How Much Sleep Does My Dog Need?

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How Much Sleep Does My Dog Need?
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Never waste any time you can spend sleeping, said Frank Knight and your dog might be only too aware of the wisdom!Unlike humans, dogs do not sleep all night, and tend to catch short naps throughout the day. The way dogs snooze is similar to the cat’s nap, unlike the deep sleep of humans. Even if they seem to snooze a lot, the pet canines have the ability to wake up in a jiffy and become alert instantaneously.The furry companions need anywhere between 12 to 14 hours every day and pups sleep for a little more than 20 hours. That’s a lot of snooze, and in fact dogs spend over 50% of the day is spent sleeping. Just 20 % of the time they are active, with the rest of the day spent just lying around doing nothing. Not surprisingly some breeds like St. Bernard and the Great Pyrenees have earned their nickname of “mat dogs.” Mastiffs and Great Danes are other breeds which tend to sleep a lot, close to 18 hours a dayHere are some of the facts related to the sleep habits of dogs:

  • The reason why canines sleep during the day and stay awake in the night could just because of their habits as their ancestors were hunters and hunting was preferably done at night when stealth and camouflage were of essence. Besides, because of their acute sense of hearing, even minute sounds could disturb their sleep at night.
  • Dogs sleep when they are bored, or nothing else exciting is happening around them. Younger and older dogs also sleep more than middle aged dogs.
  • Working dogs such as shepherd dogs involved are active most of the day and may sleep less than 14 hours a day. Siberian huskies are known to sleep in very short bursts to stay alert and sharp as they work for long periods of time without resting.
  • Excess weight or other health conditions like heart disease or cancers may tire out the canines more, making them take longer naps.
  • Sometimes, checking your pet’s diet and nutrition may be worth the while. Insufficient quantity or diet devoid of nutrients that the pet needs, may contribute to the changed sleep pattern.
  • Seasons affect the sleeping habits of dogs too, according to vets. Dogs and cats are believed to sleep less in winters, which is the time when daylight is reduced.

If your dog is alert and energetic when awake, is eating and drinking normally, you could just let your sleeping dog lie. If you do notice any excessive lethargy and reduced intake of food and mood changes in your dog, it may be time for the appointment with the vet.

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