There are many things that can disrupt your dog’s sleep. This might sound surprising given the fact that dogs sleep up to 14 hours per day but dogs can also have trouble sleeping during the night.
Dogs that are prone to having such problems are puppies, senior dogs, and overweight dogs.
For puppies the problem may lie with the fact that they have been recently separated from their mother and littermates and are adjusting to sleeping alone. This will take a little time and patience whilst your new pup settles in and gets used to their new routine, home and family.
In Senior dogs the problem may be discomfort due to aching bones or joints, see ProJoint For Dogs to help maintain healthy joint function. Getting a good quality comfortable pet bed can alleviate the discomfort and giving your dog supplements designed for senior dogs such as glucosamine or joint aids could also be beneficial.
Overweight dogs are prone to a condition called sleep apnea which can make it difficult for them to breathe whilst asleep and can cause them to wake up frequently.
Below are some things that could help ensure a good night’s sleep for you and your pet.
Keep your dog active.
Dogs are animals that need to be active! An unexercised dog is unlikely to sleep well.
How much exercise your dog needs is dependent on factors such as breed, size and age.
It is important that your dog is walked regularly throughout the day to ensure their physical and mental needs are being met.
Keep your dog stimulated at home with toys, interactive games and some human interaction.
Not only will your dog fall asleep easily at the end of the day, but it will also make your dog happier and healthier.
Let your dog choose their sleeping spot
When getting a dog, whether it’s a puppy or an adult, it is important that they get familiar with their new surroundings. It can take dogs a couple of weeks to completely settle in and this includes finding the perfect sleeping spot
This doesn’t mean that you should let your dog sleep anywhere, but you can let them choose their own spot where they feel safe and secure. If the location suits you then no harm done, if not gently teach your dog to go and sleep in a spot more convenient to you by placing their bed in the preferred location.
Do not carry or force your dog to stay in your chosen spot, this is likely to have the reverse effect and may stress your new pet. Instead encourage your dog by sitting close to the bed and using praise and the odd treat as a reward. They will soon accept their new sleep spot.
Keep you dog well fed.
Have you ever woken up during the night with an empty stomach and snuck down to the fridge for a midnight snack? This can also happen to your dog if he goes to bed on an empty stomach.
This is why planning your dogs meal times is key to a good night’s sleep.
Regular toilet breaks.
Your dog needing the toilet in the night is one of the most common sleep disturbances pet owners face.
- Planning your dog ‘s toilet breaks is crucial to a relaxing night’s sleep.
- Always give your dog the opportunity to relieve itself before you head to bed.
- This will ensure that he or she is comfortable and can relax into a good night’s sleep.
I hope these simple tips shared today will help ensure a good night’s sleep for all.
If anyone has any secret hints or useful tips please comment below and help out your fellow pet parents.
The Doggie Solutions Team.