How to Train Your Beagle Dog to Sleep at Night

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1-6 Weeks
General

Introduction

Since you welcomed that cute little ball of Beagle fluff into your home, life has flown by. Beagles are known to be even-tempered, gentle, and intelligent. Your Beagle certainly lives up to all of those expectations. However, he doesn’t half seem to have a strange sleeping pattern. You put him to bed at night but you can hear him roaming and playing around from upstairs. Then he’ll spend half the day sleeping. So, when you do want to give him attention, he’s tired, and when he wants attention you’re getting your much-needed shut-eye.

You want him awake and lively when the kids are around and you want him on the same body clock as everyone else in the house. Training him to sleep at night will also be good for his health. Dogs, like humans, need a long and undisrupted sleep.

Defining Tasks

Training a Beagle to sleep at night is definitely achievable. They are smart dogs so they should respond to training swiftly. The first thing you’ll need to do is look at his routine. You need to ensure he has a consistent routine with plenty of exercise and attention. You’ll then need to take a number of steps to encourage him to sleep in the evening.

If he’s a puppy, he should need lots of sleep for growing. You could see results in just a week or two. If he’s older and had strange sleeping habits throughout his life then you may need up to 6 weeks to get him into a consistent routine. Succeed with this training and you won’t have to worry about coming downstairs to see he’s been up all night causing havoc on your furniture.

Getting Started

Before training can begin you will need to gather a few things. You may need to get him a comfy new bed. If he’s a puppy he will need a crate to sleep in to start with.

You’ll also need to set aside some time each day for playing and exercising. You’ll also need some treats and his favorite food to motivate him throughout. Some food puzzles will also be needed for one of the methods.

Apart from that you just need patience and a positive attitude. Once you have all that, you’re ready to go!

The Routine Method

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Exercise
Make sure you take him out for a decent walk each day. Beagles have lots of energy so they need a good run around. You can make his current walk longer or you can throw a ball for him as you walk around. With enough exercise his body will force him into sleeping at the end of a long day.
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Meals
It’s important he gets his meals at the same time each day. If you can set a consistent routine then he will be able to relax in-between meals. It’s all about bringing his body clock in line with yours.
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Toilet time
Make sure you take him out to the toilet first thing in the morning and before he goes to bed. Some dogs don’t sleep because they need the toilet. If he knows he’ll get to go outside first thing in the morning he’ll be more able to relax and sleep in between.
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Attention
Make sure you spend a few minutes each day giving him attention. This play time will not only help tire him out but it will also satisfy any attention-seeking behavior. Simply playing tug of war for 10 minutes should do the trick.
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Good morning & good night
Make sure you say "hello" to him each morning and before you go to bed. If he can’t sleep because he has separation anxiety then this should remedy the problem. If he knows you’ll be there to greet him in the morning he’ll be able to relax. Some dogs simply need reassurance.
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The Environment Method

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Location
Make sure his bed is in a secluded spot. Dogs need privacy so try and position his bed in a spot where he has some walls around him. Three walls would be ideal. If the space feels like it’s truly his he’ll find it easier to relax and sleep.
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New bed
He may not be sleeping because he doesn’t like his bed. Go out and get him a new one. Make sure it’s big and comfy. The more blankets the better.
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Leave a treat out
When it’s approaching bed time, place a treat on his bed. This is the ideal way to lure him into bed in the first place. Beagles, like most dogs, have a weak spot for anything tasty. If a treat is always there he’ll start to look forward to going to bed in the evening.
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Down time
Spend a couple of minutes before you go to sleep calmly stroking him in his bed. This will help relax and settle him. You don’t want to get him animated so keep it calm and controlled.
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Never punish him
If you shout at him when you catch him up at night you’ll only scare him. If he’s terrified he’ll find it even harder to sleep. You must remain calm at all times through out training.
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The Puppy Bed Time Method

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A toy to chew on
Some young Beagle dogs are up at night because they are teething. This can cause serious discomfort. So, give him a chewable toy to sink his teeth into in the evenings. Leave one in his bed and he’ll have something to help him drift off and keep the pain at bay.
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Crate close by
Keep the crate relatively close to you to start with. Those first few weeks can be the hardest as Beagle puppies develop a close connection with their owners. So, let him sleep in just the next room or two to start with until he’s settled.
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Increase the distance
As the weeks go by, you can sleep further and further away from him. His confidence will quickly grow and any separation anxiety that’s keeping him up will quickly subside.
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Food puzzles
Beagle puppies have lots of energy. Energy that may be keeping them up at night. Leaving a food puzzle for him in the evening is a good way to tire him out. It will take time and effort to get to the food in the middle. By the time he has gotten there he’ll be in serious need of a sleep.
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Praise
Give him encouragement and praise whenever you see him in his bed in the evening. Also, make sure you give him lots of praise when you catch him in his bed in the morning. If he associates being in bed at night with attention from his owner then he’ll be more likely to stay put.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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Belle
Beagle
6 Weeks
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Belle
Beagle
6 Weeks

She stays up ALL night and won't sleep when I want her to she goes to sleep on her time

