The first night you bring a puppy home, they should sleep in a crate next to your bed. When you introduce them to the crate at a young age, they will view the crate as a “safe space” instead of a form of punishment.
If you just brought a new puppy home, figuring out how to take care of them isn’t an easy task. Puppies are likely to be more wired and nervous the first few nights, making it tricky to find a good routine.
One of the most important parts of getting a new puppy is figuring out where they should sleep their first night home. It’s crucial your puppy feels comfortable and safe the first few nights.
Puppy Sleeping Arrangements
A new puppy will be unfamiliar with its new environment. This means you need to make them feel comfortable in this new place. Below we will go over the pros and cons of a few sleeping arrangements for your puppies’ first night home.
1) Doggy Bed
Introducing your puppy to a doggy bed the first night home will help establish a good routine. They’ll quickly learn that the bed is their own personal space of comfort. Putting a cushioned doggy bed on the floor, preferably close to a human, will make the puppy feel safe.
The cons of a doggy bed for a puppy, however, are numerous. Because your dog is so young, doggy beds allow a lot of freedom. This means your puppy is unlikely to stay in the doggy bed all night.
This can lead to inevitable accidents around the house if your dog wakes up in the night. Your new puppy can also get into all types of trouble when unsupervised at home. If the space you are putting your dog in is designated for your dog, this might work. However, it is unlikely to encourage proper sleep because it allows them to roam around freely.
2) In Bed With You
We know it can be hard to keep your hands off your puppy, especially early on. They are extremely sweet and cuddly! This is why some people want to sleep in the same bed as their puppy. The advantage of sleeping in the bed with your puppy is that you and your pup will develop a strong bond.
However, there are some drawbacks to your dog sleeping in your bed with you. First, your dog may have trouble falling asleep. But the bigger issue is that your puppy doesn’t have full control over its bladder yet. This means they are very likely to have accidents in your bed.
The other major drawback to letting your puppy sleep in bed with you is that they may develop a bad habit. If your puppy gets in the habit of sleeping in bed with you, it may be hard to kick them off your bed when they get older.
3) Separate Room
This is an option for people who have an extra room in their house. If a room can be designated as a “dog-room,” you may be able to leave the puppy in a separate room the first night.
They will definitely chew on things and are likely to have some accidents. However, if you set up a pee pad in the room and some toys, this is still a feasible option. However, you need to keep in mind that your puppy may not sleep as well the first few nights if they aren’t around a human.
4) Crate (Recommended)
This is the option we HIGHLY recommend for a new puppy. Having your puppy sleep in a crate the first few nights home will set your puppy up for success with future crate training. Additionally, it designates a space that is only for your puppy.
In a crate, you can set up a doggie blanket for them to sleep on. Not only will being contained help encourage your puppy to sleep, but they also will get into less trouble. They won’t be able to roam around and chew on cables or pee on anything fragile if they are in a crate. This will give you a few hours of peace.
Helping Your Puppy Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Now that you have chosen the best place for your puppy to sleep, it is important to establish a good nighttime routine.
I know it seems like puppies can sleep all day, but it’s not always easy for some puppies to get the rest they need in unfamiliar territory. They are likely to be nervous or excited in this brand new house with brand new people.
Here are some ways you can encourage a good night’s sleep for your new puppy.
Let Them Be Close to You
This is an excellent way for you to develop a strong bond with your puppy from day one. Your dog will feel safe with you and quickly recognize you as “part of the pack” if they sleep close to you. This is most feasible if you use a crate, kennel, or a doggy bed.
If your dog sleeps close to you, you are also more likely to wake up if they are in distress. For example, they may start barking when they need to go to the bathroom. This can help prevent accidents in the home, especially early on. Dogs usually don’t like doing their business where they sleep.
Comfortable bedding is more important for puppies than most dog owners realize. Dogs, especially when grown, are likely to sleep anywhere. However, if you provide your puppy with comfortable bedding, they are more likely to feel safe and relaxed.
If you received any dog blankets from the breeder, this is also a great time to use them. Having your dog comfortable and set up with something familiar is a great way to bring them peace and comfort.
Quiet and Dark
Your puppy is overflowing with curiosity. That’s why you should make sure the room they are sleeping in is quiet and has minimal distractions. If you use a crate, you can even put a blanket or a towel on top of it to block the light. The blanket may also help keep noise out.
Not only do puppies have small bladders, but they have very little control over their bladders. This means they are likely to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Make sure you take your dog to pee right before you intend to put them to bed. It’s also a good idea to take them out any time they wake up during the night.
It’s also good to get in the habit of taking them out the second you wake up in the morning. This is likely to be much earlier than you are used to getting up, but it is the best way for you to prevent your dog from having an accident where they sleep.
There are many sleeping options for your dog’s first night home. What suits your puppy and lifestyle may not work for someone else. One of the best options for a puppy, however, is to crate them. This ensures that they have a comfortable and quiet place that is just theirs.
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