How to get your dog to sleep through the night: TOP TIPS!

Yet another night with no sleep has gone by, and just when you get into a kind of deep sleep you hear the alarm going off indicating that the next morning is already here.

Yup! I know that feeling as that was me for the first 2 months of owning my new puppy.

That’s not to say that there isn’t a solution though, as I managed to come across a few resources that would change things forever. 

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Today I plan on sharing just that with you so that you can leave with some actionable tips that will teach you how to get your dog to sleep through the night. If you stay till the end, I also have a great dog training program that will not only solve your problem but also helps with general home training too. Let’s dig in…

What causes your dog to stay up? 

It’s always a few common reasons when you get down to the root cause of why a dog stay up at night. A few of the most common reason include: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Loneliness 
  • Lack of stimulation 
  • Hungry 
  • Potty breaks 
  • Untrained behavior 
  • Health conditions 

Whether its one of the above or all of them, it’s important for you to know exactly what it is so you can swoop in and fix it. In most cases, you’ll find that your dog is experiencing a lack of stimulation although this is not always the root of every problem.

If you do however find yourself with this problem, then you may want to take a look at how often your dog has been taken out for a walk. As well as how many times per day your dog gets taken on a walk. 

Other problems may be the cause of something more serious that could be health-related or time-related in some way. Potty breaks cause your dog to get up if you have no routine in place and your dog just does what they want when they want.

The aim is to investigate and identify the problem clearly so you can later than search for a solution. Let’s get into a few ways that you can spot the problem….

Whats causing the problem?

The easiest way to figure out whether your dog is experiencing any of the above-mentioned problems is to look out for symptoms. Whilst these problems are not all medical-related, they still have very clear signals that indicate why your dogs staying up at night. 

Below I have listed out the problems and symptoms for each of the associated causes of your dog staying up at night. 

Problem Symptoms

Youll find that your dog is biting and licking themselves in a very unpleasant way (usually will occur throughout the majority of the day too)
Loneliness You will find that your dog will whine a lot and pace around your home
Lack of exercise Your dog will indicate a huge burst of energy suddenly at night when its time to go to bed, weight gain, 
Hungry Your dog will usually make his way to the bins and topple it over to get food out when you are asleep 
Need of potty One too many accidents in your home at night is a sign of bad timing for potty breaks 
Behavorial issues Your dog barking at night, growling at night, or trashing your home is a sign of behavioral issues 
Health-related conditions Scratching, chewing/licking skin, bad breath, swollen abdomen, hair loss, Dandruff & discharge are all sign of medical-related issues that require immediate attention

By reading the chart above you should have gathered a clear understanding of what symptoms you need to look out for when your dog won’t sleep at night. The good news is that on the list is near enough easily fixed and with the right guidance, it should be a lot easier and faster than you’d imagine. 

In the next section, we are going to go through a few ways that you can solve this problem right now. I will share a few practical tips that you can apply today in order to get some kind of order back into your home and your life. 

How can you get your dog to sleep? 

You have seen that there are many different issues that can cause your dog to stay up through the night. But with the right approach, you can easily nip it in the bud and get back to normality. I will go through each of the above problems and then provide a solution to each underneath. What are you waiting for? Let dig in….

Anxiety in dogs

Anxiety presents itself in dogs by causing them to bite and lick themselves excessively. Anxious behavior is usually a result of a history of abandonment, multiple owners, rehoming, or prior neglect. With the right approach and steps in a positive direction, anxiety is something you can gradually help your dog to recover from. 

Loneliness in dogs 

If you find that your dog is pacing around the house expecting to find someone, then you may be experiencing a severe problem with loneliness. Your dog may run from room to room in the hope of finding something that isn’t there day in and day out. Body language is also a good indicator, as you may find that your dog just seems down and sad for the most part. 

