Why are dogs noted to be great sleepers

July 23, 2012 · Posted in Family 

People get dogs not only as pets but also for protection. However, the dog that is supposed to guard the family and the property may be sleeping soundly. Dogs are animals that eat well and sleep well. Dogs are very energetic but are you aware that these animals can sleep half the day away? Although known to sleep for more than 13 to 14 hours a day, the sleeping pattern would vary from breed to breed.

Why do dogs have long sleeping hours? The sleeping habit of a dog is influenced by a number of factors. The amount of time spent sleeping would be influenced by the age, the personality as well as the activities of the dog. Old dogs would not be as energetic as young ones thus instead or romping and running, the older dog will be seen curled up in the corner – sleeping. Dogs are noted to be great sleepers thus a working dog, just like any other would also love to sleep but because of the work that must be done, the dog would have to stay awake. However, dogs have the ability to be asleep in an instant so that after the work is done, the rescue or the herding dog will be seen on its way to dreamland.

Dogs may appear to be sleeping all the time but they also wake up more often. Dogs too experience the rapid eye movement and slow wave stages of sleep but unlike human sleep that is generally uninterrupted, dog’s sleep would be constantly interrupted. A sleeping dog will be easily awakened by any unusual sound, movement and scent given the fact that these animals have very sensitive senses.

For lack of anything better to do, idle people would sleep. Dog owners that leave the pet at home all day without leaving a toy can either have pet that loves to sleep or a destructive pet that chews furniture and digs tunnels in the garden. Naturally, dog owners would choose to have a dog that sleeps all day rather than have a one-dog demolition team.

The dog’s sleeping habit would have a bearing on its sleeping area. Dogs kenneled outdoors would have to endure discomfort associated with the change in the weather thus these pets may not be able to have long sleeping times. Pampered dogs on the other hand, are not only allowed to live outside the house. If not allowed to sleep with the master, the dog will have comfortable beds. The comfortable bed will entice the dog to sleep.

Why do dogs sleep so much? This and questions about first aid for dogs are answered at Sarah’s Dogs.

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