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What time do your dogs go to bed? Has it changed since they were a puppy?(24 Posts)
That’s it’s really. Just interested to know.
About 9-9.30. She's still technically a puppy-9 months.
She gets up at 6.30 during the week when I'm up, at weekends she stays in her crate till about 7.30.
BiteyDog has always flopped straight after dinner and this has been the same since he was a puppy (now 3).
My Welsh Springer puts himself to bed around 9ish, but he’s 10 now and needs the sleep. He used to go when I went anytime between 10-11:30pm.
My working cocker (7) goes to her bed when she hears me get into mine. I know she’s tired because she starts huffing at me, eyeing the stairs waiting for me to go up. Funny little thing
Aw how cute!
My ddog (4) goes up with us when we go about 10.30 but sleeps in any room I'm in.
He is funny though as will come downstairs in the morning for a wee in the garden then goes back to bed ! It's certainly a dogs life!
For the dogs that go to bed when you do, what do they do in the evenings when you’re watching the tv or having a bath for example? We’re only 3 days in with our pup and I’m just wondering if we’ll ever get our evenings back. I’m not complaining as I knew it would be hard, I’m just missing my sofa!
Usually when we do, unless we're having a particularly late night. They usually laze in their baskets in the living room all night, then ask to go in the garden about 10pm and get their winter fleece rugs they sleep in put on afterwards. After that they come back in the living room and snooze until we go to bed, then transfer to the kitchen baskets where they spend the night.
After her evening meal she sleeps and is settled down unless the fridge opens and there is a rustle of food.
At our bed time TV is off and she is up and knows the routine to go outside, have a wee , given a doggy biscuit and up to bed. She has a bed upstairs too.
Mine's 6 months old now... and generally has a proper walk (for her age) late afternoon, has tea about 5 and then mooches for an hour before flopping in the lounge. She dozes til about 9-10 then we go out for a round the block wee walk, and then she dozes. Because two of my kids are nurses she is disturbed late when they are on late shifts, and often doesn't properly go to bed til midnight. Up at 6.30 when I get up and a walk, then snoozes all morning!
When she was tiny I could only go for a bath if someone else was downstairs with her!
So 8 month old pup gets put to bed in her crate at 10pm up at630am.
Gets longer walk at 7am fed when she gets back, potters around the house as kids get ready for school etc, in crate for school run. Then plays , follows me around till mid morning where she takes herself off for a nap.
After lunch normally a play in the garden good sniff around, watches the world go by. Late afternoon sleep.
Evening walk at 5ish, has her dinner then has a bit of a play 20 minutes or so then lounges where ever we are so living room or landing upstairs if I'm in the bedroom. She is happy to chill wherever we are really but also happy to be popped in her crate if she needs a sleep/ rest
For the fist 4 weeks or so we kept her in the kitchen so we could get her out for a pee quickly when she showed interest. Someone was with her all the time apart from over night. Once we knew her signs for asking out she quickly Integrated into just generally being with the family around the house. If she wasn't being supervised in those first 4 weeks then she was popped in her crate. So for instance to put DS3 to bed I would pop her in the crate for 20 minutes. To sort washing upstairs I popped get in the crate. To go to the toilet I popped her in the crate. Or left hubby or ds1 supervising her.
DDog is 7.5. He goes outside one last time at or just before 10pm every night, has a biscuit ("bed bone" ) and that's him for the night. This is regardless of what we're doing - DH has traditionally always gone up to bed at 10 so the dog sticks to that.
I think I now understand your question.
You aren't actually asking when they tend to fall sleep but whether they settle in the evenings and has always done so.
* We’re only 3 days in with our pup and I’m just wondering if we’ll ever get our evenings back.*
We had the evening zoomies for some time and we stayed in the kitchen/dinner for many weeks as it was puppy proofed and meant we didn't have to actively supervise all the time.
They really do settle down but for the several months it does feel relentless but honestly it gets better and now ours sleeps when we are watching tv and actively huffs as us if we disturb him
or the tv is too loud
FairyDog is 12 and sleeps when I do whether that is 1am to 5am or 10pm to 10am.
(And all the time in between!)
He has a bladder capable of holding on for what seems like days! Wish I had one like his...😆
He also prefers my bed to his. I prefer my bed for just me. We have had many a disagreement about this. FairyDog always wins 🙄
Mine is nine now and same as above, he sleeps when we do, whatever time that is. He's dozing on the sofa now but will come up to bed and sleep properly around 1030. Can't get him out of bed in the morning!
Forgot to say, FairyDog has a dog flap so he can pop out whenever.
I should close it in the night as it's big enough for a person to climb in and dog never ventures out as soon as I'm in
his my bed.
It did take until both dogs were around 18 months for them to properly settle.
I used to crate my cocker when tiny in the evening because otherwise she’d get overtired and overstimulated and be a total nightmare. The Welshie is bonkers but has always liked his sleep.
We used to bring the soft bed into the lounge and the puppy used to just sleep in that until we went to bed and he went in his crate. Think we were lucky with a fairly relaxed puppy. When he was really little and being a bit zoomy I used to cuddle him quite tight and kind of rock him until he went to sleep. He needed the sleep and I needed the peace! Now he is older he sometimes pesters to go to bed. I think this might be because of the bedtime biscuit but he does love his sleep and would lie in for ages if we did not get him up when we do!
I had exactly the same thoughts as you. Think the bad part lasted a few weeks. She's just turned four months now and dozes or amuses herself all evening.
Ddog is 16 months. He gets a 'round the block' walk at about 7.30pm then lazes around for the rest of the evening until about 9.30pm when he goes to bed. When he was younger he would have evening zoomies but he grew out of that quite quickly. He was more lively in the evenings when he was younger but now he gets a long walk during the day he settles nicely in the evening.
Thanks everyone that’s so reassuring.
Bedtime has always been between 9pm - 10pm but the evenings being calm and quiet took ages.
As a puppy he tried to cause all sorts of fun and chaos in the evening. He was about two years old when evenings automatically graduated to snoozy time.
Ps dogs are crepuscular (naturally most awake at dawn and dusk) so it takes time for them to settle into the human diurnal pattern (awake during the day).
That’s interesting to know. It also coincides with the that hectic time in the morning when we’re trying to get ready for work/school and the evening bath/bed routine!
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