While there are some dogs that sleep peacefully throughout the night, others can be more of an annoyance. If your dog stays up all night barking or pesters you to go outside, it can be very frustrating. Here are some of the most common reasons why dogs won’t sleep at night.
Adjusting to a New Home
If you have recently adopted a puppy or even a larger dog, this could be the reason why your dog is not sleeping at night. Puppies who are separated from their mothers or siblings generally cry the first one to two nights in a new home. Older dogs may spend a lot of time barking as they adjust to noises they aren’t used to or other pets.
Lack of Exercise
Just like some humans, dogs often have problems sleeping if they do not get enough exercise. The best thing that any dog owner can do to solve this problem is take their dog for a walk one to two hours before bed. If that’s not an option, consider playing fetch. Your dog isn’t going to be able to sleep until he or she is tired out.
Too Much Sleep During the Day
Dogs who are home during the day while their owners are at work tend to sleep most of the time. If your dog is sleeping all day long, he is going to have a hard time becoming tired at night. In this scenario, it is even more important to exercise your dog prior to bedtime to ensure that she will sleep through the night.
Irregular Sleeping Routine
Dog owners who do not have a regular sleep routine themselves may find that their pooches do not sleep soundly through the night. If you are going to bed at 8 o’clock one night and at 3 o’clock another night, your dog is bound to become confused. Establishing a semi-regular sleeping routine may help.
It is important to consider when you are feeding your dog, as this can cause sleeping problems. Feeding your dog too early in the day can cause him to be hungry at night. On the other hand, feeding too close to bed may also cause him to need to go out in the middle of the night. It is ideal to experiment with different feeding times to see what works best and then stick to a regular schedule.
If you live on a busy road and leave your windows open at night, your dog may bark at cars or people that he hears. Keep in mind that leaving the tv on can cause a similar reaction. While your dog may adjust throughout the night, it can lead to some annoying barking that may keep you up.
There are many reasons your dog may not be sleeping at night. Whether your dog hears background noise or simply needs to be walked prior to bedtime, the problem can often be solved. If your dog seems to need to go outside a lot to urinate, keep in mind that a canine urinary tract infection (UTI) may be to blame.