Do you know that for a dog the break isn't just sleeping? it's also being relaxed with nothing to do.
Overall an adult dog usually sleeps about 13 hours a day. Dogs sleep more hours a day than people do, but wake up more often. They usually stay in deep sleep a little while and so they wake up with small noises.
Puppies usually sleep 90 % of the time.
And on many occasions in fact, it's very common to wake them up to keep us company or to tell them something or because they're dreaming, etc.
And this is a common mistake. Your dog's health is at stake, the break is very important.
But to achieve this, it's not enough not to disturb you. You must create a suitable environment to get her to relax and sleep.
Remember that chronic sleep deprivation can lead to severe stress and illness, just like it does in humans. In fact, sleep is meant to reorder the day's events and data processing and memory consolidation. Hence the importance of a correct break.
When we observe a puppy with her mother, in a suitable or natural environment where she can properly attend to him, we can see that from the first weeks of life this intervenes to teach the pups to relax, also looking for the quietest place to have a their babies. It's normal for her to also intervene to stop the overexcitation and never interrupt the puppy break.
In most guides we can see that they carry their dogs in a state of constant overexcitation that can cause behavioral and health problems for dogs, greatly influences the environment we offer to relax or the kind of relationship that we have with our dog.
Remember that relaxing is a natural thing in dogs, but often we don't allow them to do so because early ages they are often over stimulating. So think you might need to learn how to rest in some cases.
For your nature, a dog's need for rest is much greater than ours and we should consider it if we want it to recover properly after physical or cognitive activity (the lack of adequate and necessary rest is the cause of many problems behavior like anxiety or mismanagement of environment).
That is, after physical activity or intense stimulus-level activity, our dog needs a good break time to restock.
Our dogs live in a world where we organize their time, activity and space based on our rhythm of life. We are partly responsible for your calm or stress, everything we do or don't favor being a dog who knows how to relax and be calm.
We should teach our dogs to rest. One of the pillars of canine education is rest and unfortunately not perceived with the same importance as socializing, obedience, leisure or among others.
Do you know how your dog rested today? Do you think she has a good quality of sleep?
(Article extracted from GossosUnits)