How many ZZZs do our dogs really need?

By Brian Morgan of Dog Bed Zone 

Have you ever wondered how much sleep pups need each day?

It turns out even the faithful watchmen of the nocturnal hours need to sleep at some point. However, unlike humans, who tend to follow a regular sleep regimen, dogs don’t have a specific timetable for rest. Their short naps during the whole day may collectively amount up to around 12-14 hours in total, much more than we spend sleeping. Puppies spend even more time napping, an average of 18 hours a day. How much sleep your dog needs is based on a variety of factors.

Every pet is different

Or more specifically, each breed is different and thus, requires a different amount of rest per day. Other factors such as the sex and size of the pet also play an important role in deciding its naptime regularities. Fun fact: larger sized dogs sleep more so some of the laziest dog breeds are also the largest ones among the species such as the Great Danes (a full sized one weighs up to 200 pounds).

Dogs can get stressed out too

Dogs are very human that way; they are susceptible to changes in the household, sometimes even the arrival of a new pet could instill jealousy in a dog, leading to stress and thus, a lack of sleep. In such cases, the best way to deal with such lack of enthusiasm is by spending more time with your dog. A dog is a man’s best friend and as a best friend, you have a responsibility towards your beloved pet too. You may also consider enriching your dog’s social life. Take them to parks for exercising and meeting other breeds for play-dates so that they can get tired more easily and settle into slumber.

The more they age, the more they snooze

The older a dog gets, the less likely it is to take longer naps in shorter time gaps. As aforementioned, a newborn tends to sleep an average of 18 hours or more a day, slowly switching to 14 hours a day as it matures. As it gets older, it starts to lessen even more. Most transition into this phase quietly suffering from weaker bladders that wake them from a deep slumber. However, if your aged dog is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, you may find them confused about their whereabouts, leading to small fits. If diagnosed early, the symptoms may be ameliorated but it is, after all, a natural cycle of life and death. As your dog gets older, it will sleep less and less.

A good dog bed can make all the difference

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and so do their beds. When it comes to choosing the best dog bed for your pet, you need to keep in consideration its needs before any other factor such as expenses. A dog bed is an extremely important possession to buy for your pet; it provides a sense of home and security, a familiar place to snuggle into after a long tiring day. Think about it: when it comes to us, our bed is also a form of sanctuary for us that we wouldn’t want to give up. Well, it’s the same for dogs. When it is more comfortable in its sleeping place, it is likely to have a more restful nap. If your dog is suffering from a particular disease such as arthritis, there are special types of beds for these cases.

Although there are certain variables that determine the exact amount of sleep a dog requires per day, it is safe to conclude that like humans, they too are in need of care and attention to make sure that they not only have a good quantity of sleep but that it is of good quality too.

Editor's Note: Writer Brian Morgan writes helpful guides and articles for Dog Bed Zone a site dedicated to helping you better understand your dogs. He spends his free time hiking the California coast with his two dogs.

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