Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?
We just rescued a 12-week old pup from the local shelter. We think he is a Lab/Pit/Boxer mix or at least that’s what they told us. He is so cute and we have lots of fun with him. We’re planning on taking him to puppy classes soon. The only thing that bothers me is that he sleeps all the time. Our other dog, a 5-year old Golden Retriever sleeps about half as much as this puppy. Is there something wrong or is this normal?
Congrats on your new addition and kudos for adopting a dog from the shelter! Puppies naturally sleep more than adult dogs, just as babies do. Seniors too – as Jack and Maggie age (both 11 this year) they are starting to sleep more and more. Maggie sleeps more than Jack because Jack has to monitor household activities, which Maggie doesn’t really worry about. But they sleep a good 15-18 hours per day.
Most dogs get somewhere in the neighborhood of 12-18 hours of sleep each day. They do not have a regular sleep pattern like humans – staying awake for 16-18 hours and then sleeping for 6-8 hours, instead dogs take many short naps throughout the day. Most of their sleeping time is spent in slow wave sleep which allows them to be more alert and to wake much more quickly. They also have deeper, REM sleep like humans do, but much less, only about 8-12% vs 20-25% in humans.
Active adults dogs, such as service dogs or working dogs that are awake and working all day, will catch short cat naps whenever they can. I think we all know that dogs can fall asleep most anywhere in a matter of seconds sometimes.
If your pup is active and behaving normally when they are awake, then you shouldn’t worry. Sleep signs to worry about would be:
- Having difficulty waking up & being lethargic: this may be a sign of a physical ailment and your pet should be examined by a vet.
- Being restless and not able to sleep: this is likely due to your pet sleeping too much and not getting enough mental or physical activity during the day.
Good luck with your pup!
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