Puppies, like human newborns, need far more sleep than adult dogs. Puppies that are less than two weeks old sleep around 90% of the time. Out of a 24-hour period, that’s almost 22 hours. During a puppy examination, I have had more than one young dog fall asleep on the exam table.
Puppies sleep less as they get older. In a 24-hour period, the typical 4-month-old puppy sleeps a little over 11 hours, whereas the average adult sleeps 10-11 hours. While the overall quantity of sleep for older pups and adults seems to be similar, remember that naps make up a larger part of a puppy’s sleep routine. Adult dogs sleep more at night and take shorter naps during the day, but pups nap more often and for longer durations during the day and sleep less at night.
When and how much do puppies sleep?
In pups less than 2 weeks of age, naps are almost continuous, whereas in older puppies, naps are spaced out throughout many naps throughout the day (i.e. those around 4 months of age). Adult dogs, depending on their age and activity level, may slumber for up to 3 hours throughout the day. The hard effort of developing, acquiring new abilities, and adjusting to the life of a well-cared-for and loved family dog is likely to induce more frequent sleep periods in pups. The more stimulus and excitement a puppy receives, the more sleep he may need. After playing, eating, or interacting with other people and animals, it’s fairly unusual for a puppy to fall asleep.
What can I do to encourage my dog to sleep through the night?
When attempting to get your dog to sleep through the night, keep in mind that his potty habits have a huge role in how frequently he wakes up. Most pups can sleep through the night without needing to go to the potty by the age of 4-5 months. Puppies may feel compelled to go out more than once a night till that time comes. Consider the following suggestions to help you sleep as much as possible at night:
- Create a relaxing, sleep-friendly atmosphere. A cage or resting space in a peaceful section of the home is ideal for sleeping since it eliminates distractions that may prevent your dog from sleeping comfortably. White noise or soothing music may also be beneficial.
- Provide a chew toy that is safe for puppies and bedding that is not readily damaged. A warm water bottle wrapped in a towel may be used to simulate cuddling with littermates in very early pups.
- To promote sleeping at night, make sure the puppy has enough of movement and excitement during the day. Playing with toys, imparting basic instructions, and exposing him to new things are all examples of this. Be mindful that excessive activity might be hazardous; small pups are not yet ready for the sorts of exercise that an adult can perform. Furthermore, do not stop your dog from resting throughout the day; regular relaxation is necessary for him to develop and adapt to his surroundings. Allow him to sleep if he is weary, but encourage him to play and learn while he is up.
- Make sure your puppy is eating healthily by providing a high-quality dog food. Many novice puppy owners are unsure how frequently their pups should be fed. Puppies need to feed 3-4 times a day till they are 3 months old. They only need 2-3 meals each day at the age of 3-6 months.
- Encourage good behaviors rather than negative. Giving in to too much snuggling, speaking, and playing if your puppy gets up often at night may teach your dog that waking up frequently is pleasant. If your dog won’t sleep, try to limit your interactions. Take him outdoors if he has to go pee, let him do his “business,” and promptly return him to bed. If you check on him too often, he can take it as a chance to play.
- Create a timetable or routine. Consistency in the environment aids the development of pups’ internal schedules and makes them more at ease in their surroundings.
Establish a Routine for Your Puppy
Although puppies thrive on routine, bear in mind that they will not adhere to it on a daily basis. The most popular and easiest-to-follow schedule is Sleep – Eat – Play, with frequent bathroom or toilet breaks in between:
- Wake up after a nap or an evening slumber.
- Toilet break
- Consume a meal or snack
- 20-30 minutes after eating, another toilet break
- Encourage play for at least 30 minutes, however larger pups may be able to play for an hour or more.
- While you can’t force a puppy to sleep, you may place him in his kennel or a peaceful setting to promote relaxation; puppy can nap for as little as 20 minutes or as long as 2 hours; just let him to rest and wake up when he’s ready.
- Sleep (evening bedtime) – If your dog isn’t sleeping through the night yet, try not to play or feed him in between restroom breaks to encourage him to do so.
Sleeping Patterns Differ
Sleeping habits in dogs, particularly those younger than 12 months, vary greatly. Few veterinary investigations on dog sleeping patterns have been conducted to properly understand why this happens. While doctors have a basic idea of usual sleep periods (based on pet owner comments), each dog’s sleep pattern is unique and may fluctuate from day to day.
Changes in sleep patterns and the quantity of sleep a dog or puppy receives when awake determine how comfortable they are in their surroundings and daily activities, according to veterinary specialists. To put it another way, if dogs/puppies don’t get enough sleep, they may struggle to adjust to their circumstances, negatively impacting their ability to learn and develop.
Puppies’ Odd (and Often Adorable) Sleeping Habits
Position for sleeping – The majority of dogs like to sleep sprawled out on their sides or curled up; but, a considerable proportion of dogs also prefer resting on their backs (i.e. with their legs spread out or curled up on their bellies) or with their heads propped up, according to studies on sleep patterns (e.g. on a pillow).
Dreaming – Dogs and humans both experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Dreaming happens during the REM period of sleep. REM sleep in dogs appears as twitching or running in place. Seizures might resemble really strong activity! In these dreams, what type of rabbits is Fluffy chasing?
Snoring – Yep. Some canines snore. The pug, bulldog breeds, Clumber spaniel, Labrador retriever, English cocker spaniel, border collie, and Cavalier King Charles spaniel are the most regularly reported breeds that snore while sleeping. Snoring is usually not a significant problem. Fortunately, sleep apnea is not particularly prevalent in dogs.
How long can a Four month old dog sleep?
What much of sleep does a puppy require? A puppy requires around 6-10 hours of sleep each night and approximately 20 hours per day (up to 3 months of age). This varies based on the age and breed of your puppy, but they do need to sleep as their brains and bodies grow.
When should puppy be put to bed?
Bedtime: Having a scheduled bedtime helps with his transition and house training. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 8 p.m. or midnight; the important thing is that it becomes a habit. Take him to his box and assist him in getting comfortable for the night.
What makes my pet get up at 5 a.m.?
It might be a urinary tract infection, a digestive issue, or anything else irritating the puppy enough to cause him to wake up. Check with your veterinarian to be sure it’s not a medical ailment causing the early awakening.
How much sleep does a four-month-old baby require?
A period of 12 to 15 hours. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that babies (4-11 months) receive between 12 and 15 hours of sleep every day. The AASM and AAP criteria, which require 12-16 total hours, are quite similar to the NSF guidelines. During the day, newborns typically sleep for 3-4 hours.