Sleep is crucial for health and happiness. This applies to humans and animals alike. Your emotional support dog requires good sleep in order to function well, have energy, and feel good.
There are many things you can do to ensure that your ESA dog gets the best quality shut-eye it possibly can. Here are 10 ways to improve your emotional support dog’s sleep.
Get Up at the Same Time Each Morning
A reliable schedule is important for your ESA dog’s sleep quality. If your dog wakes up at the same time every morning, its body will be used to the routine. When your dog’s body is in tune with a daily routine its sleep quality will be optimized. If your ESA dog gets into a reliable routine, it will be ready for a good night’s sleep come bedtime.
Front-Load Water Consumption
Needing to get up to use the toilet is a huge sleep disrupter. If you allow your emotional support dog to drink a lot of liquids later in the day, it will usually need to urinate in the night. The best way to ensure that your ESA dog gets enough water while also getting a great night of uninterrupted sleep is to front-load its water consumption. By letting your dog drink to its heart’s content early in the day and then reducing the amount it drinks closer to bedtime, your dog will be more likely to sleep all night.
Regular Meal Times
Another important factor in keeping your ESA dog ticking over in a nice and predictable routine is to feed it at the same time every day. When your dog has a set eating routine, its body will tend to be well-functioning and healthy.
It also helps to not feed your dog too close to bedtime and to not allow it to eat rich foods that may cause indigestion and ruin sleep quality.
Provide Plenty of Exercise
If your emotional support pet has a healthy exercise routine, it will sleep well. When a dog has spent enough time running, playing, and walking during the day, it will be sufficiently worn out and eager to rest. Making sure your emotional support dog is well-exercised will hugely improve its sleep quality.
Nurture Your Dog’s Emotional Wellbeing
The less stressed and anxious your ESA dog is, the better it will sleep. Stress and anxiety tend to inhibit good quality sleep. You can optimize your ESA’s emotional wellbeing by providing it with lots of company and tactile contact. Talking to your emotional support dog, petting it, cuddling it, and keeping it company will make it emotionally calm and happy.
Rigorous exercise will also improve your dog’s emotional well-being. Keeping your ESA dog as happy and anxiety-free as possible will improve its quality of sleep.
Provide Your Dog With Mental Stimulation
Boredom can lead to restlessness and an inability to sleep. By mentally stimulating your ESA dog, you will improve its quality of sleep. Walks in novel environments, trips to the beach or countryside, playing in the garden, and even chatting – all of these can provide your dog with mental stimulation and therefore improve its quality of sleep.
Bring Your Dog For Regular Vet Checkups
Underlying health problems can ruin a dog’s sleep. To make sure your dog is in good health and has no subtle health issues, it is important to bring it for regular vet checkups. By taking your ESA dog to the vet regularly, you will ensure that it remains healthy and energetic enough to enjoy a full night of rejuvenating sleep.
Reduce Noise Pollution
Sudden loud noises or chronic background noise will tend to disrupt a dog’s sleep. In order to ensure that your emotional support dog gets a good night’s sleep, you should provide it with the most peaceful sleeping quarters possible.
Provide Ample Darkness
For both humans and emotional support animals, a dark room makes it much easier to achieve good quality sleep. By keeping light pollution to a minimum you will allow your ESA dog to sleep uninterrupted. Close curtains and doors, and turn off TVs, laptops, and tablets. Providing a dark environment will improve your emotional support dog’s sleep.
Stick to Regular Bedtime
We began this article by recommending that your dog wakes at the same time every morning. And it is also very beneficial if you can ensure that your ESA dog gets to sleep at a similar time each night. When your dog’s body-clock knows what time it can expect to get to sleep, it will be ready and waiting.
A regular routine of going to bed and getting up at the same time each day will improve your emotional support dog’s sleep.