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October 11, 2017 3 min read

Nap time and quiet time for your dog

Dogs need a lot more sleep than humans, and napping is a typical way they balance their sleeping hours. It is not uncommon for adult dogs to sleep 14 hours a day. Puppies often sleep about 18 hours every day, although sometimes all this sleep occurs in a lot of small sessions rather than some larger ones.

Some of the signs that a dog needs a nap are obvious- yawning, lying down, struggling to keep their eyes open, but other signs can be more confusing. Sometimes the puppy is all wound up and acting crazy and it seems that what they need are activity and stimulation. In fact, what they really need is a nap. Although not intuitive, those bursts of lobby behavior can be a sign of fatigue. Many puppies become extremely mouthy when they are tired, and although this looks like a puppy with extra energy, it is often a puppy in desperate need of rest.

Many dogs nap on and off during the day, seems to enjoy a bit of rest. Other dogs may have a snooze repeat session, plus a night that lasts for hours and repeats at around the same time every day. Many dogs nap inside and outside for a large part of the day if left alone, but it is difficult to have dogs napping no matter what is going on at home. After naptime, the dogs are usually ready to play and general in a better state of mind to make a successful late play.

To help maintain your dog’s good health, it is best to implement a nap time and quiet time. This can help ensure your dogs would not be over stimulated. Some dogs can be busy for up to 12 hours a day. We can understand some are more active than others, but no matter how much energy they may have, napping is essential. While most dogs know when they have to rest, it is best to create a quiet time for your dog without getting disturbed by anyone or loud noises. We have found that dogs appreciate this quiet time. Most dogs do sleep the entire naptime.

Since dogs are very social and active creatures, being alone can be very stressful for them at times. Fortunately, you can teach your puppy to enjoy its quiet time, or at least tolerate it. If he does not understand how to do this, you may end up with a dog that acts out through excessive barking, digging, chewing or developing a very severe case of separation anxiety.

Teach your puppy that "quiet time" is a good thing by showing him how to settle down. Every so often, you can interrupt the dog playtime with a short, quiet break. Tell your dog, "settle down," and ask him to lie still for a few seconds. Then reward him with treats and love and resume the playing. At first, these intervals should be very short - only a few seconds in length. When he is able to settle successfully for these short periods, slowly build up to longer segments.

At first, keep the nap time and quiet time short (30 minutes max) so it won’t be stressful to him. Make the experience pleasant by leaving him with two or three chewed plush toys. Before the puppy goes to its cage for the quiet time, ensure all its needs are met- that he’s emptied his bladder and intestines and had water and some toys. If he cries, at least you will know that he’s not thirsty, uncomfortable, or unattended.


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