This is a fascinating topic because dog’s can’t talk and give us verbal feedback when they wake up but we’ve all seen our dogs fast asleep and next minute their feet/legs are moving like they’re running, or they start doing that whimpering/mini barks which is is adorable, even more so when puppies do it.
Scientists have concluded that dogs have the ability to dream just like humans, in fact some say they may even just be reliving their day in their minds while they sleep. Sleep is a rabbit hole topic that is both fascinating and dark!
Whatever your view, the important thing is letting sleeping dogs sleep, they are just like humans. They do so much in their sleep from growth and development to rest and recovery it really is important, a lack of sleep can make them much more difficult around the home.
Just like humans dogs have the ability to go into REM (Rapid Eye Movement) it’s important not to disturb this process, especially when they’re puppies. The REM cycle equates for 10-20% of sleep and this is when dreaming can occur.
A lack of REM sleep can make them harder/impossible to train and can even cause a multitude of behavioral problems especially hyperactivity and even aggression in some cases, the aggression usually starts in later life and often coupled with other issues like arthritis.
It’s really hard this though as we see it with newborn babies, everyone wants a cuddle and quiet often sleep gets interrupted, puppies are no exception to this human need for cuddles i mean come on, who wouldn’t want to squeeze that puppy pictured above?
Sleep disorders are commonly overlooked by owners due to the simple facts It’s hard to notice our dogs sleeping pattern because we’re asleep too, this is why indoor cameras are great so you can watch what they get up to through the night if they start acting out of sorts throughout the day. When owners do see their dogs displaying issues and they can’t correct them they simply get the trainers in but this can then be counterproductive because if a sleep disorder is the reason , your dogs are less likely to respond to training which would then lead to behaviorists getting involved.
It’s all about the bigger picture, many things affect a dogs sleeping pattern including but not exclusive to the following;
● Hormone Balance (Spayed/Neutered)
● Loud / High Activity Environments (Children running around and playing is quite often too much for some dogs to sleep through)
If your dog is displaying behavioural issues, ask yourself , Are they getting enough sleep?
Guide: Adult dogs should get 12-14 hours sleep a day, Puppies 18-20 Hours a day (usually in clusters just like a newborn baby) If they aren’t getting enough sleep then this could be the key to all your issues.