Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated February 17, 2009)
Whenever you buy a new puppy, it takes a few days for it to acclimate and get used to its new environment. You will probably have to endure messes and unwanted tinkling during the day, and whimpering and unwanted tinkling during the night. While puppies are so incredibly adorable, it does take a while to get used to it, and it takes a while for it to get used to you and your family. There are a few tricks you can try to make the transition a little easier, which will increase the happiness and well being of yourself and your puppy.
Something you can try to make your puppy sleep easier at night is to use a ticking clock. This may seem a little weird and out of the ordinary, but there are a few benefits to putting your puppy to sleep with a ticking clock. The philosophy behind the ticking clock idea is that the ticks of the clock reminds the puppy of its mother's heartbeat. The ticks are uniform, constant, and relatively quiet, so it can have a great effect when you're trying to get your new little puppy to just sleep a little bit.
If you don't have a ticking clock, you can easily just go to Target or Wal Mart, and find a cheap one in the housewares section. Depending on the type of clock you get, the ticks might be louder or softer. You don't want the ticks to be so loud that it keeps the puppy awake, or wakes it up after only a couple of hours. If the puppy sleeps in your room, you also don't want the ticks to keep you awake. Fortunately there is something you can do to at least semi-control the loudness of the ticks. If you wrap the clock in a piece of cloth or clothing, you could really help reduce the loudness of the ticks. The whole point of the ticking clock is just to remind the puppy of its mother, so it will sleep. You don't want the ticks to be so loud it keeps everyone up, but you also don't want the ticks to be too soft, because you obviously want this technique to work. Also, if you wrap the clock in a piece of cloth, if it smells like you, it will help your puppy better acclimate to its new home.
So, having a puppy is an adventure of sorts. It really is like having an extra member of the family, and puppies definitely take up a lot of extra time. You'll want to accustom your puppy as quickly as possible, and I'm pretty sure there will come that time when you are completely ready to try just about anything to get your puppy adjusted. So, you should definitely try the ticking clock trick to get your puppy to sleep. You and your puppy will be so much more rested!
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