If you are planning to go to bed at midnight, don't prepare your last meal later than 7 p.m. Most dogs and small puppies digest their food in about four hours. New puppy owners often ask me where a puppy should sleep the first night. Many people don't like the idea of using a puppy cage, and there's no doubt that they can be misused by people who use them as a way to lock up their dog for hours on end, but if used correctly, a cage is an invaluable training aid that can help keep your puppy safe, simplify your potty training and make sure that both of you get some sleep in those first few days of your life together.
An indoor puppy cage can be invaluable here, as it means your pup can be next to you, but still be safely contained so that both of you have a chance to get some sleep, and your pup begins to learn that nighttime hours are for calming down and sleeping. Some puppies do better with a full view of their surroundings, but I have found that most prefer a cage more like a den. Although small puppies can't sleep as much as humans, after 16 weeks, you can train your pup to go to bed and get up with you. Once the puppy is happy and relaxed about sleeping in and out of the cage, he can be put there for the night, and for most puppies this doesn't take much time and should be ready the first night.
He certainly loved cuddling up with him, and even after he went on to sleep out of the box once he was old enough, he still carried the Snuggle Puppy puppy around to use as a pillow, as can be seen in the inserted photo. After about 4 weeks of constantly sticking to my guns, not letting it out of its box, and praising it when it was calm, Stetson suddenly stopped making noise in his box. There is no doubt that, in the light of new studies and research, opinions on this have changed in recent years, so here is a guide to puppy sleeping arrangements. Puppies are growing rapidly and each day is a journey of discovery, learning more about the world, their new family and what this exciting new life holds in store.
Keeping track of your puppy's potty can really help you determine your puppy's natural potty schedule, which can help you adjust feeding times to increase sleep time at night. Some puppies will sleep better with a little light, others with a little soft music, and others need darkness and tranquility. It also simplifies potty training, since the puppy will not want to litter the sleeping area (his mother has already taught him) and therefore cannot sneak into a corner of the room. Fortunately, many breeders have already trained their puppies in cages (since it's much easier for them not to have puppies running around their house) and this will make things much easier for you and will allow you to start how you want to continue, so it may be something you want to ask the breeder, right? right from the start.