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 white noise machine. 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 white noise machine. If you try this trick, you should put the noise machine onto 'heartbeat.' The philosophy behind the white noise idea is that the beats of the machine reminds the puppy of its mother's heartbeat. The beats are uniform and constant, so it can have a great effect when you're trying to get your new little puppy to just sleep a little bit.
White noise isn't exactly the most peaceful thing for you, as a pet owner, to have to deal with, and so if you go for this tactic of getting your puppy to sleep, you'll want to have your puppy sleep in an different room. The white noise will keep you awake, and could definitely be considered as worse than being kept awake by a whining puppy. If you do use the white noise machine, you need to put your puppy in a room not close to yours. You want both you and your puppy to be happy and sleep well, so have your puppy and its white noise machine sleep somewhere else.
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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