The First Night
The First Night

Puppies have a natural instinct inside that are
alone. Its because dogs are social creatures,
much like humans. When they’re alone, they
may feel nervous or frightened. Before dogs
were made into mans best friend, they ran the
land in wild packs. They hunted ate and slept
together. When you leave your puppy alone at
night, especially during his first few weeks at
his new home, he is getting used to the
environment. He’ll most likely whine or cry. It
could last the whole nightlong. The best thing
you can do is to soothe him, but not cuddle
him to sleep. Remember, you’re trying to
establish your role as leader and caretaker.
There is a different time to cuddle.
There is, however, a lot you can do to help put
your new dog to sleep, to make him feel
comfortable in his new environment. Don’t
throw in the towel too early! Instead, try
throwing him one of your laundered t-shirts to
sleep beside. In his puppy room or crate, he’ll
surely feel like you’re near when he smells your
shirt close. It will be as if there is someone
beside him, as if his mother were with him in
the wild outdoors. If this fails, try moving his
puppy crate to your bedroom for the night. If
he continues to whine, try tapping the cage
once forcefully. Then, in a low firm voice say,
No. Sleep, or No. Quiet. This may sound
harsh, but if you snuggle or cuddle him to
sleep, you will actually be re-enforcing his
whining  behavior. He’ll associate his whine
with your loving attention. Try throwing in a
chew toy for him to suckle on. One thing will
always surely help: be sure your puppy
eliminates and is played with vigorously before
bedtime so hes not riled up. Much of this can
be applied to older dogs too. You may not
have to take him out as often, but be sure to
allow him to go to the bathroom and receive
some attention before bedtime. In any case,
you will have to teach your puppy or pooch
that he will be soothed and loved, but that
there are bedtime rules. It will seem like a lot
of work, and you may lose some sleep. But,
take your time. And, before you know it, your
puppy or dog will sleep soundly, which will
allow you and your family to sleep the whole
night through. The first night is always best to
get some earplugs, it helps as much as
anything.