Like humans, dogs are most active during the day and naturally prefer to sleep at night. Even though they often take naps, they usually fall into deep, long sleep at night. Although your new puppy’s sleep schedule may (yet) be in sync with yours, you can try many recommended tips and tricks to help you both sleep as much as possible. Dog sleep training takes time. Instead of changing diapers, your puppy needs to rest in the toilet at night until they are mature enough to hold him all night. Fortunately, it’s usually easy to get a puppy to sleep all night!

Reasons Why Your Puppy May Not Sleep Peacefully 

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They are not used to sleeping without the same litter and mother. This can lead to isolated pain.

They will feel uncertain about the new environment. Everything smells and looks different. They may hear sounds they have never heard before all night. This change may be exciting for them, making it difficult for them to settle down and sleep, or it may be overwhelming, making them nervous.

The bladder of a puppy is very small. Most people can’t hold him all night, and many puppies instinctively don’t want to dirty their sleeping place. If they have the urge to go, they will complain or cry in the cage.

Where Should Your Puppy Sleep?

Although you may eventually want your dog to sleep in bed with you (or your child), it is best to let your dog start sleeping in the crate – once they are completely toilet free, you can always put them to bed later – trained, sleeping soundly and happily adapted to their crate. Crate training is always easier when young, rather than trying to make them sleep comfortably in the crate later in life.

What To Expect On Your Puppy’s First Night Home

Your puppy’s first night home may take one of two ways:

They will be exhausted by the excitement of the day, and then go straight to sleep, or

It will be difficult for them to settle down. Moving to a new home with a stranger is a stressful thing, even if all the introductions go well.

Ask your dog’s keeper, foster family or rescue organization for toys, towels or blankets that smell like your dog’s mother/sibling or former home so that they can be put into their dog cage before going to bed. These familiar smells will help them relax and settle down. Get more crate training tips here.

The younger your puppies are, the less likely they are to be able to sleep all night in the first place. Dogs don’t like to dirty their sleeping place, so if your dog needs to travel at night, they will start to make a fuss and cry. When you hear them crying, take them out for a walk, then take them back inside and put them back in their crate. Most puppies sleep all night when they are 3 or 4 months old until they are ready for bed.

How to Get a Puppy to Sleep Through the Night

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Help them exercise a lot during the day.

During the day, the dog’s body and mind will be stimulated by age-appropriate activities and toys (such as a Kong puppy dog toy). Another top choice your puppy will definitely like is a puppy gift box filled with puppy toys and chews.

Toys and activities will help you connect with your puppies and consume their energy. As your puppies grow up, they will need more exercise.

Keep calm before going to bed.

Try to avoid the fierce tug of war or other exciting activities, which will make your dog wake up and excited about half an hour before going to bed. Many dogs like routine: my dog knows that when I brush my teeth at night, it’s almost time to go to bed.

Make sure they have urine and stool.

Sometimes when puppies go out, they are distracted by the sights and sounds of the world and forget that they are out for a reason. An “empty” puppy will sleep longer than a puppy that needs to leave.

Make their crate comfortable.

Many dogs like soft blankets, such as the Frisco Sherpa blanket, which can be curled up in a dog cage at night. When choosing the most suitable bedding for your puppy, please consider the temperature and time of the year: no one wants flannel bedding at 90 degrees!

Give them something to chew.

Chewing is a sedative activity that all dogs enjoy; This is especially true when your puppy has teeth! Some people give their dog a biscuit or an edible chew before going to bed, such as Nylabone health food dog mutton and apple dog bone snack, or you can give your dog a bone or toy. I recommend a toy without a squeak. If your puppy wakes up before you wake up, putting a dog toy or bone in the cage can also help your puppy play quietly.

Put your puppy’s suitcase nearby.

I like to put my dogs by my bed so that they won’t be lonely. If they wake up at night, I will hear their voices. When their families were destroyed, they were allowed more freedom.

When Do Puppies Start Sleeping Through the Night?

Most puppies are sleepless at about 4 months (16 weeks) of age. But with some help, diligence and active training, you may be able to bring your puppy there earlier!

When I brought Fozzie bear home, he slept more soundly at night when he was 10 weeks old, but I still needed to take him out for a night bedpan rest until he was 15 weeks old. As you can see in the illustration, we have had some difficult nights ourselves!

Each puppy is different, and your puppy may need more or less time to adapt and settle down at night. Remember that your patience, compassion, and consistency will ultimately be worth it – for both of you.

In addition to setting up their sleep zones for longer sleep, you can also start some training techniques – learn how to train your puppy at night.


It’s hard when your puppy stays up all night. Lack of sleep is bad for you and your dog, but the good news is that lack of sleep is only a short period in a dog’s life. Using the suggestions we have listed will help reduce the stress of your puppy’s transition to a new home with you. In a few weeks, he will have a good night’s sleep. Before you realize it, all this will become a vague memory, because you and your dog have a lifetime of play and love.