1. Set up a calming environmentPhillips says petting or lightly brushing your dog before bedtime may help them relax. You might even play some soft, soothing music. Another relaxation option: Exposing your dog to calming scents like chamomile or lavender. Krysta Reilly, a veterinary technician in Scottsdale, Arizona, says you might even consider placing a white-noise sound machine near where you dog slumbers.
2. Maintain a routineSetting up a before-bedtime routine can help your dog enjoy some quality shut-eye. “Our dogs are very routine-driven, so try to set a regular routine with plenty of signals that your dog knows it’s almost time for bed,” Phillips says. “This could be anything from turning off the lights to brushing your teeth.”
3. Incorporate exerciseTo make sure your Terrier is tuckered out and ready to rest, be sure your dog gets plenty of exercise throughout the day, Reed says. A couple of daily walks, for instance, could even enable you to get more exercise and to spend more quality time with your furry friend.
4. Explore herbal alternativesBurton says valerian root is a safe herbal supplement for dogs that can promote relaxation and sleep. He also recommends a Chinese herbal formula called Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Ling Tang. Remember to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog any herbal supplements.
5. Look into prescription medicationReilly says your veterinarian may be able to prescribe medication that helps your dog get to sleep and stay asleep. “Every dog is different,” she says, “and sleeplessness issues should always be first discussed with your veterinarian to determine what’s best for your pet’s individual circumstance.”