Owners sometimes feel that their pets sleep soundly day and night. However, the average dog sleeps at night, snoozing after eating or walking hard. Of course, the duration and frequency of a dog’s sleep depends on many factors, such as character, age, health status. But there is still average data on how much dogs sleep per day and at what time.
As it turns out, sleep of dogs and humans is identical in structure, only the periods last differently. There are the following types of sleep
- Doze – the dog is relaxed, but conscious.
- Shallow sleep – the animal is absolutely relaxed, but hears the surrounding sounds.
- Deep – only at this stage does the pet’s muscles rest, it can move its lips or jerk its limbs.
- Fast – the animal is motionless, relaxed, only the eyes move. After this stage, the pet wakes up or goes into a phase of shallow sleep.
When and how dogs sleep
If we talk about wild relatives, then the flock sleeps at night. But one of the group is always awake, vigilantly observing the territory. His duties include detecting danger and waking up fellow tribesmen. This behavior is characteristic of almost all animals living in the community. By the way, in a group of animals, the leader most often sleeps, whom the rest of the members trust most.
As for pets, an adult dog should sleep in principle for about 15 hours (plus / minus an hour) per day. However, such an average indicator is not always suitable for an animal at a certain stage of life. It is worth considering the main factors affecting your dog’s sleep.
As babies, pets sleep a lot, they can fall asleep while playing and even eating. This is not surprising, since the daily sleep rate is 18-20 hours. After three months, pets become more active and sleep time is reduced, but by only a couple of hours.
Veterinarians warn that if a puppy paws, whimpers or squeals in sleep, this should not be alarming. Pets, as scientists have found, also dream and can react to what they see. But if a pet wanders without opening its eyes to the end, this is an alarming sign of a neurological disorder.
Older animals return to puppy mode again, but here everything is individual. Representatives of some breeds do not lose activity until 8-10 years. But more often an elderly pet tries to get a good night’s sleep and does not miss an opportunity to sleep after eating and walking. For this period, it is worth reducing the calorie content of food, since the dog’s metabolic processes slow down, and sleep becomes longer.
Sleep and stress
Like humans, dogs can eat and sleep a lot out of idleness. Hence the duration of sleep follows. A dog that sadly sits at home all day will be in a drowsy state almost all the time, and a pet that was taken for a long walk, and even with physical exertion, will not sleep so long, but its sleep will be deep.
It can be concluded that in order for the animal’s body to function correctly, it is necessary to give it feasible loads. In addition, hearing in dogs is very acute, and if the pet lies down to take a nap, and there is noise at home, then proper rest will not work. The dog will hear everything that happens. It is extremely important for representatives of some breeds to have their own corner where he could rest in silence.
A stressful situation can disturb the sleep of an animal. Noisy guests, any unpleasant incident on the street can deprive him of deep sleep for a while.
Read on for how to put your dog to sleep.
Dog day regimen
Naturally, a dog’s daily routine is directly dependent on the person. There are breeds that require constancy, they get used to eating, sleeping, walking at the same time, and any changes are very acute. This applies to hunting dogs, guard dogs, as well as animals with hyperactivity. They can stop sleeping properly if the owner has to leave, or even if he is late at work.
But companion dogs have a very stable psyche and can always adapt to the emerging needs of the owner. For them, the main thing, even with a delay, is to do what is necessary – to walk, eat and relax.
When purchasing a dog, attention should be paid to this aspect. Will it be possible to provide the pet with the necessary regime, or to give preference to a breed that can sleep when it is necessary?