Dig this… a portion of this post is sponsored, but opinions are my own and 110% “pawthentic”!
Have you ever noticed how if you’re up later than usual, your dog will retreat to his bed at the usual time? That’s because dogs thrive on routine!
Feeding, walks, playtime, chill time, and especially bedtime, are important routines for dogs. When things change up due to travel, unusual visitors, or you being away, that’s when your dog can become anxious, fearful, or naughty.
Chilly and I just started a new routine to help him have better sleeps. Ever since we started having almost daily thunderstorms in the afternoons and some evenings, Chilly doesn’t sleep as well. So I’ve implemented a new routine using the amazingly thoughtful, healthful, and natural bedtime goodies for dogs from Bedtime4Dogs.
Here are my tips for a calming bedtime routine:
Calming Bedtime Routines for Dogs
1. A Tasty Treat
Think about how many people like to wind down with a snack before they go to bed. A nice cup of herbal tea or some warm milk and cookies can do wonders to get our bodies and minds ready to settle down. Why not do the same thing for our furry family members?
Giving your dog a treat at bedtime will give him something special to look forward to every night. Associating bedtime with a yummy snack may also help you to train your pup to settle down for bed. Just like many dogs who seem to know somehow when it’s time for their people to get home or when it’s time for dinner, you may soon find that your own pooch is reminding you to give him his treat so he can go to sleep!
Bedtime Bones® take the bedtime treat to a whole new level. They’re made with all-natural organic ingredients like rye flour, oat bran, honey, and brown eggs. These treats also contain chamomile, which calms dogs just like it does people!
2. A Secure, Comfy Place to Sleep
Does your dog sleep in the same place every night? Most likely the answer is yes! Whether it’s their own doggie bed, a favorite spot on the floor, or a place in bed with you, most pups sleep the best when they’re in their normal sleeping spot. It’s our job as dog parents to make sure that their sleeping place is as comfy and cozy as possible so they can snuggle down and enjoy the night in doggie dreamland!
Coverlet style beds from Bedtime4Dogs are one pawesome way to wrap your pooch in lavish comfort for the night! They’re eco-friendly and made in the USA, but that’s only the beginning. What makes these beds really special is the zip-on cuddler that comes with bed. It’s basically an over-sized blanket that attaches on one side so you can tuck your pup in for the night. Many dogs respond very well to the secure feeling of being snuggled up under their favorite blanket. The beds come unstuffed so you can fill them with pillows or clothing that smells like you, and they’re available in three different sizes to fit any dog.
3. A Favorite Cuddle Toy
Do you remember how safe and secure you felt as a child when you snuggled in bed with your favorite teddy bear? Well, dogs can also find security from a special toy.
Now, not just any old toy will make the paw-fect bedtime buddy. Don’t give him anything with squeakers – that will probably just wind him up and get him in the mood to play! Similarly, anything you usually use to play fetch or tug with may not be the best choice. Ideally you want a toy that only comes out at bedtime or other “down” times.
My new favorite choice for a doggie bedtime toy is the Sleepy Sheep by Bedtime4Dogs. It’s super soft, squeak free, and it won’t encourage thoughts of rambunctious play. Like the coverlet, it’s made in the USA with eco-friendly materials. Plus it fits perfectly into the pocket on the zip-on cuddler!
4. A Bedtime Scent
Some scents can have a calming effect on the human members of the family, and the same is true for our tail wagging friends. Spraying your dog’s bed or bedtime toys with a calming blend of essential oils is a great way to alleviate any lingering anxiety from the day and get your pup ready to sleep through the night.
I love Eau de Bedtime Canine Calming Scent by Bedtime4Dogs! It’s made with lavender and chamomile essential oils, and it smells amazing! I’m tempted to spray it on my own pillow, but for now I’ll save it for Chilly’s bed and cuddle toys!
5. Special Bonding Time
Once your pup is all calm, it’s time for my favorite part of the bedtime routine – the special together time! Choose any quiet activity that you and your pooch both enjoy. Maybe you want to read him a bedtime story (he won’t understand the details, but your calm, just-for-him voice will make his little doggie heart melt!) Or you could just give him some gentle ear rubbing while you tell him about your day.
With a calming bedtime routine, you can ease the day’s anxiety and tuck your pup into bed ready to doze off and enjoy those sweet, happy doggie dreams!
This a sponsored post. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in. ~Petfully yours, Kristen