When your dog is sleeping: some facts and useful tips

When your dog is sleeping: some facts and useful tips
As we do, dogs need a good amount of rest for high vitality and well-being. However, how long does a dog sleep? How to ensure them a revitalising rest? Let’s find out together.

To stay healthy, our four-legged friends need a lot of love, playtime, an excellent nutrition and really good sleep!
Just like us, in fact, sleeping is essential also for dogs, and it affects both their good mood and well-being. They need it to regain energies, eliminate stress and tiredeness and to help their immune system work properly. Below are some facts and tips, which can help our pets to have peaceful, revitalising naps.

How much do dogs sleep?

How many hours does a dog sleep? Are there any differences between their and our sleep? Are they really sleeping if they lie on our feet with their eyes half-closed? There are a lot of facts about this topic.
Answering the first question: breed, age and size can really influence dog’s sleeping hours. An adult dog needs about 14 hours of sleep each day, a senior one 18, whereas a puppy can even need 20 hours.
Anyway, you should distinguish two different ways of “resting” for your four-legged friends: real sleep and relaxation. This last one simply means no activities for your dog: they can be lying or sitting with their eyes open or closed. On the other hand, real sleep is quite similar to the human’s one.
However, there is something in common with our pet’s sleep: it’s the REM phase. The only difference is its duration, which is way shorter than ours. Why? Because their rest is characterised by different naps and revitalising moments of relax, all spread throughout the day.

Tip 1: Let them rest in a protected, sheltered space

For a correct energy recovery and a balanced growth, you better respect your dog’s sleeping needs, making sure their sleep is as peaceful as possible. First of all, you should prepare a “perfect” sleeping place for your pet. What does it mean? You just need to shelter it from air streams, and it shouldn’t be neither too cold, nor too warm. Moreover, it shouldn’t be located where people come and go, like near a doorstep or a corridor.

Tip 2: Respect their preferences

You should also pay attention to lightning for your dog’s good rest. So, you should observe and know their habits: from the very first day, in fact, you can notice if your four-legged friend opts for a shaded or a very bright space. It’s the same for the specific surface: some dogs love to sleep on a soft blanket, while others prefer the bare floor. So, respecting their preference is the right thing to do and a true loving gesture.

Tip 3: Let sleeping dogs lie

We often forget how much truth there is in this proverb: as a sudden awakening may have negative effects on your well-being, the same happens to your four-legged friends. So, you should remember not to disturb a sleeping dog. Children should learn this important rule too, who often can’t wait to cuddle their playmate, even while they are sleeping like a log.

Tip 4: A good nutrition? It means better sleep for your dog!

Preparing the ground is another good thing for your dog’s sleep: it means your pet should follow a healthy, daily nutrition.
A combination of quality, carefully selected, dry and wet foods guarantees a balanced diet.
From Lifestage Dry Food to One Protein Paté, Oasy offers a large selection of products, prepared with lots of meat and selected natural ingredients. If your pet loves sleeping and isn’t much active, the best choice you can make is Adult Light in Fat Chicken, specifically formulated for less active dogs with tendency to be overweight.
We recommend you to feed them 3 or 4 hours before sleeping. In fact, if you feed them just before bed time, the energy level would be too high and the digestion quite difficult.

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