good night’s sleep.
- Give it Time
When it comes to puppies, just like with babies (after all, that is exactly what a puppy is), getting into a routine can take time. Further, when training a rescue dog or re-training an adult dog the same is true.
Then, do not be disheartened and try not to be quick to anger if your dog proves a little restless or excitable; whilst everything is new to a puppy, routines and bedtimes are as well to many rescue and older dogs when they haven’t previously experienced them. This means even a more mature dog can be distracted, roused or woken often by just about anything and it can be difficult to convince them to go to sleep.
Whilst for some the temptation is, and should these issues arise, to allow a dog into the bedroom and even bed to prevent them otherwise howling, yapping and scratching at the door, this is a big no no unless you intend to let your pooch sleep in your bed permanently and for the long haul; letting your dog bed down with you is only going to get it into the routine of doing so. And while it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks, suffice to say; it is far easier to teach a pup them.
- Establish a Routine
Because your dog recognises you as its pack leader or master it as such looks to you to know what is going on. Then, if you don’t know what is going on or keep the order, this is only likely to result in an anxious and / or confused dog. At worst, poor organisation could result in forgetting to feed or let your dog out head of bedtime.
So, and to avoid having to deal with an insomnia suffering and stressed out pooch, simply ensure to settle the household down come evening (having exercised your dog in the day), feed him or her two hours before bed to allow their dinner to digest and prevent sending them to sleep on either an overly full or empty stomach and finally, never forget to let them out ahead of sleep time as this will avoid accidents, or your dog waking you in the night to go do its business.