Should Puppies Sleep in the Dark?

When anyone gets a new puppy, their first concern is always to keep that puppy safe, comfortable, and happy so that it can grow into a healthy and beautiful dog. Making sure your pup gets as much sleep as it needs is one of the most crucial parts of ensuring it develops into adulthood properly. That means knowing the conditions your puppy is going to need to sleep in. 

So, should puppies sleep in the dark? Technically speaking, no. Puppies, and by extension dogs do not need darkness to sleep. They can sleep during the day or at night, with the lights on or off. In fact, sometimes using a nightlight can be better for your puppy than letting it sleep in pitch black. 

But can puppies be alone in the dark? Should you buy a nightlight for your puppy, or will that disrupt its sleep? What are some ways to help your puppy sleep well? Read on! In this article, you’ll learn all you need to know about puppies sleeping habits, whether they’re comfortable in the dark, and how to help them get enough sleep. 

Can puppies sleep in the dark?

If you’re looking for a short answer, yes. Puppies can sleep in the dark. Many puppies even prefer to sleep in the dark. The trick is, you have to find out what is best for your pup and make those accommodations. 

Since dogs were domesticated by humans, they have also been trained and bred to get on our sleep schedules, rather than being nocturnal like their wolf ancestors. This means that yes, many dogs do sleep better at night, which means they sleep better in the dark as well. 

Oftentimes, stimuli such as light and sound can disrupt a dog’s sleep, making it more difficult for the dog to get rest. 

Can puppies sleep with a light?

Yes, many puppies can sleep with light. Whether this is in full light, such as daytime, or simply with a nightlight is also something that varies from dog to dog.

After all, if you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve almost certainly seen it asleep during the day. Since dogs sleep far more than humans (around 12-16 hours a day), they are inevitably sometimes asleep during hours where the sun is up. 

This means that dogs certainly have the capability to sleep with lights. However, if your dog sleeps better in the dark, then you should allow it to sleep in the darkness. 

Are puppies afraid of the dark?

It might seem like very human behavior, but there are in fact puppies that are afraid of the dark. However, it isn’t the dark itself that is usually the cause of their fear or anxiety, but things associated with it. 

For instance, a puppy may associate the dark with being alone, as it can not see its owner. In dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, this can be very stressful. 

Dogs have decent night vision, but much like us can not see in pitch black. This means that they may get worried or anxious in the dark because they cannot see, and therefore cannot predict when danger is coming. 

Can overstimulation cause a puppy to lose sleep?

Depending on the puppy, yes! Some puppies do not do so well when they are in an active environment. For these pups, sounds and lights can keep them awake, causing them to lose sleep. If you notice your puppy is awake during the night, try turning off the lights and making the room it sleeps in quieter. 

Should puppies sleep in darkness and silence?

Just like there are puppies whose sleep suffers from external stimuli, there are puppies who do much better with light and sound present when it comes to sleeping.

If your puppy seems to be having trouble sleeping in a dark, silent room, try putting on a night light and some white noise like a fan or low-volume radio. These can soothe your dog and relieve some of the anxiety it might be feeling from being alone in the dark. 

Where should puppies sleep at night?

Most puppies are safest and most comfortable in a crate (although not too small of one) that has comfortable bedding in the bottom. This will stop them from wandering while still being comfortable and easy to sleep in, providing the best possible combination of comfort and security. 

Should puppies be left alone in the dark?

It probably isn’t the best idea to sleep too far from your puppy at night. The earliest weeks are a very sensitive time for a growing pup, and any number of things can go wrong during the night. You should be around to make sure your puppy is safe and comfortable and is sleeping well. In fact, your presence will most likely calm the puppy down, making for better sleep. 

Can dogs see in the dark?

Although they aren’t as adept as their feline counterparts, dogs actually do have quite good night vision; it is far better than ours. This means that small amounts of light can be all a dog needs to be able to see and feel safer than in pitch black. 

In the pitch black, or when there is no light present, however, dogs are much like us, and cannot see at all. 

What time should a puppy go to bed?

It might seem silly to assign your puppy a bedtime, but it can be an effective house training tool. This will make it so your puppy knows when it’s time to stop playing, running around, or barking and whining and when it’s time to turn in for the night. This will not only promote healthy sleeping habits for the growing pooch but help you get some much-needed rest as well.

Any time after 8:00 p.m. should be a good time for your puppy to go to sleep. Try to mold it to your schedule, so that the puppy is going to sleep and waking up with you. 

Is sleeping with your puppy dangerous?

Sleeping with your puppy can be quite dangerous, as you can never be sure you won’t roll over and hurt your puppy. Remember, they are quite fragile and can be hurt very easily. until the dog is large enough so that you won’t crush or smother it by mistake, make sure it is sleeping in a secure and protected area.