The Havanese Dog and the Nocturnal Restlessness: a Dog Psychologist Responds

Host question

"Hi! I have a beautiful Havanese puppy named Luna. Luna is the cutest and sweetest little pet in the world, but we have a problem that has kept me up countless nights. Luna is extremely restless at night. She is constantly pacing back and forth, sometimes stopping and howling as if she can't find her place. Can you help me find out what is causing this and how we can help her?"

Answer from a dog psychologist

"Hi! First of all, thank you for sharing your problem with Luna. It is very important for you to understand that the cause of the night restlessness can be physical or psychological.

First of all, you should definitely have Luna examined by your vet to rule out any possible medical problems!

If all of these are normal, then you may want to consider the following.

Too much energy

Havanese are energetic dogs that need regular exercise. If Luna doesn't get enough physical activity during the day, it can cause restlessness at night. Try increasing the length of daily walks or introducing playtime at home.

Psychological stimulation

Havanese are intelligent dogs that also need a mental challenge.

If Luna is bored, this can also cause restlessness at night. Try introducing some brain games into her routine, such as puzzle games or searching for hidden snacks.

Comfort zone

It's easy for Luna to simply not find her sleeping area comfortable. Try a different sleeping area or add extra pillows or blankets to the existing one.

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Separation anxiety

If Luna is anxious when she is alone, this may be the cause of her restlessness at night. Try to slowly get her used to being left alone, for short periods at first, then gradually increase the length of time.

You can also use positive reinforcement, such as giving him a reward treat when he behaves well.

Stress

Last but not least, Luna can be stressful. Many things can cause stress for a dog, such as changes in her environment, new people or animals, noises.

Try to observe if there is anything that is visibly stressing Luna and if possible try to remove or minimise that source of stress.

If Luna's nocturnal restlessness persists, consider seeking professional help, such as a behaviourist or dog psychologist.

They can help you gain a deeper understanding of what is causing Luna's restlessness and help you develop a personalised plan to deal with the problem.

I hope these suggestions will help Luna and give you all a well-deserved night's rest.

It will take patience and perseverance, but I believe you will eventually find the right solution to the problem."