By the time a foster dog comes to my house, she’s been shuffled around a few times. It’s no wonder she has trouble falling asleep at night.
Unfortunately, if the foster dog ain’t sleeping, nobody’s sleeping.
Perfect Dog Except for One Little Thing
Most foster dogs cry the first night or two.
We put their crate right beside the bed and dangle a hand or finger in the door so they can smell us as they go to sleep. For really tough cases, one of us will lie on the floor with our face right next to the crate door until the dog falls asleep.
Usually it only takes a few days until the dog feels safe enough to sleep on his own.
But I have a feeling Ginny is going to be a tough case. She wants to sleep on the bed. And she wants to sleep on the bed NOW, darn it. And if she can’t sleep on the bed, she will whine-bark-bay until… until… well, until we’re so worried the neighbors will hear that we try something new.
Yes, she would go right to sleep if we put her on the bed. But we don’t let Honey sleep on the bed and we don’t want to encourage jealousy. And if we don’t deal with this, we’re creating problems her future family will have to deal with. They might not be as patient as we are.
It’s tough, Ginny. But you have to learn how to comfort yourself at night. Just like you have to be calm when you’re left alone in the house (something she does just a little bit better).
And if you don’t learn, Ginny, I’m going to have to… to… ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz.
I’m too tired to be coherent.
If you or your family have decided to do something more meaningful for the holidays than buy each other one more chia pet, can I make a suggestion? Give a gift to help senior dogs needing hospice care through Frankie’s Fund.
Frankie’s Fund was set up by Edie Jarolim as a way to give her recently passed dog a great sendoff while helping others at the same time. Please click the last link to make your gift to GreyMuzzles.org.
Edie is trying to raise $5,000 by Christmas and she needs your help. So please spread the word by sharing her post and give as much as you can.
And while we’re thinking about giving, Kate of Slim Doggy has shared compliments, encouragement and link love with her Pet Blogger’s Gift exchange partner, Duke the Dog. I know a few others of you are working on secret projects to thrill and surprise your partner. But if you’ve been linked to another blogger, you have until January 4 to write your encouraging post and post it to the linky list.
And if you were sleeping (I’m so jealous) when we first announced the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange and you don’t know what it is, check out my co-host’s, Pup Fan of I Still Want More Puppies, description of how it all works.
Now let’s see some non-material gift giving, folks.
Your Turn: Do you have any good advice for helping an adult dog sleep at night? Please use short words. I’m too tired to read anything too
complekated compli hard.