Sleeping behavior of dogs – What you should know

The sleeping behavior of dogs differs greatly from the sleeping behavior of humans. Thus also dogs have light and deep sleep phases. The individual phases in dogs are more intensive but also more sensitive.

Dogs fall asleep in a few seconds, but can also be just as quickly wide awake again if the situation demands it.

The ideal sleeping place for dogs

One of the dog’s basic instincts is to sleep on elevated levels. This is where the dog feels safest to be able to defend himself better and faster against danger. Another reason for the increased sleeping space is that the dog has a better overview of the pack. In addition, such a place offers protection against draughts and cold.

But some dogs also like to retreat completely while sleeping, in caves in former times and under the bed today. Every dog is different.

The sleeping position of the dog

The sleeping position depends on the outside temperature. Dogs sleep rolled up in cold seasons and stretched out or on their backs in warmer seasons or in well-heated apartments.

Nocturnal dogs

Whether a dog is nocturnal or not depends entirely on the owner or the family. Dogs are pack animals and adapt to the pack. If the family eats dinner, the dog will dare at the same time to his food. It looks exactly the same with the sleeping behavior. No other pet adapts as well to the human situation as the dog does.

The perfect sleep for the dog

A person needs about 6 to 8 hours of sleep a day. Dogs, on the other hand, sleep or doze 10 to 20 hours a day. When the dog lies down on the couch, it signals that it does not want to be disturbed.

An old German proverb says: “Sleeping dogs should not be woken up”! Exactly that is true! A jumpy awakening can lead to an unbalanced sleep rhythm in dogs and encourage aggressive behavior and anxiety.

If you have to wake up your dog, do so with gentle strokes and a calm voice.

Are Dogs Dreaming?

Not only we humans dream, all mammals as well as the dog dream at night. In the REM phase (Rapid Eye Movement Phase), when the dog gives off strong body twitches, fast eye movements and also barking and whining noises, strong dream activities arise. With advancing age, dogs often tend to run in their sleep. Scientists assume that young dogs often dream of puppyhood. This assumption is based on the fact that young dogs often munch in their sleep and imitate the milk kick.

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