At this moment, it is Nap Time for Ego and I’ve noticed he is suddenly having one of his adorable running in the field dreams. Did you know a dog needs REM sleep as much as their human companions do? The difference is humans often spend 25% of the night in REM and often stay awake all day. Dogs only spend about 10% of the time they sleep in REM, which means they need a few extra hours to clock in enough restorative sleep.
Puppies and older dogs might spend 14 hours plus napping during a 24 hour period while dogs between the age of 2-8 might spend 12 hours a day (accumulatively). (Statistics gathered from Sleep.Org)
Although dogs sleep a bit more than humans there are similarities to know and plan for.
Nap Time for Ego Guidelines
- Give your dog a place to rest without traffic or disturbances.
- Keep the sleeping area draft free and a comfortable temperature (see this guide about temperature settings).
- Make sure toys and loose bedding are kept to a minimum (see this guide about toys).
- Do not feed or water your dog in the bedding area.
- When your dog will be unsupervised consider a safe ‘area’ or kennel to ensure her comfort while you are away. This will reduce opportunities for complications giving your dog a safe experience.
- Take him outside and provide opportunities to play and potty regularly (See guide about playtime).
Do you have tips or questions about napping dogs?
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