Training a Puppy to Sleep through the Night

Training a puppy can seem overwhelming and exhausting. Puppies are playful, energetic and are born with many instinctual traits that may not fit well with your family and lifestyle. It's normal for puppies to bite, chew, bark, jump and play, and proper behavior will need to be taught using simple commands and positive reinforcement as soon as possible. Because younger puppies are likely to be acclimating to the many recent changes in their lives, they may find it difficult to sleep through the night. Training a puppy to sleep all night can be a simple process, as long as consistency and patience are involved.

Eliminate Stress When Possible

One of the most important things to do when training a puppy to sleep all night is to create an environment as close to stress-free as possible. Recent changes to living quarters and food, new people or other pets to get used to, and a different sleep schedule can all create both physical and mental stress for your puppy. Try to help alleviate some of this stress by creating a warm and comfortable environment for the dog and setting a schedule for your routine. Sticking to a general time frame for feeding, potty breaks and play time daily can quickly provide the consistency your dog will need to learn his place in your home.

Potty Breaks

When training a puppy, it's important to watch carefully and learn to read the signs a dog will display when it's time to potty. During the first several nights, setting a schedule to accompany your dog to its appointed place for relief will benefit both you and your dog. When you take him on his break during the night, you should display an attitude of no nonsense. Quickly get the leash or other necessary materials and get down to business. Once the puppy has successfully done the deed, give praise and return the dog straight back to his bed or crate. Don't make time for playing or treats because this will only encourage the puppy to become active and resistant to sleeping. Also keep in mind that it's extremely important to avoid food and drink just before bed. This applies to dogs of any age and limits the need for potty breaks during designated sleep time.


Crating has been shown to be extremely successful when training a puppy. If handled properly, puppies will learn to seek comfort in a crate and will enjoy retreating to their special place at bedtime, when you must leave the home, or when they simply need a bit of solitude. While you must be available every few hours during the first several nights of housebreaking to prevent bathroom accidents, allowing your puppy to be crated during the night for extended periods of time will help the dog understand your sleeping schedule and after a while, the routine will become second nature. Allocating a time for vigorous play or exercise just before crating can help lead to a more effective sleep routine as well.