The importance of sleep in dogs

According to various studies conducted by the American Sleep Foundation, a puppy sleeps 90%of his time against 65 % for a adult dog.

Here is some information to help you understand the importance of sleep in dogs.

A dog who sleeps all the time, is this normal?

The dog sleep time is determined by its age, his way of life and his health.

Normal duration of sleep in dogs:

  • Just like babies, the puppies need to sleep 18 hours at 20 hours per day. These long phases of sleep help them to develop, to eat properly and to assimilate all learning (cleanliness, obedience, etc.).
  • The adult dog sleeps on average 15 hours a day. This sleep is restorative. It allows the body to recover and the brain to analyze all the events of the day. The dog thus develops fewer behavioral, cognitive or health problems.

The dog will sleep more in strong heat or large cold, because its metabolism will be more involved.

  • At the senior dog, sleep occupies the whole day. Yet it is often of poor quality. Over the years, the dog loses track of time and part of its senses (deficient neurotransmitters). A hormonal supplement can restore the quality of sleep. Talk to your vet.

Did you know ?

Sleep deprived dog shows signs of stress very quickly. He sticks out his tongue, drools, no longer feeds and goes through repetitive movements.

This is the case with some dogs placed in kennels where the barking is constant and the comings and goings incessant.

The sleep cycle in dogs

To have quality sleep, different phases of sleep punctuate the day of our doggies.

Slow and deep sleep:

  • This phase of sleep helps the dog's body to recover from its multiple activities.

  • Positioned in a ball, he is still ready to pounce, his muscle tone is intact
  • The dog dozes.
  • His brain activity slows down.
  • The dog becomes difficult to wake up.
  • Slowly, he falls deeply asleep.

REM sleep:

  • This phase of sleep is when the brain's activity is most intense.
  • The dog relives all the information of the day through his dream.
  • You can hear him moan, bark and see him moving his limbs.
  • Her body is inert and relaxed, positioned on the side, without muscle tone.It is a defense mechanism that prevents the dog from being able to stand up and actually live his dreams.

Optimize your dog's sleep

For your dog's sleep to be restorative, he must sleep in a calm and comfortable place, far from all stress. A dog that sleeps well is a happy dog!

Adapt your bed:

  • To avoid friction wedges and ensure maximum comfort for your dog, offer him a bed that is sized and padded. Add a blanket under which your dog will hide to feel safe during their REM sleep phases.

Place your bed correctly:

  • Your dog should be able to rest in a quiet place. Place the bed away from places of passage, away from drafts and from too much heat or light.

Stimulate your dog:

  • The more your dog is stimulated by play and walks, the better his sleep will be.

Warning ! A dog should not be disturbed while sleeping. Remind your children.

Smart advice

In case of'hypersomnia or frominsomnia,consult your veterinarian. Your dog may suffer from depression, hyperactivity, age-related pain, heart problems or digestive concerns (deficiencies, stomach aches, poor digestion, etc.).


Women sleep better with their dog than with their partner! The presence of the dog gives them a feeling of calm and security (like a blanket). *

* Based on a study conducted by Christy L. Hoffman, Kaylee Stutz and Terrie Vasilopoulos of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.


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