Puppies can sleep quite a bit. Adult dogs sleep an average of 13 hours. A young puppy may sleep anywhere from 17 to 21 hours per day. This includes both nighttime sleep and naps taken throughout the day. Each month as the puppy matures, he will require less sleep until he reaches the 11 to 14 hour mark as an adult.
If a puppy has a hard time sleeping at night, this can be due to needing more stimulation during the day. Going from one walk to two can be helpful. Also, you may want to incorporate command training and even agility training; both activities that will tire out a puppy and keep his day fuller so that sleeping at night is more appealing.
While it is hard to resist the instinct to rush over to a whimpering puppy in the middle of the night, it is important to allow a Chihuahua puppy the opportunity to self-sooth. When each whimper is met with attention, the puppy will rarely stop calling out for his owners. As long as you know that there is not a chance that the pup needs to go to the bathroom and that he is safe and secure, it is fine to ignore barking
, yelping or whining.
Have a Schedule -
Have a set schedule will help both you and your dog. While it can help to keep you organized, it will also aid in making a Chihuahua feel more safe and secure.