3 Natural Alternatives to Help Your Dog Sleep Better
If your dog is awake for hours during the night - and keeping you awake as well - then here are three things you can do today to help it rest better tonight.
1. Move the dog’s bed closer to the rest of the family
If your dog is whining and barking during the night, then it might have separation anxiety.
You can help by moving the dog’s bed closer to the rest of the family. It can be in a room next door or close to the bedrooms or in the passage outside. If you move it into one of the bedrooms, but don’t want it on the bed, then you can use a crate to train it to sleep on the floor.
2. Exercise them more
If your dog is restless at night with excessive energy, it may be that it is not getting enough physical activity during the day. Try adding in an extra walk or play session.
It may be worthwhile to take it running or ask a professional dog walker to add in an extra session during the day if you work.
3. Use a weighted blanket to help them sleep better
You may have heard that weighted blankets can help people sleep better. Well, they can help dogs too as dogs have the same central nervous system structure as humans.
Weighted blankets work by using Deep Pressure Touch. This is a firm but gentle pressure that calms the mind and body.
Deep Pressure Touch works in three phases to calm your dog physically and mentally.
Deep Pressure Touch switches off your dog's body's "fight or flight" response.
Deep Pressure Touch physically slows the heart and breathing rates. This means that your dog's body feels calmer.
Deep Pressure Touch then floods your dog's bloodstream with "feel-good" neurotransmitters and hormones that calm the mind.
And this combination of a calmer mind and body will help soothe your dog to sleep - without medication.
Which dogs shouldn’t use weighted blankets?
We do not recommend that flat-faced breeds such as bulldogs and pugs use weighted blankets due to their restricted breathing anatomy.
Listen to your dog’s gentle snores, rather than click clacking toenails
At Calming Pets, we custom-make weighted blankets that are specially designed to help dogs sleep better.
What People Are Saying
But don't take our word for it. Here are just some of our customers' reviews.
"Works wonders for storms and other loud noises"
We have a 3 year old rescue male Rottweiler who we adopted 18 months ago. He came to us with severe anxiety. We tried everything to help him overcome this!!
A friend suggested a weighted blanket. Since we bought it he has been a different doggie!!
He asks for us to put it on him at bedtime. It has worked wonders for storms and any other loud noises like tradies working in the area. We got a 5kg minky and cotton one!
Thank you Calming Pets for helping my furbaby.
- Paula G
"Now she is calm and settles within seconds of the blanket being put over her"
I have an extremely damaged rescue pup who we adopted in 2017. She came to us with severe anxiety due to being beaten, abused and neglected for the first 8 months of her life. We had multiple trainers and behaviourists assess her and resulted in medicating her to try and calm her down.
About 6 months ago I came across weighted blankets and figured it couldn't hurt to try something else to ease her anxiety and this by far was the best thing we have EVER bought for her!
Some nights she would be uncontrollable even with medication, she would be unsettled, nervous and frantic. It could take hours to get her to sleep, settle or just keep still.
Now, she is calm and settles within seconds of the blanket being put over her!! It is now a part of her regular routine and she will alert me when she needs it during the day and waits to be covered in it every night!!!
Hands down worth every single cent! We have had the most success for using this blanket than we had with medicines!
I would highly recommend to anyone struggling with anxious pets.
- Chlo E
Going on 3.5 hours. Hasn't moved. She's snoring. Very content.
She's usually wandering around the house annoying me at this time of night, click clacking on my wood floors cause she can't relax.I think she might be staying put tonight!
- Mel S
"Just plopped over"
He loves it.
Just plopped over beside me as soon as I put it on him.
- Aimee R
"Putting the blanket over her helps to calm and reduce the stress"
My pooch doesn’t travel very well. She becomes anxious and stressed.
Putting the blanket over her helps to calm and reduce the stress. Making the journey more enjoyable for all.
- Kathy C
"She immediately relaxes. This blanket is amazing"
I have a Miniature Schnauzer, Ruby. Along with her age, she suffers severe anxiety.
Her blanket is incredible. She actually gets ON her weighted blanket and makes noises until I place the weighted blanket OVER her. She immediately relaxes. This blanket is amazing.
- Natalie F
Calming Pets’ weighted blankets are made with the correct - and safe - weight to help your dog sleep better
We recommend that you buy a weighted blanket that is around 10% of your pet’s body weight. (Please round up to the next weight up if they are “inbetween” weights.)
We have a wide selection of fabrics for you to choose from - coloured cottons, snuggly raised dot sensory minky, luxurious smooth minky or water-resistant fabrics. All available in an amazing selection of different colours. This means that you get a weighted blanket that suits your lifestyle and looks beautiful too.
Plus, you can get 20% off today when you use your coupon code at checkout.
Our weighted blankets for dogs are:
We manufacture to high standards using high quality inputs. This means that you can be sure of the excellent workmanship and that it will last.
We make them with love and care in Mandurah, WA - so that you know that it will be made with the correct weight that gives the best calming effect for your dog.
On cold, gentle cycle. A practical way to manage any dog mess.
To get your dog a calming weighted blanket, firstly determine the right size blanket. You can use the easy-reference chart below.
- Extra-small dogs include breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers, Toy Poodles, Shih Tzu, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Miniature Pinscher, Papillon, Silky Terrier, Maltese Poodle and Bichon Frise.
- Small dog breeds include: Schnauzers, Welsh Corgis, King Charles Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Beagles, Jack Russell Terriers, Schipperkes, Lakeland Terriers and Shetland Sheepdogs.
- Australian Shepherds, Australian Cattle Dogs, Kelpies, Border Collies, Basset Hounds, English Shepherds, Brittanys and Labradoodles are all examples of medium-sized dogs.
- Large dog breeds include Labradors, German Shepherds, Alsatians, Boxers, Chow Chows, Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles.
- Breeds such as Great Danes, St Bernards, Doberman Pinschers, Mastiffs, Boerbuls, Rottweilers, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Rhodesian Ridgebacks are all examples of extra-large dogs.
Help your dog sleep better with a Calming Pets' weighted blanket today.
Buy one now by choosing the correct size weighted blanket for your dog below. And listen to your dog snoring peacefully all night.