There might be nothing cuter than your new puppy catching a few ZZZs after a full day of play and discovery. Just look at this little guy.

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It takes every bit of our strength to not pick up and cuddle him awake. But man oh man, does this pile of fluff do this often! So how much do puppies actually sleep? Around 15-20 hours a day! it’s almost hard to imagine because when they’re awake they are endless balls of energy that tumble around your home with seemingly no regard for their own safety or the safety of that decorative vase you got from your favorite auntie (it's okay, we know the pain). This much sleep is incredibly important to the health and happiness of a growing pup, so we have a few tips that will help you regulate their sleep and create good habits for the years to come.

Day Time Naps

Expect your new puppy to take a lot of small naps throughout the day, and when he does you’ll want to make sure that he does it in a designated quiet space. Using a crate or a doggy bed consistently encourages good sleep habits in the future and keeps him from having his cutie sleep disturbed. This is especially important if you have young children in the home, since they will be tempted to interact with their new best friend while he is trying to rest.

Nap times are going to happen no matter what, so keeping them consistent will be important for managing the little guy’s internal clock, not to mention your own schedule. Try creating designated play and walk times. Usually after this burst of activity your young pup will be ready for some shut eye, so that will help them stay on a more regular sleep schedule. Don’t get alarmed if their naps last 2+ hours. All of this sleep is normal and healthy for him.

Sleeping Through the Night

Puppies may sleep a lot, but there is a very small chance that your puppy will actually sleep through the night. Be ready, because most likely he’ll need to go potty while you’re trying to enjoy some well deserved rest. This behavior is normal, and is something that you can expect for the first 4 or so months. Making sure that you take him out to potty before bed will make these middle-of-the-night trips less frequent. It’ll be wise to place your pup’s designated sleeping space nearby. Not only will it make it easier for you to hear your new friend when he wakes up, but it will also help him feel closer to the family.

The Designated Sleeping Space

A new home and family can be an unsettling situation for a young dog. An inviting sleeping area will go a long way to making them comfortable. A good doggy bed or a crate in a quiet room is a great start, but keep in mind that it may take a little while for some dogs to get acclimated to the crate. A soft item that carries the scent of his mother or siblings will help him relax, as well as a few items that smell like his new family to help with the transition. As for the bedtime T.V. watchers among us, try to keep the volume down and the light low. Quiet and darkness should be cues for the young pupper to call it a night.

Keeping a consistent activity and eating schedule will help regulate how and when you puppy sleeps. Making this a routine will allow you and your pup keep a healthy sleeping schedule. Remember, sleep is vital to a growing dog, so although it may seem like a lot of work at first, it’s totally worth the well adjusted sleep habits you’re helping him build.