*DISCLAMER: THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFORMATION*
When Lucy came home, first of all I had no idea we would be getting a puppy that day and second of all I had no idea what I was doing. I remember the first day my fiancé left me home alone with her for the entire workday (I was still on summer break from teaching) and I was terrified since I had never had a dog before. I also had no idea how to potty train a dog, so I had to do a ton of research. I knew we needed to get Lucy to sleep through the night as soon as possible. As a lazy girl, you all know I need my sleep.
After a few days of getting up every few hours every time we heard her wine, I knew there had to be a better way and quicker way to get her to sleep through the night. When we put the following steps in place, we had Lucy sleeping through the night in a matter of DAYS!
how to crate train your puppy to sleep through the night in a matter of days
The set up:
- Get a crate: make sure you purchase a crate that has a divider. Unless you plan on buying multiple crates during your dogs lifetime, this is the way to go. We eventually did have to get a second crate, but this was because Lucy ended up much bigger than we anticipated (we were told she would be between 15-30 pounds, she’s around 50 and SUPER tall)
- Divider: arrange your divider so your puppy can lay down in the crate but that’s about it. I know this seems harsh, but you want your puppy to not want to go potty in the crate, and they will not want to go and have to lay in it. It’s common sense.
- No potty pads: we did not use potty pads in the crate overnight due to the bullet point above. You do NOT want any reason for your puppy to think it’s okay to go potty in the crate.
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- Blanket: make sure you have a blanket in the crate instead so it’s something they can lay in comfortably and if they DO go potty, they will feel it.
- Blanket over crate: if you have a metal crate like we do, cover the crate in another blanket. This creates a “den” like space that makes them feel safe.
- Some favorite toys: you can read about some of Lucy’s favorite toys here, but every night Lucy has her favorite cuddle toys that she would (and still) sleeps with.
- Room of the house: we keep our crate in our living room because it’s close to the door outside and let’s us sleep without waking up to her licking herself or itching (which is super annoying).
- Take away water 2 hours before bedtime for your young pup. This will allow them to empty their before bedtime.
Night time routine:
*disclamer: I can’t take all the credit for this, we found this method online and it worked WONDERS for us!*
- Start by setting 2 alarms at night, dispersed through out the night. We went to bed around 9 so we got up in the beginning around midnight and 2:30-3.
- When an alarm goes off, take your puppy out. No playing, no treats. Just take them out to do their business and straight back in the crate.
- The goal of this is you’re making them uncomfortable. You’re inconveniencing them, not the other way around.
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- If you notice that your puppy is asleep when you go to take them out, you now know that you woke them up. If you woke your puppy up, you can move your alarm back by half an hour the next night.
- Continue this method of moving back the alarms by half an hour when you can tell you’ve woken your puppy up at the alarm time. Eventually, you will only need one alarm instead of 2, and eventually none!!!!
If you have any additional questions, comment them below!!! I would love to help you crate train your puppy so you can get back to sleeping through the night!!!!
It took us about a week to get Lucy to sleep through the night. My fiancé and I switched off who got up with her so it wasn’t one sided and that helped a lot as well with sleep. I know it’s hard but believe me, the end result is worth getting up a few times now!!!