Is My Dog Getting Enough Sleep?

Just like us, dogs get grumpy and behave badly when they do not get enough sleep.

How much sleep does my dog need?

Puppies need 18 to 20 hours of sleep per 24-hour period

Adult dogs need 12 to 14 hours of sleep per 24-hour period

Elderly dogs need a lot more than they used to.

Large breeds will nap more often.

Dogs are more active at dusk and dawn. I often get asked why is my puppy so annoying every night just when I want to get dinner ready or the kids sorted. Equally, why does my dog wake me up so early in the morning? The good news is that most dogs quickly adapt to our sleep patterns.

Humans need REM sleep to feel completely rested yet dogs will benefit from short naps often What happens to a sleep-deprived dog?


They make bad decisions.

Their health is compromised.

Puppies’ growth can be compromised.

They do naughty stuff!!

What causes sleep deprivation in dogs?

Bedding: make sure bedding is appropriate to the season, e.g.; warm bedding in a sheltered area preferably inside the house in winter. In summer, ensure the bed is large enough for the dog to stretch out fully to keep cool.

Noise: being in a noisy environment day or night will cause a dog to get less sleep.

Environment factors: make sure the dog is not disturbed by sensor lights at night or flashing lights from household goods. Sometimes other dogs, cats or wildlife wandering around can disrupt their sleep.

Stressful events during the day can cause a dog to be anxious for hours which can interfere with sleep.

Too much activity during the day: especially on weekends or holidays when kids and other dogs can keep them from sleeping.

Too little activity during the day: Physical and mental stimulation will create a happy well-balanced dog who is able to sleep well.

Bringing a new puppy home, what to expect?

Keep in mind when you bring a new puppy home he has just left the only safety and security he has ever known, so his first few days and weeks will be frightening until he learns to trust you. It is understandable that a new puppy will cry when left alone on his first night. Ideally, you will be close by to offer reassurance.

Puppy will probably not be able to go all night without toileting. He may whimper or cry to let you know that he needs to go out.

Here is an idea of how often a dog needs to toilet. Number 1’s and 2’s

Aged 6 to 14 weeks they will need to toilet 8 to 10 times in a 24-hour period.

Aged 14 to 20 weeks they will need to toilet 6 to 8 times in a 24-hour period.

Aged 20 to 30 weeks they will need to toilet 4 to 6 times in a 24-hour period.

Over 30 weeks and older 3 to 4 times per day.

I cringe when I hear the old adage “it’s just a dog it can sleep anywhere”.

Dogs are thinking, emotionally aware, and feel the same cold and heat that we do. So be kind.

Help them to sleep and you will have a happier hound and a happier home.

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