When you think about puppies you often picture hyper bouncing little balls of fur and energy. However, a lot of new puppy owners are surprised to find that their puppies also spend a lot of time snoozing. It leaves some owners troubled and worrying about why does their puppy love to sleep so much?
The simple answer is that they are growing and that can be exhausting. Growing up is hard work and that is why your puppy can sleep up to 15-20 hours a day! To them, there is never a bad time for them to take a nap. Your puppy can be fiercely fighting the chew toy one minute and then next thing you know they are nodding off on top of it.
All of this sleep helps your puppy grow and develop.
Not only does sleep give them a chance to rest up from a world full of exciting stimulating interactions, it also helps them develop. While your puppy slumbers their immune system, brain, central nervous system, and muscles are all developing.
However, sometimes their naps during the day can lead to problems sleeping at night. Puppies get excited about everything in their new environment. That means that they have a hard time listening to their internal clock that tells them when it’s time to take a break. That’s when training them in a good sleep and daily routine comes in handy.
How to help your puppy get into a good sleep routine:
- Follow a schedule: Dogs love a good routine. They like to be able to predict what is going to happen in their everyday lives. That’s why it’s important to set up and follow a schedule even when they are puppies. Schedule bathroom trips right after they wake up and right after they eat. Then allocate about 30-60 minutes of playtime or walks then they’ll probably be ready for a nap.
- Show your puppy where to sleep: Sometimes your puppy will play so hard they drop right where they are and take a nap. If this happens, leave them to sleep undisturbed. However, if you can see the signs or know that play time is almost over then show your pet where to sleep. Let them take one toy to chew and cuddle with and lead them to their bed or crate. This will help them realize it is time to sleep and get some much needed rest.
- Establish a bedtime routine: Having a set bedtime routine will let them know that it’s almost time for bed and not just a nap. Then they will know it’s the time where the whole house sleeps for the night. Keep in mind that most puppies can’t make it through the whole night until they are about 16 weeks old, it is still important for them to learn the routine. So after they eat dinner and play, take them out for one last potty, let them walk around with you as you lock up and pick up, then lead them to their bed or crate for the night.
Having a puppy changes your life and can seem like a lot of work, but it is well worth it. They reward you with love and kisses and will grow into a well adjusted dogs that become your best friend.