How your Dog Will Get a Good Night’s Sleep

There is no denying that dogs are loyal creatures. However, their need for attention sometimes can stem into the night, which can be not particularly helpful to your sleeping pattern. We have all been told a good night’t sleep can be difficult enough without the constant sound of your dog crying into the early hours. So, for a quiet night, here are a couple tips and tricks you can try to help your dog sleep.

1.Set up a routine: Keeping things consistent day-to-day helps your dog recognize when it’s time for bed. Take them on a walk around the same time every day, preferably before and after you go to work. This also applies to mealtime as feeding your dog a few hours before bed will help him or her digest the food comfortably. You may want to use an automated feeder on a timer to ensure food is presented on a consistent basis.
2.Give your pup plent of exercise: Like tiring out children with lots of energy, exercising your dog throughout the day can lead to a night of uninterrupted sleep for both of you. Depending on the beed and size, your dog should spend a minimum of half an hour to 2 hours a day exercising and playing with dog toys. In general, the bigger the dog, the more exercise they will need. A long walk a couple of hours before bedtime is a perfect way to ensure a good night’s sleep for the both of you.
3.Do not share your bed: Similar to being consistent with mealtime, it’s helpful for your dog to go to the same bed every night so that your pup can recognize when it’s time to sleep. As tempting as it may be to take your dog to bed with you, sharing your bed with your pet can have a negative impact on your sleep quality. There are studies that show that 63% of pet owners who share their bed with their four-legged friend experience poor sleep. Beyond the obvious sleep disruptions through movement and possible barking, sharing your bed with your dog may increase the risk of skin infections. Your own tossing and turning may also interrupt your dog from getting a good night’s sleep.

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4.Check out medical conditions: If your dog is still struggling to snooze, it might be worth considering any underlying medical conditions. This might be the case if you have an older dog that hasn’t usually had problems with sleeping. Take your dog to the vet and discuss any changes in their behavior, appetite, movement, and sleeping patterns. Some medications may be in need in order to help your dog sleep.
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