Remember that a puppy needs to spent all night sleeping and much of the day if he is to grown into a contented, healthy adult dog. Puppies are not play things, and children or visitors should not disturb sleeping puppies.
For a puppy to get all the sleep his needs, there are certain things to be considered.
Do you think that sleeping on a worn blanket on a cold laundry floor is suitable for one of your family members?
If the answer is no, then it isn’t suitable for a puppy either. Nor should a dog bed be placed in a drafty corridor or placed in an area where he will feel cold or hot.
Small breed puppies should never sleep outside and the idea that is pup is simply left to sleep outside without any bedding whatsoever is irresponsible and cruel.
Some rescue shelters sleep their puppies in crates. Crates prevent puppies wandering off at night and provide a secure area. Puppies should not be confined to a crate for long periods; its purpose is offer a safe place to sleep and prevent night wandering. Once house-trained and out of the wandering puppy stage, your dog will not need to sleep in a crate.
Some puppies become very distressed by crates—don’t force a puppy to endure a crate if he is very fearful of it.
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What should his dog bed be like? Your puppy is used to the warmth of his mother and siblings, so his bed should be warm and comforting.
- Make sure his new dog bed is soft and comfortable and contains warm rugs and perhaps a soft toy.
- It’s important to keep his bed clean and insect free. Wash the rugs regularly and leave to dry in the sun. His bedding could also benefit from an airing and steps should be taken to treat any infestation of fleas in the bedding. Your dog needs to be treated for fleas at the same time to prevent further infestations.
- Replace old, uncomfortable bedding and buy new warm rugs as they wear out.
- In cooler weather, puppies should be put to bed wearing suitably warm jumpers; buy either fleecy tops or hand-knitted ones.
Many people sleep with dogs on the end of their bed. But if you ever need to leave your puppy or dog with a sitter, sleeping alone in an unfamiliar dog bed may come as a shock. It’s unlikely the carer will allow your dog into her bed, and your dog may not settle very well at night. Every dog needs a place to call his own.
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