Sleeping arrangements

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You will need to set up a new environment at home that enables your puppy to feel safe and secure.

Start your puppy off on the right track encouraging him or her to sleep away from you at night. Decide if your puppy is going to live indoors or outdoors early on. Remember puppies are not very good at keeping themselves warm so it needs to be in a sheltered area.

Create a “puppy domain” where your puppy can go to eat, drink and sleep comfortably. This is an area you want your puppy to feel safe so ensure there are no loud noises (such as the washing machine) that may frighten your puppy.

 

The Ideal Puppy Bed

A cosy bed where your puppy can snuggle into a corner is ideal and it is best to set this up before you get your puppy home.

The bed can be a cardboard box with a mattress of a washable blanket. If you use a cardboard box, cut one side down to allow your pup to climb in and out easily.

Some puppies enjoy a covered in bed where they can go and retreat when they need some peace. There are some excellent elaborate commercial beds available. Whatever the type of bed chosen for your puppy, it should be so constructed that it can be easily cleaned.

Remember young puppies are not good at regulating their own temperature and they get cold easily so the bed should be in an area away from cold drafts (such as near windows or doors). Avoid a cellar or basement situation, these are usually damp, dark, lonely places and your pup may feel punished.

Avoid moving the bed from spot to spot as this will only confuse your puppy.

The toy and miniature breeds may not cope so well outside but larger dogs have a heavier coat to help them stay warm. You will, however, have to be extra careful early on and in the winter months.

If your puppy is going to sleep outdoors you must provide a dry, draft free and warm area to sleep such as a kennel. It is best to raise the kennel from the ground by using a wooden platform.

Always remember to place the kennel in an area protected from the hot sun in summer and the nasty winds and rain in winter.

 

The Ideal Kitten Bed

The bed can be a cardboard box with a mattress of a washable blanket. If you use a cardboard box, cut one side down to allow your kitten to climb in and out easily.

Some kittens enjoy a covered in bed where they can go and retreat when they need some peace. There are some excellent elaborate commercial beds available.

Remember young kittens are not good at regulating their own temperature and they get cold easily so the bed should be in an area away from cold drafts (such as near windows or doors). Avoid a cellar or basement situation, these are usually damp, dark, lonely places and your kitten may feel punished or scared.

Don’t move the bed from spot to spot as this will only confuse your kitten. Keeping the bed in a “kitten domain” will help your kitten feel secure.

If your kitten is going to sleep outdoors you must provide a dry, draft free and warm area covered in area. It is best to raise a bed from the ground. For safety and to prevent roaming, your kitten MUST be kept in an enclosure. Remember, indoor cats live a longer, healthier life. They are less likely to be exposed to diseases and parasites such as fleas, ticks and worms and are not at risk of getting into fights with other cats or being hit by a car.