After an activity period, puppies tend to nap, and then wake up refreshed. Just like babies, the naps vary in length, ranging anywhere from half an hour to two hours. Typically, a puppy will nap where they are playing.
It is not unnatural to find your puppy napping at different hours throughout the day. For people who own a puppy for the first time, it may seem like too much sleep for a puppy.
If your puppy sleeps for more than twenty hours, and they seem lethargic after waking up, there might be a problem. Other issues causing excessive sleeping tendencies include an incomplete diet or lack of enough water.
So what should you do if your puppy is spending more time sleeping?
For starters, it is imperative you understand your puppy’s sleeping patterns as you schedule their day. It will ensure that they get quality sleep.
Ensure to Plan out the day as appropriately as possible to accommodate these sleeping patterns. For instance, puppies will require sleeping after an hour of activities. Do not push your puppy to do an activity if they are not up to it.
However, they will wake up with refreshing and exciting energies, so you can use this opportunity to train them. Ensure to plan your schedule with this time frame.
Let them sleep
The rule of the thumb dictates that a sleeping puppy should be left alone. Do not wake your puppy. It is an essential lesson to teach the kids.
It is important to explain the sleep cycles of the puppy and how it affects the puppy’s learning process.
Even though your puppy may seem to nap anywhere, it is essential you create a safe sleeping area. The puppy should be able to identify the space as its own.
It should be comfortable, with a lot of cushions and blankets. To ensure that the puppy gets deep, uninterrupted sleep, space should be quiet. Avoid sudden bangs or loud noises.
Know when to stop
Even though you may be having loads of fun, it is crucial to understand when your puppy is tired. If you wear out your puppy with too much activity, they will tend to misbehave.
When you notice exhaustion is kicking in, stop the activities, and guide your puppy towards its sleeping area. They tend to fall asleep without much persuasion.
Create a bedtime routine
Other than the naps that puppies take during the day, sleeping through the night is crucial as well. Create a nightly routine that will be simple to adapt.
It can be dinner, walk a little playtime with the family members, a bathroom trip, and then settle it into the sleeping area.
Creating a puppy routine is a lot of hard work, but a well-adjusted dog that is content and happy is very rewarding.
Scale the weight
If your puppy sleep patterns seem to be increasing, it may be due to the fact that they are overweight or even obese. It means that they are exerting too much to get around; hence they exhaust quickly.
If this is the case, create a weight loss plan for your puppy. Since the pups are within a growth spurt, cutting back on treats and increasing activities should do the trick. Also, switch from full bowl feeding to measuring its food amounts.
A visit to the vet may be necessary for a prescription diet if the health of the puppy is an issue for concern.
Check for hormonal imbalance
If the puppy’s body is not secreting enough thyroid hormones, it will act sluggish, with very little activity.
Also, it will sleep a lot. Taking your puppy to the vet will allow for blood tests that assess thyroid function.
In the case of hypothyroidism, your puppy will require hormone replacement therapy for the rest of its life. Hypothyroidism has no cure.
Low blood sugar
If your puppy eats normally but always seems hungry with little activity, your puppy may be a congenital case of diabetes.
With low blood sugar levels, your puppy will be exhausted and very unresponsive. When glucose levels are back to normal, your puppy will return to normal behavior.
You may choose to put your puppy on insulin medication plans.
The sleep is in the breed
Even though puppies can sleep for hours, some dogs will sleep even longer. Without a health condition or any contributing factors, some dog breeds are natural sleep lovers.
Common breeds with a sleeping soft spot include Shih Tzu, Greyhound, Basset Hound, Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, Bulldogs, French bulldog, and Mastiff.
Running low on blood
There are several health issues in your puppy’s circulatory system. For starters, your puppy may be experiencing a decreasing production of the red blood cells.
The blood might have an autoimmune disease or blood infection that destroys red blood cells in your puppy’s blood. Another instance includes the loss of red blood cells through bleeding, either internally or externally.
In this case, your puppy will be suffering from anemia. In severe cases, it may interfere with the mental capacity of the puppy.
Some of the cognitive and behavioral changes that develop in anemic puppies may lead to depression and sluggish. Your puppy may sleep a lot more, expressing disorientation and wooziness when awake.
Take your puppy to the vet as soon as possible.
It can be quite stressful before we fully comprehend what our puppies react to, or understand their behavior and any changes.
More often than you know, the dietary plans for your puppy play a significant role in their general mood, how they sleep, how long they sleep, and how they act when they are awake.
Your puppy will appear lethargic if you are over-feeding it. Poor feeding programs or wrong food may be a cause for obesity or weight increase. Rather than providing a full bowl for your puppy to nibble at any time, try specific feeding times with measured positions.
Reduce the treats during playtime, or use low-calorie alternatives. Furthermore, reduce the number of carbohydrates in your puppy’s food and substitute it with proteins. If possible, decrease the intake of high fiber foods.
Also, check with your vet whether the food is digestible or indigestible since it will have a direct impact on your puppy’s mood.