Image Source: Pixabay.com/Sleep is an important part of an animal’s life. It is often regarded as a health indicator and a lifestyle factor as well. Sleep disorders are common and affects millions of people worldwide. If you are not sleeping well, then you can see how it impacts your life. However, how will you know if your dog is sleeping well or not? Puppies and older dogs will have mixed sleeping schedules but adult dogs should be able to follow your sleeping pattern. Here are some indicators which will indicate whether your dog is getting a good night’s rest or not.
- TirednessDogs sleep for about 14 hours a day and it is normal for them to lie around the house from time to time. But if your dog sleeps for long hours during day time without waking up, then it could be due to lack of sleep. Fatigue could also arise from other problems as well and you should consider taking him to a vet.
- Waking you up earlyDogs are excellent alarm clocks but only if they function correctly. Some dogs have the habit of waking their owners very early in the morning which is a good thing. But then there are some dogs who wake up their owners even before sunrise. If your dog does that, then it could be due to lack of sleep. Sometimes dogs who don’t sleep well wake up in the middle of the night. This might happen to your dog too.
- Irregular potty hoursUsually, the first thing that owners do after waking up in the morning is take their dog outside for the morning walk and potty of course. As an owner, you must be aware of the routine. However, if you find that your dog wants to go outside at odd hours during the night or in the day, then you should realize that something’s wrong. And that something might very well be lack of sleep.
Sleep is an important health indicator and must be taken seriously. Sleep acts as a rejuvenation factor and getting a good night’s rest is crucial for the proper functioning of the body. Sleep disorders are common and dogs too can experience it. The most common indicator of improper sleep is the irregular sleep patterns. Dogs who don’t sleep well at night will sleep at odd hours throughout the day. Also, they will show signs of tiredness and an unusual routine like potty and food timings. If you realize that your dog shows these type of signs, then take him to a vet because sleep disorders can indicate the presence of other problems as well.