5 Sleep Tips for Your Dog
For some of us, our dogs are our kids. We proudly proclaim ourselves dog moms (or dads), and care for them just as good, if not better, than we do our family and friends. But do you ever wonder about how your furry friend sleeps? We assume that dogs can sleep pretty much anywhere and on anything, but they still need ample sleep, just like us. Here’s a handful of sleep tips for your dog.
- Don’t share your bed with your new dog, at least not right away. It’s important to get your dog accustomed to normal sleeping arrangements before your bed, even if he or she whines at night. Comforting your dog will reinforce crying and send the signal that your dog can summon you at any time.[separator size=”20″]
- If you have a pup that just can’t sleep, there’s a couple things to make his/her crate more comfortable: place a warm blanket for sleeping (mimics body heat): place a clock that makes a ticking sound (mimics a mother’s heartbeat). You can also try playing the radio softly (mimics company).[separator size=”20″]
- Make sure your dog gets enough exercise, or it could be restless at night. Depending on the breed, age and fitness, you may be able to tire him out in 30 minutes . . or 3 hours. This is actually the most common cause of canine insomnia.[separator size=”20″]
- Get another dog. They can suffer from anxiety, especially when separated from their owners or company for extended periods. Give them a play mate that they can hang out with and develop a bond with. Also, sleeping by each other under the same roof will comfort them both at night.[separator size=”20″]
- Give them a bath. Fleas and and itchiness can keep your pet up at night. If they’re flea free, but still scratching so much it messes with their sleep, talk to a vet.[separator size=”20″]
Following these simple tips should make for a more enjoyable sleep for your dog. Got any other specific tips you can offer? Tell us in the comments below.