The downside to this problem is that if not treated, it can develop into further problems that could be detrimental to your dog’s health and well being. A few f the most common problem,s that loneliness can develop into are: 

  • Impaired Development 
  • Self-injury 
  • Weight Issues (excessive weight loss or weight gain)
  • Potty issues 

That’s just the common issues. As you may find that when you dig in further, there are plenty more problems that can pop up around this kind of problem. My best advice is to start taking your dog out to parks more often, so they can mix with other animals and dogs. You may find that taking part in more activities with your dog may help irradicate this problem too.

A great way to make a start with that is the brain training for dogs online dog training program, it’s packed with fun games and activities that you can take part in at home. 


Lack of exercise in dogs 

This is one of the easiest problems to identify n your dog because the symptoms are very apparent when they occur. A few signs that your dog needs more exercise include: 

  • Weight gain 
  • Ditructuctuve behavior: (breaking, chewing and smashing things) 
  • Becoming withdrawn: (not wanting to mix with anyone or anything) 
  • Hyperactivity 
  • Stiffness or Lack of Endurance: (immobility, reluctance to go up and down stairs or difficulty sleeping are all signs of this) 
  • Barking and Whining: (spinning in circles, grabbing his leash, or running toward the door)

The key to this is to start off slow and steady. If your dog needs more exercise, then it’s your job to ensure they get it. I recommend that you start off going for a walk for around 30 to 45 minutes for the first a few weeks to get your dog back into the swing of things. If you take them out and go straight from 0 to 100 then you run the risk of injuring (both you and your dog).

The best way is just to ease into it over time and eventually, you’ll find yourself running the next marathon or something (or maybe not). 

Hungry at night 

There are many factors that come into play when you’re on the topic of your dog’s hunger. Why? Because you have an environment that can affect the way your dog eats, there are foods and schedules and even activity.

All play an equal role in how much your dog will eat when it comes to dinner time. A hungry dog will not sleep well and you may find that you wake up to your dog going through the trash! Its happened it’s me and it’s all down to how much you’re feeding your dog and how much exercise you’re providing them too. 

In some cases, you’ll find that your dog is just a little gutty and if that’s the case, then you’ll have to find ways around it without causing your dog to put on excessive amounts of weight. Healthy snacks and treats are a great way to start and you can get yourself a subscription box-like Barkbox where they’ll send the foods straight to your home on a   by month basis. Talk about great service! 

For the most part, you’ll need to consult with a professional vet as to what the best feeding amount and schedule is for your specific dog. I could give you some averages based on breed, but depending on what foods you are using and how much you exercise your dog will determine what steps you need to take next. 

Potty breaks at night 

This will be a simple fix as all you need to do is find a place for your dog to go at night inside of your home or provide your dog access sot get out of your home into the yard at night (if you have one). The symptoms are so apparent that they show up on your doorstep first thing in the morning as you step out of bed only to find that you walking through dog pee for the 3rd time this week. 

If your dog is not potty trained already then you’ll want to get yourself some training to get them into shape and fit for your home. I recommend the brain training for dogs course as a great place to start and for under 50 bucks you’ll get access to a professional vet for a lifetime too. No brainer! 

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Behavioral issues 

A disruptive dog is a big problem, but experiencing this at night will drive you crazy. If you find that your dog is misbehaving at all times through the night, then it may be time to check out some training.

A great place to start would be the brain training for dogs online course. I’ve personally tried it and found the methods to work like a charm.  

Dog obedience school is another option, but of course, that comes with a price. you’ll have to gauge how bad the behavior is, and then make a decision from there to see what the best options are.

