Dogs on average sleep from 12 to 16 hours a day. After a day full of naps, most dogs willingly and soundly sleep through the night. That dog life.
Although rare, some dogs do suffer from insomnia. This can be caused by various reasons, from moving to a new home to kidney issues. The hard part is figuring out if this is actually happening. It can be difficult to assess whether your pooch is suffering from sleeplessness, to help determine this, here are some questions to consider:
- Does your pooch get enough exercise throughout the day?
- Is he or she on any medications?
- Is your pooch urinating more frequently?
- Constantly parched?
- Any signs of pain or discomfort?
- Is there tension in the house?
- Excessive crying in the middle of the night?
Excess energy, meds, urinary problems or even domestic issues can keep your fur baby up at night. It is critical to be in constant observation of your dog’s habits and behaviors to be proactive with their health.
If you notice restless behavior for more than a couple days, try these methods first, if you don’t notice an improvement, document behaviors and call your trusted vet:
- Consider diet and amount of daily exercise.
- Allow pet to sleep in an area where they can both hear and smell you—this will bring them much comfort.
- Allow pooch to run around and have playtime 30mins to an hour before bed to release any pent up energy.
- Play a tune, soft music can settle and soothe your pooch right to sleep.