On average, an adult dog sleeps 12-14 hours a day. The lucky ones of us whose dogs go to sleep at the same time as them and get up with them are lucky. But this is not always the case, because among dogs – just like among people – there are early birds that do not allow them to sleep anymore. There are rather no owl dogs that would party at night. Well, unless the watchmen, it was only released in the evening in the garden after a whole day of napping in the playpen. But sometimes we have to wake up our pets for the last evening walk. But there is a group of quadrupeds that sleep early in the evening, and when we lie down, they put us in bed and demand caresses …
When the dog is sleeping …
He must not disturb! Taken suddenly from a deep sleep he can react nervously, just as he would not do in a different situation – even bite! Therefore, never touch a sleeping pet. If we need to wake him up, e.g. for a walk before leaving for work, let’s do it using only his voice. However, let us not call him loudly, but rather speak to him gently, so that the awakening is not violent.
1. Why does the dog want to go to bed?
Because he is a herd animal, he likes to hug another living being, feel its warmth. I feel safer then.
2. Why is the dog not sleeping in the lair?
Sometimes, however, a pet does not want to sleep on his bed even on the day when we are not in bed. Why? Maybe the lair is too small. Or sewn from artificial material that electrifies or smells strange. Or it lies in a place where every now and then someone passes or is a draft. Or somewhere out of the way, where you can’t see what’s happening at home. Let’s try to move the bed to another place or replace it with a blanket or an old pillow.
3. Why does the dog sleep on its side?
Sometimes the dog sleeps in the lair, but suddenly comes out of it and lies on the floor, on its side. This is because only in this position can it enter the phase of sleep in which it dreams. So he does it instinctively, especially when the bed is tight.
4. Why doesn’t the dog want to sleep?
Dogs usually put their ear to the bed and sleep like a dormouse. What if your pet wanders after a night? Maybe he can hear something that our ears can’t catch in silence. Maybe something hurts him or he got diarrhea and needs an extra walk – it’s worth going out with him quickly, even in pajamas, really! Or maybe he is hungry, because we feed him with the old method, once a day, in the morning (now it is recommended to divide the daily portion of food into two meals). Or he was awakened by a walk just before bedtime.
Let’s try to feed your pet in the afternoon and go out with him in the evening at least half an hour before going to bed. If he often has diarrhea, let’s switch him to sensitive dog food (with the word „sensitive”).
5. Why does the dog sleep during the day?
Only he would eat and sleep – sometimes we talk about our dog. What should he do? Do we offer him something cool? Do we devote time to it, apart from going for a walk? Are we playing with him Are we training him? Do we give teethers that will take a long time?
Dogs need more sleep than we do, especially puppies and seniors, so they have to sleep during the day. But often even adult, healthy dogs slumber almost all day – simply out of boredom. If our pet behaves like this, it may be a sign that we spend too little time on him.
6. Does the dog sleep when we are gone?
He often spends this time this way. But not always. Dogs sometimes endure loneliness and suffer from so-called separation anxiety – they are afraid to stay alone. They often do stupid things out of this fear, e.g. they destroy home appliances or lick their paws down to the blood. How can you help such a pet? You can buy pheromones and put them in contact – these are substances that have a calming effect. Or provide a pet company: a second animal or … a visit from a neighbor who takes him for a walk. If this does not help, you should consult a behaviorist.