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When you first bring home a dog, it can be difficult to get them to go to sleep right away.  After all, they are in a new environment, and odds are… you are a bit excited about the new addition. There are certain ground rules that need to be put into place and adhered to. If anything matters, it’s that you stick to a routine. Dogs learn at a rapid speed! You will be surprised to see just how quickly they realize it means it’s time to go for a walk when you grab your keys, or that it’s cuddle time when you pick up the TV remote. There’s no difference with bedtime. Triggers are everything.

Here are six tips to help you put your pup to bed!

A Static Location: Do not continuously move your dog around.  Wherever you want your dog to sleep, mark the spot! Do not confuse your pup by having them sleep with you one night and then push them into the living room on the very next day. Dogs don’t understand rejection like that. Either they sleep with you or they don’t! Whatever you choose, be firm about your decision. Do not waver. After a few days, your pup will get the picture.


Dimmed Lights and Less Noise: Quiet down when you are winding down. It’s common practice for people to do this anyway, right? Well, your dog will thank you for it! Once things start slowing down, they will get the hint that the end of the night is near. It works on babies, too! Trust me, as a mom of three, I would know.

A Final Long Walk: Some dogs like to take their longest walk at the end of the day. It gets the last of their jitters out. Honestly, you will probably need to go out for a spin yourself after dinner. This time alone with your puppy will help you bond as well. There’s nothing a little fresh air can’t cure.

Late Night Massage: You will learn that your dog will have a favorite place on his/her body to be pet. Jack loves to get rubbed right behind his ears. That’s the money spot! After our walk, he usually runs to his bed and waits for me to give him a goodnight kiss and massage. I usually tell him what a good boy he was for the day and then I spend a few moments rubbing the back of his ears. If only someone would do that for me!!!

A Comfy Blanket: I cannot tell you how many blankets I have set aside for my dog. When I put a new one in his bed, Jack just curls right up and goes to bed. He loves to cocoon himself inside his bed. Just like me!

And to help you sleep better at night, be sure to help protect your dogs from fleas and ticks. NexGard® (afoxolaner) is an FDA-approved beef-flavored chewable, proven safe and effective for use in dogs and puppies eight weeks of age or older, weighing four pounds or more.


NexGard is for use in dogs only. The most frequently reported adverse reactions include vomiting, itching, diarrhea, lethargy and lack of appetite. The safe use of NexGard in pregnant, breeding or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures. For more information, contact your veterinarian or see the prescribing information.

Lastly, I want to remind you about the online pet gift registry the NexGard team has launched. To get started, visit to learn important information about new dog ownership, create and share a personalized pet gift registry, and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $500 in prizes.

The maker of NexGard worked with bloggers like me for its It’s A Dog! program. This blog has been written by me on behalf of the NexGard team. I received compensation for my time.

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