Where Should My Puppy Sleep At Night?

If you’ve just purchased a new puppy, congratulations! Puppies are some of the cutest, sweetest, and most loveable creatures on the planet and a joy to be around. Full of life and energy, a new puppy will fill your home with laughter and love.

Of course, even a puppy has to sleep occasionally so that its body can heal, grow, mature, and can replenish its energy supply. Just like humans, sleep is vitally important to a puppy’s health and should be a primary consideration in their care and handling.

That leads to a question that I hear all the time from new puppy owners, namely, “where should my puppy sleep at night?”

The answer to this vital question is that a puppy should sleep on a soft bed inside a crate. The crate should be big enough that your pup can move around freely but not so big that they don’t feel safe. Dog experts recommend crating right from the start so that your pup gets accustomed to it and even grows to love sleeping and relaxing in their crate.

Now that you know where your puppy should sleep at night, you might have more questions about their sleeping situation. Can they sleep with you, for example, what are the benefits of crating a puppy and how to get them to sleep at night without crying (and driving you crazy).

If you do, read on! I’ve got the answers to those essential questions and a few more that can help you and your pup to form a friendship that will last for many joyous years and help them grow into a robust and healthy adult dog.

How Long Should a Puppy Sleep in Your Room?

There are, to be sure, many different opinions on how long a puppy should sleep in the same room as its owners. One thing most dog experts agree on, though, is that, yes, a puppy should sleep in the same room with its owners for at least the first few weeks.

One of the main reasons puppies should sleep in the same room with their new puppy parents is potty training. Younger pups won’t be able to hold their bladder the entire night. If they’re in the same room, however, their owner will (possibly) hear their cries when they have to “go” and be able to let them out. 

Also, like any baby animal, a puppy will feel safer and more secure at night (and whine less often) when they’re close to their owners. Of course, they might still whine and fuss a bit, especially if you use a (highly recommended) crate. That, however, is the price you pay for dog ownership and the friendship, love, and loyalty a dog gives back.

However, after those first few weeks and months, dog experts recommend that your puppy moves to another part of the house for sleeping purposes. Typically, that’s between 3 and 4 months.

Can My Puppy Sleep with Me?

The short answer to this question is yes, your puppy can sleep with you if you like. (Hey, it’s your house, your bed, and your puppy, right?) However, the long answer is that it’s not a good idea to let your puppy sleep with you in your bed.

The first reason is pretty simple; Puppies wake up multiple times during the night and move around. When they do, they can wake you up and reduce the quality of your sleep. Also, if they’re not entirely housebroken, you could wake up to quite a mess in your bed that could possibly ruin your sheets and even your mattress.

Having a puppy in your bed sleeping with you can aggravate your allergies or asthma, even regular allergies that aren’t made worse by puppies and their dander. 

In short, yes, your puppy can certainly sleep with you if you like. However, there are more downsides than upsides to this (not recommended) habit. Here are a few more downsides in case you’re not convinced:

  • Your puppy can become a so-called “velcro dog,” which means they become hyper attached to you and freak out whenever you aren’t around.
  • Trying to get your dog to sleep outside of your bed once they’ve become accustomed to sleeping in your bed is extremely difficult.
  • If you plan to crate train your puppy, it becomes much more difficult after they’ve become accustomed to sleeping in your bed.
  • If a dog becomes too attached to you because you let it sleep in your bed, it can begin to become aggressive with other people.

What are the Benefits of Crate Training?

One of the biggest concerns that I hear from my readers is that they feel guilty about using a crate to train their new puppy. The truth, however, is that crate training is beneficial and recommended by veterinarians for its many benefits. Below are some of those benefits, including:

  • Being able to remove your puppy from your home or apartment quickly during an emergency.
  • Dogs like comfortable and close spaces. When a puppy sleeps in a crate, it feels more comfortable and safe. Even better, it will cry less at night.
  • If a dog has anxiety, it can escape to its crate, where it will feel secure.
  • Transporting your puppy back and forth to the veterinarian is much easier if they’re already used to staying in their crate.
  • Crates protect your puppy from themselves. For example, a curious puppy can get into all sorts of trouble at night when you’re sleeping and cause itself severe harm or injury.
  • Experts recommend crate training your puppy to help it with potty training. 

How to Get a Puppy to Sleep at Night without Crying?

If I’m being honest, the worst thing about a new puppy is that it cries. And cries, and cries and, well, you get the picture. Many of my readers asked me how to get their new puppy to sleep at night without crying, which, frankly, isn’t all that easy. Below, however, are a few tips that might help, including:

  • Dim the lights, put on some soft music, and help them snuggle in their bed or crate.
  • Make sure your puppy sleeps in the same place every night. Do this from the very beginning so that they don’t get accustomed to sleeping somewhere else.
  • Crate training, as I’ve mentioned already, is a great way to not only potty train your puppy but also help them sleep without crying.
  • Ignore their barking and whining. If you do, they will catch on and realize that you will react when they bark and wine.

When Can a Puppy Sleep All the Way Through the Night?

Typically, puppies will sleep through the night by the time they reach about four months old. Of course, every dog is different, and so is every puppy. Some might be able to sleep through the night much faster than others. It’s simply a matter of trial and error and using the tips I talked about above.

Final Thoughts

“Where should my puppy sleep at night?” This is a question that many new puppy owners ask. The answer is that if you want them to grow into mature, well-balanced, and attentive dogs, a crate is your best bet. They should have a soft cushion in their crate, and they can sleep in your room for the first few months. After that, they should sleep in the same crate but in another room.

I hope that the tips and advice that I’ve given you today have been beneficial and will allow you to get off to a good start with your new pup. If you have more, want to leave a comment, or wish to learn other puppy tips, please see my other puppy blogs. They have real-world information that can be pretty valuable for a new puppy owner like yourself.