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Sleeping – how much is normal?

May 9th, 2019

Considering a dog’s daily routine, sleeping for long periods is a natural habit. Dogs often spend 50% of the day napping, 30% lying awake and the rest 20% being active. The amount of sleep that your furry friend needs depends on factors such as age and size, breed and activity level, life changes and health.

As puppies spend a lot of energy exploring their environment and learning, they may need as much as 18 to 20 hours of sleep per day. Older dogs also tend to need more rest, due to the aging process. Both large and small breeds can be long sleepers, but there are larger breeds that are known for sleeping a lot!

Working dogs need to stay awake because of the physical demands that they face each day. Their tasks hold their attention, which results in more activity. On the other hand, dogs that have a more sedentary lifestyle spend their day doing whatever they want, including sleeping.

As with humans, any changes in your dog’s usual habits will affect the sleep pattern. For example, if he/she experience the death of a companion or a move to another house, these situations can affect their sleep. He/ she may need extra sleep until his/her mood and energy level is back to normal.

If you notice a dramatic change in your dog’s sleeping habits, you may look for a vet’s advice, as such changes can be linked with conditions such as canine depression, diabetes, and hypothyroidism.

As you could read before, sleeping a lot is a normal and important part of your furry friend’s routine. So, choose a cozy bed for your baby and let him/her relax!!!