Health-related conditions 

Last but not least is health-related conditions that can show up in many ways shapes and forms. Depending on the condition will depend on your treatment but some of the most common sign that you’ll see include: 

  • Bad breath or drooling
  • Excessive drinking or urination
  • Appetite change associated with weight loss or gain
  • Change in activity level (e.g., lack of interest in doing things they once did)
  • Stiffness or difficulty in rising or climbing stairs
  • Sleeping more than normal, or other behavior or attitude changes 
  • Coughing, sneezing, excessive panting, or labored breathing
  • Dry or itchy skin, sores, lumps, or shaking of the head
  • Frequent digestive upsets or change in bowel movements
  • Dry, red, or cloudy eyes

The list goes on… For the most part, if you find that your dog is experiencing any of the above, then you need to get on the phone to a professional veterinarian and seek out some available options that you take. 

Youll find that if your dog is experiencing bad health then this will also cause them to stay up at night due to pain or discomfort being the highlight of their night. With that being said, how much is your dog actually expected to sleep anyway, and are you gauging the right amount of sleep for your dog each night too?   find out…


How many hours a day do dogs sleep?

Most animals in the world follow a sleep cycle and the same goes for dogs too. What this means is that they sleep multiple times around the clock, as you’ll have noticed after the many daytime naps.

The average amount of time you can expect an adult dog to sleep is around 12 to 14 hours per day, so if you find that they’re kiping a lot during the day then you may face them being awake for the best part of the night. While you can’t control your dog’s napping while you’re away at work, there are some measures you can take to make them more likely to doze during bedtime.

What can you give your dog to sleep? 

I’m sure you’ve heard of Benadryl for dogs that are supposed to help them with sleeping as a medicated aid. I personally recommend you stay away from those kinds of medicated drugs as they have heavy side effects and without the right guidance you can do more damage than good. 

Benadryl is an over the counter drug that is used to calm allergic reactions, sickness and preventing illness to your dog. When it’s advised by a professional vet with the correct dosage then yes this will be safe to take. But the mistake I’ve seen a countless amount of times, are other parents like me and you just buying this stuff and then feeding it to their dog. In that instance, this drug can become very dangerous and cause more damage than good. 

What I propose is that instead, you use calming herbs for dogs ts a natural way of helping your dog to relax and what’s better is that its made with all-natural ingredients. None of that drugs stuff! You can get it on Amazon for under $30 and it lasts a little while so it will be a while before you need to restock.

I have been using this for a while and I’ve noticed a huge difference in how calm my dog is, and if you know golden retrievers then you’ll know that they can be very hyperactive from time to time (or all the time!)…


Sleep cycles and routines 

Every dog will sleep for a different amount of time depending on the environment lifestyle diet and so forth. I recommend that you set a routine for your dog regardless so that they can make the connection with bedtime and time to get up. Just like you would for a baby too! 

Every person is going to have different cycles because every person has a different circumstance, so with that being said, I recommend that you just find what works for you and then stick to it. There nothing worse than getting a few days in only to get back into the old swing of things, because your the only one that will be left tired and wanting to find a way out. 

How to calm a restless dog at night

fighting fire with fire is never a good way to help your dog to sleep at night. If you wake up to them barking, then try to narrow down to the reason why this is happening and using positive re-enforcement to encourage them to go back to sleep.

If you’re not quite sure about the types of positive reinforcement, there is a great training course that will teach you everything there is to know about it. And a little more too!. You can see some more details on the training course here.

How to crate train your dog 

You may need to train your dog to sleep in a crate as this can prove to have many benefits such as giving your dog some order and routine. A place to make recognition wish to sleep and a comfortable place to rest when they’re tired.

For whatever reason this may be of help to you, you’re going to need to train your dog how to use it. I thought that I would save you the hassle of going out and searching, so I’ve included a short video for you to watch on this below: 

Video on how to crate train a puppy


It goes without being said that when your dog is keeping you up at night, you got to kick into gear and take action to fix it. In most cases, you’ll find that the fix is simple and just requires some kind of adjustment or routine. But for others, it can be the complete opposite and if you find yourself in need of that kind of help then I recommend you go and consult with a professional vet to explore what avenues you can go down.

Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Dig Doggy. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! Rachael also loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Dig Doggy. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! Rachael also loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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