10 Easy Tips to Help Your Dog Wake Up

Does your dog struggle to wake up? Is your dog a heavy sleeper? Does it seem like no matter what you do, it is just impossible to wake up your dog?

Have no fear, you are not alone. This problem is actually more common than you think. Here are 10 easy tips to help wake up your dog

Know your dog

Just like people, all dogs have their own unique personalities and preferences. Does your dog like a dark room to sleep, or are they ok with light peaking in through the curtains? How are they with noise levels?

Do they like it quiet or loud? All of these factors play into establishing a successful practice in waking up a sluggish dog. Take the time to actually stop and observe your dog.

Get to know their likes, dislikes, and quirks. Understanding your dog’s personality will help pave a way for more successful practices.

There is no point in forcing your dog into something that is clearly out of their comfort zone. Everyone will be happier this way.

Knowing your dog’s personality is essential in waking up your sometimes lazy pup.


Creating and maintaining a schedule is one of the best ways to help get your dog into a routine for waking up. Consistency is key!

At first, your dog may not respond well, and progress may seem slow; however, faithfully sticking to a routine is one of the best ways to get your dog up and going. The results will come.

It may take more than a day, but the results will come. Establish a schedule and stick to it, and your dog will wake up easier.

Too much activity

Often times activity levels can negatively or positively affect your dog’s ability to sleep and thus wake. On one side of the spectrum, an overactive dog may simply have trouble waking up because they are tired.

If your dog does too much throughout the day, they will struggle to wake up. That may seem overly simplified, but it is true.

Like their human counterparts, we often can have different energy levels, compared to our furry friends.

Even though we engaged in the same activity throughout the day, we as humans may not feel tired, but our dogs just might. So give your dog a break. Let them sleep.

Not enough activity

On the other side of the activity spectrum is the idea of NOT having enough activity in your dog’s routine.

An unstimulated dog that only knows the activity of sleep, will find it normal to do just that. The idea of waking up goes against the norm of your dog’s routine.

Try adding some stimuli to your dog’s day to break up the monotony of sleep. Try going for a walk, play tug of war, get him a ball to chase, etc. The goal here is to get your dog moving and away from the idea of living a sedentary lifestyle.


Just like in humans, a link in dogs also exists between diet and energy. Often times, our furry friends eat the same thing day in and day out.

This stale variety of nutrition wreaks havoc on the energy levels of dogs. Without the needed energy to sustain themselves, it can only be expected that dogs sleep and refuse to get up.

A simple switch of your dog’s dinner plate and kibble will help reinvigorate and bring some life back to their energy levels.

Switching up your dog’s food routine can be down a couple of different ways. Next time you head out to buy your dog’s food, try buying two smaller packs of food versus the one large bag you normally purchase. This will effectively give you dog two options instead of one.

Every time you go back to purchase food, switch up the flavors. You may find yourself purchasing food more frequently, but that is the point. This more frequent variety will lead to better energy and sleep which will in turn lead to your dog’s waking up routine to become easier.


It may seem a little silly to wrap our heads around the idea of a dog becoming depressed, but it can happen.

Just like humans, dogs as well, suffer from depression, and often times this depression manifests itself with oversleeping. It is more common than you think. Dogs are very sensitive to change and are more in tune with emotions than we as humans realize.

Even the smallest change of a dog’s atmosphere, which may seem insignificant to humans, can quickly throw dogs into a spiral of depression.

The quickest coping mechanism for depression a dog can access is sleeping. So what has changed recently in your dog’s life? A recent move? A relationship/owner status change?

Did your dog lose his favorite toy? Is their tension around the household? The questions are endless and honestly unique to every household.

What one home might see as difficult to live through, another home might not. That being said, leave no stone unturned in regards to questioning what might be putting your dog into a depression.

Identify the issue, work on it, implement change if possible, and be patient with your dog and his inability to resist sleeping.


There are numerous medical reasons why your pup might just need some medication to make him less lethargic. As with all good practices involving medication, the first step is to seek professional help via your community veterinarian.

Be as honest as possible with them and work as a team to try and diagnose what medical issues your dog may be facing.

What can be causing your dog to sleep more? From a medical standpoint, why would your dog be having trouble getting up? Perhaps the age of your dog? Perhaps an underlying genetic or breed complication?

Or perhaps your dog has an infection of some sort? Work with your vet to help find a reason and better yet medical solution.

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