If you are a new owner of a cute little ball of fluff and are looking for tips on how to calm your puppy at bedtime, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Puppies tend to be very sensitive to their environment, and if they are not used to it, they may act up. You can learn how to do this in your own home, or even in a local dog obedience class.

Puppy bedtime is going to take some time to get into a routine, so it will help to start this early.

 

First things first

A puppy is like an infant who needs to have a routine. When you bring a new puppy home, it will take some time before they become accustomed to their new home. This is where it’s crucial to create a routine so that you don’t confuse them with all the different activities in your house at other times. When you first bring them home, try to create a daily schedule for them to use. You can have a daily routine consisting of feeding them, playing with their toys, taking them outside, and walking them.

The first thing you need to do is get the puppy used to the idea that he will be sleeping if he is in his bed at nighttime. Just as with adults, the bed should not be associated with playtime. This may sound like a chore, but the more that you give him time to adjust, the easier it will be. One way is to invest in a high-quality dog bed specifically for this task, and bobby dog beds are often regarded as excellent choices.

As soon as you see that your puppy is comfortable in his bed at night, put him there. You can do this by putting him down and giving him a small treat. After that, slowly take him out in circles around the room and gradually get him to the point where you are not touching him when he wakes up in the morning.

 

Calm crates

One interesting method is purchasing what is known as a calm crate. The crate is an enclosed room that will prevent your puppy from escaping the room you want it to associate with sleep. You can place toys in the crate as well as the food that your dog eats.

 

Understand what food your puppy needs

It is essential that the food you feed your dog to be high in protein and low on carbohydrates.

When you put food into the crate for your dog to eat, you should never give it the same food each day. Instead, give them a new type of food and have them try their favorite food. Repeat this process for several weeks until your dog knows which food they prefer. After that, you will begin switching between foods so that your dog gets used to being in their crate with their food.

You may even decide that you would rather your dog eat only dry food. You can still make the crate comfortable so that the dog feels like it is safe when they are eating in it. You can also have a small water bowl in the crate to fill up with water to keep the dog hydrated.

If you don’t like to take your dog to the store or aren’t sure what food to give them, you can find food that will provide a mixture of both dry and canned food. This way, you can have some protein but be sure that you are giving them the proper amount of carbohydrates and vitamins.

 

Benefits of hiring a trainer

Most people who have ever tried training a dog with treats or by themselves wonder if they would have had more success if they had been hiring a professional dog trainer. After all, there is an enormous amount of work involved, and you want to be sure that the job gets done right.

Firstly, you can expect your puppy to be much more obedient and safe when trained by someone who knows what they are doing. A dog is a highly intelligent animal that can learn things quickly. It doesn’t matter what age or breed of dog you have, the majority of these animals will be more likely to be compliant once you train them.

They have to be able to distinguish between their owners’ voices and that of strangers, for example, and most are very adaptable to being around people for any length of time. This means that there will be fewer accidents if you are away from home when training your dog. You also don’t want your puppy to get bored or become destructive when they’re not taught. With a professional, you can be confident that they give your dog their full attention and are happy and healthy as they are training.

If you want to learn how to calm a dog, you must teach it to understand your voice. By ensuring your pup recognizes your voice as the person giving commands, it should calm it down when it is becoming over-excited. It helps to meter your tone when trying to calm it down. Yelling and loud noises have the same effect on dogs as they do with humans, i.e., it is far more stressful and makes it harder to fall asleep naturally.

Secondly, you won’t have to worry about overtraining your puppy when they aren’t being trained. Many puppies are naturally very playful and eager to try new things. However, it can be hard to find time to give your puppy their needs when working and have other obligations. When you have a professional working with your dog, however, you can rest assured that you’ll be spending some quality time together, and this alone will make them much more enjoyable to be around. This time together will make it easier for them to learn various things without being bored and frustrated.

 

Summary

Learning how to calm a puppy at bedtime takes some time and effort, but it is ultimately not that difficult. The more you use positive reinforcement and consistency, the sooner your puppy will figure it out. Once they understand commands and have a routine, the less he will try to bark and misbehave. Simultaneously, you will not have to spend hours training him, as long as you do it right from the start.

