How to Get Your Dog to Sleep Better

Three experts weigh in on how to get your dog to sleep.

“You may not need a white noise machine, but your dog might. A lot of dogs are very sensitive to noises outside, like other dogs barking or neighbors coming home late. A white noise machine or fan will drown out the noises that are keeping your pet up, which will keep your pet from waking you.”

— Tracey Schowalter, pet-training consultant at Puppy Adept in Gainesville, Georgia

“Dogs sleep when they’re bored. If you keep them awake during the day, they’re more likely to sleep at night.”

— Kathy Diamond Davis, author and dog handler in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“English bulldogs, pugs, and other dogs with short faces often have sleep apnea, which can cause them to snore extremely loudly. A veterinarian can do surgery to reduce the amount of tissue in their throats — it can help them breathe better too. Or just have your dog sleep in another room.”

— Joan Hendricks, PhD, a neuroscientist and dean of veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

If your dog is restless, try soothing them with a puppy puzzle toy.

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