in dogs, Many diseases and age-related problems can come with a change in sleeping patterns. Stress and separation anxiety can also manifest in extra daytime snoozing. In most cases, a dog that sleeps for 12 or more hours per day is no cause for concern.
There is nothing more amazing than a soft, warm, refreshing puppy. It is definitely comfortable to see your older dog dance away after a long walk. Dogs sleep about 50 to 60 percent of any given day. This is 12 to 14 hours a day – much more than most people sleep.
Dog sleep patterns differ from our sleep patterns as well. The dog may sleep more at night because you sleep, but it also sleeps at random times throughout the day. The American Kennel Club says that dogs spend about 50 percent of their day sleeping, 30 percent awake but lying down, and 20 percent active.
How much is too much?
Determining if your dog sleeps a lot is a little complicated. This is because many factors play their role. Age, size, and breed have an effect on how much the dog sleeps. Also, older dogs and puppies tend to sleep more.
Older dogs sleep because they tire more easily. Just going back and forth between the backyard and the feeding bowl can burn a lot of their limited energy. Puppies grow more because they exhaust themselves while exploring and playing while they are awake.
Larger strains tend to sleep more than small ones. But there are exceptions. In the small and sleeping list, you’ll find Shih Tzus and Bulldogs in French.
Reasons for excessive sleep
After thinking about the dog’s age, size, and breed, if you still think he sleeps a lot, ask yourself these questions: Have there been any major changes in his life? Could there be an underlying health problem?
Major changes like losing a friend or moving to a new home can be very stressful for your dog. He may even become depressed. Usually time and a lot of TLC does this. But if your dog doesn’t seem to be recovering from loss or change, consider talking to your vet about an antidepressant.
Many antidepressants in humans can also be effective for dogs. Veterinarians often prescribe antidepressants for dogs to treat anxiety problems such as chasing a tail and licking non-stop. But it can also help relieve depression.
Excessive sleep and lethargy may be caused by an underlying health problem. For example, diabetes and hypothyroidism can drain the dog’s energy. The dog in pain will withdraw and may spend a lot of time in his bed. There is one sure way to know if sleep is a symptom of a health problem. Take the dog to the vet.
Know your dog’s sleeping habits
If you are not sure if your dog sleeps a lot, try to find out his sleep pattern. If you know how often and when you usually sleep, you will know when to change. Unless you work from home, you might need to seek technical help to find out.
Going home on the weekend is a change in your routine that also changes your dog’s routine. So keeping track of her sleep on Saturday and Sunday is not a good measure of what happens on the other five days of the week. Consider purchasing a video camera to track dog activity (and lack thereof). Pet cameras are available at a wide range of prices.
Some pet cameras only record. Others give you a live feed that you can benefit all day. Some settings allow you to talk to your dog and dispense with candy. One has the advantage of aromatherapy so you can release a soothing scent. If you work at night, you can get one with night vision.
One last word: diet.
Dogs do not require carbohydrates. Protein and fat are all that a dog needs. However, moderate amounts of complex carbohydrates will not harm your dog. Nutrients and fibers can help feed the dog and keep things moving.
However, if you feed your sleeping dog a very high carbohydrate diet, this may be the culprit. A diet high in carbohydrates can make your dog pass through high blood sugar and then go out. This can lead to ups and downs of energy as well as mood swings.
Why do dogs lick you?
Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner’s salty skin and out of habit. Mostly, with domestic dogs, it’s a sign of affection. Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure — like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails — it relieves stress.