The Sleep Dogs Need

Ever been dog-tired? If so, you must have been pretty pooped. Dogs require on average six to eight more hours of sleep than we do. In addition to sleeping core hours through the night, they also nap on and off during the day.
Dogs sleep more than people, but they do experience it in a similar way. Dogs achieve lighter sleep known as slow-wave sleep, in addition to REM sleep, while cats only experience the former. The REM or rapid eye movement phase of sleep is much deeper than slow-wave, the kind that both dogs and cats can easily be roused from.
Though dogs can be highly active, they are only as wakeful as they are stimulated. Dogs are fairly receptive to new activities and situations. They often have a high capacity for training, as exhibited in the use of some breeds as service, rescue, or police dogs, and many are great in high volume households with children. In the absence of these, dogs do get stuck in the same routines, and even may become bored barring adequate stimulation.
Getting your dog to sleep through the night isn’t solely reliant on exercise, however. Experts suggest that designating a set spot for your dog to bed down in is just as important as playtime and walking.
There are several options for both the location for your dog’s sleeping quarters as well as the bed itself. Some owners have their dog sleep with them, but many prefer their dog to sleep on its own bed either in the same room or in another room in the house. For new puppies, it may be a good idea to crate your pet during the nighttime hours in order to both get the dog used to resting quietly through the night as well as preventing any accidents from occurring during a training period.
Many dog owners do keep their dog’s sleeping areas either in an entryway to the house, such as the garage, mud room, or sunroom, while more owners still opt to keep their dog outside of the house altogether. In the latter instance, it’s important to be sure your pet has adequate shelter from the elements during both summer and winter.  I want to interject here and say that Coddled Critters Pet Services does not recommend or condone dogs staying outside either overnight or in the daytime.
Dog beds are important wherever your pet is sleeping. Whether it’s a bed purchased from the pet store or a set of blankets, your dog needs a comfortable spot to relax in.
Be cognizant of your pet’s reception to any sleeping arrangement. Some dogs and cats do have allergies to different materials,so if your dog seems to be scratching his face more than usual in the morning or sneezing when he lies in bed, he may be allergic. Check your pet for pinkish bumps around the eyes and snout for evidence of irritation. Many dog beds come in a variety of cloth upholstery, from canvas to corduroy to sheepskin, so if any texture or cloth appears to aggravate your dog, don’t be hesitant in finding a replacement.


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