⏰ How many hours does a dog sleep?
We could say, all of a sudden, that the average sleep time of dogs is between 12 and 14 hours a day , although they do not necessarily occur continuously.
Our dog does not sleep often, neither does yours. He takes every nap that more than one of us would like.
With this article from our blog today, we are going to help you rest better, so that you are happier and have more energy, that which ends with all of us.
There are races that are prone to sleep more than others, since they do not accumulate and expend energy in the same way. Similarly, age is a very determining factor in knowing how many hours a dog sleeps.
Indeed, there are some breeds that are lazier than others . The basset hound, the greyhound, the English bulldog or the Great Dane are some examples of breeds that need to sleep for more hours than the average of all dogs (being able to get up to 18 or 20 hours a day).
On the other hand, dogs also sleep for more or less long periods depending on their age. Lpuppies sleep a lot compared to the standard sleep time of adult dogs. The same thing happens with older dogs, only that they present more irregular patterns (they sleep for many hours, but more intermittently).
Both realities are explained from the point of view of energy expenditure
So, what happens if your dog sleeps a lot? Two situations can occur different: that your dog spends a lot of energy throughout the day (and needs a long time to recover it), or that your dog is not able to recover energy during his rest. This last case is typical of dogs whose sleep is not restful; they do not sleep for many hours continuously and do not usually reach deep phases easily.
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💤 Tips to improve its quality of rest
🏋️♂️ Do physical exercise regularly
It may seem obvious, but if a dog has not tired before, it will be difficult for him to rest afterwards. Do not forget that sleep is a restorative process and, if your dog has not spent enough energy, his own body will not demand that rest. Therefore, as long as your dog's health allows it, try to get him to do some physical exercise every day .
Your dog will not only benefit from a subsequent very restful, but you will be able to spend your accumulated energy with the consequent well-being caused by the release of endorphins . Something as trivial as taking him for a run or throwing a ball at him for a long time will make your dog take his bed with much more pleasure later.
🍏 Taking care of his diet
Dog feeding is a very determining factor for sleep, both in terms of quality and timing. It is not recommended to feed the dog just before bedtime , as the dog's digestive process will interfere with sleep.If you think about it, it makes all the sense in the world: it happens to people too!
The best thing you can do for your dog in this regard is to give him sufficient portions of food, but not excessive , so that you facilitate their digestion. Also avoid including heavy foods in their diet (milk, cheese, nuts, bone scraps), as they will slow down their digestion.
🦮 Reinforce their routines
Try to establish protocols so that your dog knows that it is time to go to sleep: the same hours, the same events, the same spaces...
🛌 Provide a suitable place for rest
Finally, your dog You won't sleep well if you don't feel comfortable on the surface you rest on , which should be padded and sized. If your dog perceives this place as pleasant, you can be sure that he will fall asleep more easily.
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Are you surprised how many hours a dog sleeps? As you have seen, each breed and each age range has its peculiarities and its own rest needs. With good routine habits of food and exercise and a comfortable bed, your dog will make much better use of his sleeping hours.