So you made the big choice and brought your family a dachshund puppy. You just got your puppy home and he is lively and active, full of energy and cuddling freely. After a busy day, you believe your puppy has no way to get home and you won’t sleep all night. At 02:00 am, you hear a little whining from your dog, and you’re going to give him something to get him back to sleep. At 2:15, he woke his entire family up and you couldn’t get him to sleep again. What to do? What to do?
Although no single approach works flawlessly for every dog, things can be done to help your puppy sleep through the night. The first thing you must consider is where your puppy is going to sleep. One option is to sleep your dog in bed with you. Some people believe it’s insane, some believe it’s the finest. If you choose, be warned that you can never force your roof dog to sleep somewhere else without punishment. Once in bed, in bed always. If you’re a mover when you sleep, I won’t suggest this decision. You can catch your dog beneath you and be afraid or unable to breathe. Puppies are tiny and can wake up, walk away from bed, harm or hurt themselves.
A fantastic choice for sleeping your dog’s dachshund in a cake. Some people believe it’s like putting them in a dog’s prison, but it may soothe your dog. Don’t forget that dachshunds are hunters and were raised on earth. They love to sleep in dens and may frequently be found or buried in your laundry basket under a blanket. Never use your dog’s cake for punishment or for “time off.” If correctly used, your dachshund will realize that his box is his secure spot where he can relax and get away from home activities.
No matter where you choose to sleep your roof dog, there are things you can do to make him sleep longer during the night. A puppy under the age of 3 may not “keep it” for more than 6 hours over night. It drops down to approximately an hour throughout the day while he is active. So prepare to take your dog out at night and take it back to bed in the morning. Don’t make it a pleasant, playful moment when you take it for the last time at night. Don’t give him a toy or a snack, simply tell him to go pee, talk to him softly and gently, and allow him to do his job. Once everything is done, you may take him up and pet him and say it’s time to sleep gently. Put him in his cake, turn the lights dark and try to make the least noise.
If in the middle of the night, your dachshund puppy wakes up, don’t make it fun again. Open your door, pet him a little, close your door, and tell him to sleep peacefully. You may cover the box with a light, dark sheet or blanket to dim it, too. If he still wants to cry, you may shift the box slightly or tap into the crate just enough to stop his crying, but not enough to make him more afraid. He’ll finally get the notion that you won’t get him out and he’ll go back to sleep.
You may do a few things extra to ensure that your dachshund puppy is calm and ready for bed at night. Make sure he isn’t going to bed starving. I advocate feeding him at or after supper. I recommend feeding him at about the same time. He has something in his dumbness, but there is time for his final outdoor processing before his rest. Make sure he’s having loads of fun throughout the day, particularly in the afternoon. If the weather permits, let him play outdoors with the children. Sunshine and activity always help him wear him out. Don’t get him fired up and play for at least one hour before bed with him. It took him longer to settle down.
You can try another thing, SnugglePuppy. It’s a plush toy with a heartbeat and a warm package. This is especially excellent for pups who are just coming home and are, for the first time in their lives, away from their litter. We have heard excellent things about these plush animals, but prepare ahead so you can already get them when you bring your dog home with you.
Eventually, your puppy sleeps through the night, allowing you and your family to return to your usual routines of sleep. It may take a few nights for your puppy to become accustomed to his new life and schedule, but it will happen. Hopefully, you will find these ideas useful and life will be all you dreamed of with your new dachshund puppy.