Monday, June 22, 2009

Labrador Retriever puppy won't sleep at night

Subject: My Labrador Retriever puppy won't sleep at night

From: Janice (USA)

Labrador Retriever name: Odyssey

Reader's E-mail - Janice Writes:

Hello Faye, I love you blog, it provides helpful information. I have a question I hope you can help with... My thirteen week old Labrador Retriever loves to play all through the night (keeping myself and hubby up) and sleep all day. At first we thought it was cute and that it would stop but no such luck.

I try playing with him all through the day to keep him up but it's not working. Do you have any ideas? My puppies name is Odyssey and any help you could give would be thankful.

Janice

All About Labradors Answer:

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice or other professional advice. Disclaimer

Hello Janice and thank you for writing.

My advice to you is crate training. The use of a dog crate will provide your puppy a place where he can feel safe and secure. He will come to think of it as his safe place and will be happy to spend time there when needed.

The crate is also an an effective housebreaking tool, helps to prevent destructive behavior, and also helps reduce separation anxiety.

I am providing a link to a previous post we had on the All About Labradors blog to help you start your crate training: Crate Training for my Labrador Retriever. Start off by introducing him to the crate and continue your training from there.

I would recommend placing the dog crate in your bedroom. As it nears time for bed, make sure Odyssey has had PLENTY of playtime (a tired dog is a good dog) and has gone out to do his business. After he is finished, bring him up to the crate. You can add some safe toys to the crate to help keep him busy if he has any trouble sleeping.

He will awaken at night as a thirteen week old Labrador Retriever puppy's bladder is small and he will have to relieve himself. As Odyssey becomes more familiar with the house sleeping pattern, he will adjust his accordingly.

As for the daytime sleeping, Labrador Retriever puppies require large amounts of sleep, with this being a normal behaviour for puppies. Get him plenty of play toys, keeping him mentally as well as physically exercised (Kong toys are one of my favorites, just make sure you get the right size for your Labrador Retriever puppy and discard when pieces begin to break off).

Follow the above training tips closely and if you have any other questions or somethings not working, please let me know.

Now go get some zzzzzzzzz's!

Take care of yourself and Odyssey,
Fay

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