Is your dog getting enough rest? It turns out, dogs really need a lot of downtime but many don’t get enough. Did you know, the average dog needs twelve to fourteen hours of sleep a day? Puppies, large breeds, older dogs, and ill dogs need even more sleep than that! At our house, we all love to sleep, and we spend a lot of time snoozing, especially when Mom is working in our home office.
We dogs love routines and especially the ones with sleep time built in. Humans these days are in the busy mode. They schedule themselves, kids, and now even their dogs for every minute of every day. The problem is, most dogs don’t want to be constantly busy and it isn’t good for them. Sure, there are some dogs that never settle down. They need something to do all the time, but they are the minority. If you have a dog like this, try some mental challenges to wear her out a bit mentally. You’d be surprised how easily mental work tires out a dog!
At our house, we do a lot of activities, and our sports, but we spend a lot of time resting in between. We do our big walks and runs in the early morning, eat breakfast, and sleep for a few hours. Some days we have a class, or we practice our sports but just for an hour or so and then we sleep some more. Our yard is another place for fun, but when we come back inside, we usually take a nap. All of us learned as tiny pups to rest a lot. Constantly being on the go isn’t the way most dogs are supposed to be.
When we work, we work hard, but then we crash hard too. Dogs don’t need play dates or daycare every day. We are happy to just hang out and do nothing around the house with our humans. Sure we enjoy going places and traveling but we also love to just be home and hang out. Like small children, too much busy time and not enough sleep will make us cranky. Dogs need the right balance to be happy and healthy. Teach your dog to relax, hang out, do nothing and make sure your dog is getting enough rest.
My GBGV Life is joining Brian’s Home Blog in the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!