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Catherine, First of all, make sure she is active and sees sunlight during the day and is not confusing her nights and days. At this age she will need to nap a lot during the day, so she needs short bursts of activity between naps, such as 45 min-1 hour at a time, possibly only 30 minutes at a time, but several times a day. Second, it takes most puppies two weeks to adjust to being alone at night. You can provide something with your scent on it if in an exercise pen. Take this item away as she gets older and can chew it up though. Only give something scented for very young puppies. Finally, I suggest putting a crate in the exercise pen, with a non-absorbent bed, such as www.primopads.com, and place a disposable grass pad on the opposite end of the exercise pen, so that she has a confined space to go into to feel safe. If you plan to train her to potty outside, you can also start crate training with the crate door closed, but because she is so little, you will need to take her outside frequently during the night still until her bladder develops more. Surprise method for crate training: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Crate Training method for potty training: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Disposable real grass pad: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K3WS97D/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07K3WS97D&pd_rd_w=4nGDd&pf_rd_p=8a8f3917-7900-4ce8-ad90-adf0d53c0985&pd_rd_wg=4rx05&pf_rd_r=3QKZQT0DXCFKSP0TYXAR&pd_rd_r=34e830db-8b99-11e9-b64c-d73dded6ffc7 She may cry at night for up to two weeks. If you ignore the crying unless she needs to be taken potty, and keep potty trips boring, taking her out on a leash, then the crying should get to be less and less each night. If you give in and let her out of the pen or crate or give her attention in the middle of the night when she doesn't really need to potty, then she will learn that crying is a good way to get your attention and will continue doing it at night and it will take longer to teach her to sleep. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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ZOORO
Beagle
8 Months
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ZOORO
Beagle
8 Months

He wants to play at night and sleeps very late. barks very loudly at night.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Swapna, First, I suggest looking at his daytime schedule. Make sure that he is not sleeping the entire day (up to five hours is normal), is receiving mental stimulation (like short training sessions or walks where he has to heel and focus, or working for his food through things like puzzle toys and food stuffed chew toys), and is being given a moderate amount of exercise. If his daytime is fine, the playing is probably just habitual because playing is more interesting than sleeping for him. I suggest crate training him so that he cannot wake you up in ways other than barking. Ignore the barking. If the barking doesn't get better within three to five days of crate training him and ignoring his barking at night - so that he will learn to settle back down and go to sleep, then check out the protocol below for the night barking. Crate Training article: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Barking protocol: For the barking, first teach him the Quiet command by following the "Quiet" method from the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Second, purchase a Pet Convincer, which is a small canister of pressurized unscented air. When you put him in the crate during the day, tell him "Quiet". If he barks, return to him and spray his side with a small puff of air from the Pet Convincer (NOT his face), then leave again. If he doesn't bark, after five minutes return to him and sprinkle a few small treats into the crate, then leave again. Repeat correcting him with the air canister if he barks, then leaving again, and sprinkling treats into the crate if he stays quiet, then leaving again. As he improves, wait until he stays quiet for longer before you return to him. Once he can stay quiet for up to an hour in the crate during the day, then at night when he barks, correct him with the pet convincer. Do not give treats at night though. Practice this during the day first so that he learns through positive reinforcement to stay quiet for longer and through corrections to stop barking initially, so that when you correct at night he will understand why he is being corrected and what he should do to avoid the correction. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Bandit
Beagle corgi
1 Year
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Bandit
Beagle corgi
1 Year

He only responds to me when I have treats. Without treats he completely ignores me. It’s only been 3 weeks since I adopted him from the shelter.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Elizabeth, First, know that what you described is normal for basic obedience - the initial goal is just to teach pup what a word means and motivate them to learn. You will practice with treats for about four weeks, then practice and only give pup the treat when they perform the command better, do it several times in a row, or are around a harder distraction - keep pup guessing when the treat will come and transition to using treats less and less so that pup is not feeling bribed for obeying. What comes next is intermediate obedience. For intermediate obedience, you will gradually work up to distractions and pup developing the skills to obey in those situations too - at first the distraction might be someone walking through the room, a squirrel in the yard, a leaf blowing by, ect...Start with less distracting environments, then gradually move onto harder environments and spend intentional time practicing in each of those new environments until pup can focus there too. For example, in your home without others around is easiest, your backyard is a bit harder, your front yard is even harder, your neighborhood is even hard, your home with guests present is even harder, a pet store is even harder, ect...Go out of your way to practice at the current level pup needs to learn at and to create the distractions pup is ready to learn to overcome during training sessions when you can control things - so that pup can also respond when things are more out of your control in every day life, but keep the distraction level what pup is ready for at that point in the training so pup can still succeed with your help - the goal is to guide pup and provide consistent, calm boundaries at this point. Second, you may need to switch some of your training methods once pup knows the commands and is sometimes choosing to disobey. This point doesn't come until you have done the above training though. At 3 weeks into training pup probably doesn't even know the commands consistently so a lot more practice just teaching the meaning of words is needed first. To transition to different methods when the time comes, for example, when teaching Sit I would first recommend using the Treat Luring method from the article linked below. Once pup knows that method well and has worked up to some distractions, I would enforce my command using the Pressure method from that same article when pup chooses to disobey something they know. The pressure method will still reward some but will also give a gentle consequence for disobedience to encourage pup to obey even when they don't find it as fun. Be patient with pup and know that he is still developing his attention span and ability to learn this early in training so I wouldn't be too strict at this point - keep things more positive and very gradually transition to intermediate methods for commands over the next 4 months. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-sit Some other methods to help enforce commands when pup is ready: Reel In method for Come: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Turns method for Heel: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel The Leash Pressure method for down: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-lay-down If pup doesn't know these commands really well already, start by using the treat luring methods with each command before using the slightly firmer methods to proof that command once pup has learned the command and just needs to be reminded. Right now you can also keep a drag leash without a handle (for safety reasons to get caught less around the house) on pup while you are home. That way when you give a command like Come and pup ignores you, you can calmly walk over to them and lead them back to where you were - gently teaching them that they need to listen in every day life too. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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