As with all living things, sleep plays a big role in your dog’s life. Essential to proper development, it’s important to pay attention to your four-legged friend’s sleep habits so that he can recover to the fullest, especially during growth spurts.
Home Sweet Home
Your dog’s rest spot has a lot of importance. It can even have social implications. You should absolutely give him limits. Your bed isn’t his bed, for example. The ideal solution is to give him a spot that can be his very own “home sweet home.” This space should be safe and cozy: your dog should consider it his refuge in case of stress or fear, but mostly as a serene, relaxing place.
Sleep and dream
It’s important to keep an eye on your dog’s sleep. Like humans, getting good quality sleep keeps him healthy. A dog sleeps around 15 hours per day, but that depends on how intense his physical activity is, his age, and his health. For example, a puppy will sleep longer than an adult dog will. 20 hours or so, similar to an infant.
And like a human, dogs can also dream. You’ve certainly seen his paws stirring, his body moving, or even him whimpering. This is a sign that your dog is dreaming. Be careful not to wake him up during these phases of deep sleep, as they are necessary and a reaction to an abrupt wake up can lead to an unexpected and dangerous reaction.
Sleep quality as a sign
Although they often go unnoticed, a dog’s sleep problems can be a good indicator of behavioral balance (or imbalance).
A dog who often wakes up in the night and who walks around or eats may be anxious. A dog who sleeps less than the average amount could be hyperactive. Abrupt wake ups within the first half hour could be a sign of depression. So, while he’s got his eyes shut, be sure to keep yours open!