So you’re getting a puppy – how exciting! Getting a new puppy is a time of real excitement for you and your family.

You have researched the breed you’re getting, or secured an adoption at a rescue centre, waited weeks that can seem like years, and finally you can bring your puppy home.

However, you will need to get prepared for bringing your new best friend into your home, and hopefully this article can help you with that.

Let’s have a look at some of the things you will need.

 

Puppy Food

Whether your puppy has been in a home environment for the first few weeks of its life, or in a shelter, he or she will have been fed on one particular food.

It is usually better to keep them on this food for at least a few days after arriving home. Coming into a new home, although very exciting for both you and your puppy, is also a huge change for the puppy. So, it’s best to try and keep the transition as smooth as possible at first.

You should be told what food he or she has been eating, so that you can purchase a small amount of the same. It may be that you like the food they are on, in which case you don’t need to change it, but if you do want to change it, it’s best to leave them on the same food for a week, and then do a slow transition of food over 7-10 days. Start with a large amount of their original food, say 90% and 10% of the new food, and gradually decrease the original food and increase the new until they are completely changed over.

Doing it this way will get your puppy used to the taste, and hopefully avoid any gastrointestinal upsets from changing a food too quickly.

A complete puppy food is always best, as these have the correct amount and balance of nutrients, but be aware that if you have a large breed, such as a Great Dane you will need a large breed puppy food as their bones grow at different rates. Your vet is the best person to advise you.

 

You will also need bowls for the food and water. Heavier bowls are better, as it makes it more difficult for your puppy to knock over.

 

A Comfy Bed

There are many different options of dog beds out there, and it can be difficult to know what is the best bed for a puppy.

You may need to upgrade the beds as your puppy grows, as a puppy bed may quickly become too small.

Ideally, for a puppy you need a bed that is chew proof. Puppies love to chew, and the last thing you want is to come down in the morning to a shredded bed with filling scattered everywhere.

Puppies do have accidents, so a bed with a removable covering to make for easy washing will make your life so much easier.

Puppies will often miss their littermates for a few days, so having a bed with raised sides that they can curl up in will often make them feel comforted.

 

Somewhere To Sleep

Of course, your puppy will need somewhere to sleep. It is best to get them into good habits straight away, and many people choose to crate train their dog.

Crate training involves having a crate in their sleeping area, and the goal is to use this as a positive space that they feel secure in. They can then be secured in the crate at night so that they feel safe, and you know that they won’t be chewing anything valuable or dangerous such as electrical wires.

Crates should be big enough for your dog to stand up in and turn around with ease, and you may need to buy a bigger crate as your puppy grows.

As the puppy learns that the crate is their sleeping space, they don’t like to soil the area, so it can be useful to help with house training.

The crate can also be taken with you if you’re traveling, or staying somewhere else, then your dog will feel safe in it’s own surroundings, and you can put their favourite bed in it.

 

Things To Chew And Play With

Puppies love to chew. It’s their way of exploring the new world around them, however there are things that we don’t want them to get their teeth on, whether it’s because they are your favourite pair of slippers, or because it’s something that could do them harm.

There are many chew toys available, it’s best to aim for the ones specifically aimed at puppies, as their teeth are slightly more delicate than their adult counterparts.

Toys are also a must, puppies have seemingly endless energy, and play is a large part of their learning curve, have different types of toys available until you know what your puppy likes.

Always check toys for signs of wear and tear, and never leave them alone with any of these things.

 

A Collar And Lead

A collar and lead is a must for a dog, for when you can start taking them on walks.

Identification will depend on where you live, in some places all dogs must be microchipped – which is a permanent form of identification and highly recommended, and in others a dog must wear a collar with a tag on at all times.

So double check the laws in your state or country.

 

Book A Visit To The Vet

A vet visit is a must, usually a week after you’ve got your puppy and they’ve had time to settle in.

Your vet can check your puppy over, and also this will get the puppy used to going to the vet, and make positive associations.

The vet will then vaccinate and treat your puppy for fleas and worms, and can answer any questions you may have.

Getting a puppy is a very exciting time, and with a little bit of pre-planning, you should be well prepared. Have fun!