Is my dog lazy because I’m lazy? A Step-by-Step Guide

Canine Sleep Disorder

Like people, dogs can suffer from sleep disorders including narcolepsy and cataplexy. A dog with narcolepsy will suddenly collapse, have loss of movement, and will suddenly fall asleep even if physically active. Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder affecting mostly younger dogs.

Cataplexy involves sudden muscle paralysis without the dog losing consciousness. The dog remains alert and his eyes track movements. Cataplexy episodes are brief, reversible, and spontaneous.

Dogs can suffer from sleep apnea and REM behavior disorder.

Seek veterinary attention if your dog has any sort of sudden changes or irregular sleep patterns or issues.

Why Is My Dog So Lazy?

Now that we’ve gone over some things that can present themselves as laziness, let’s get into the specifics.

Here are 7 reasons why your dog has become lazy.

Its only in more recent times that we may have been more willing to encourage laziness in our canine companions. One can quite easily imagine that the Toy Poodles that were popular with the French court in the 17th and 18th centuries got their fair share of pampering, and were often allowed to indulge their inner couch potatoes.

One Oregon State University study took 10 wolves, 10 pet dogs and 10 shelter dogs, from a variety of breeds and mixes, and then asked them to solve a puzzle box to get to the food reward inside. 8 out of 10 wolves cracked the puzzle, but only 1 of the dogs did. The rest of the dogs looked to humans for guidance and assistance.

Does your dog love nothing better than sleeping away the afternoon in a warm patch of sun, or maybe snuggling up next to you on the couch to watch TV? Does she walk rather than run, sit instead of stand, and generally require a whole lot of encouragement to do anything other than eat, sleep, or laze around?

If so, your dog may very well be a lazy Lassie. Theres nothing wrong with this per se — after all, humans have all sorts of different personalities so why shouldnt our dogs be the same? — but its important to ensure that your dogs laziness doesnt affect her health. By ensuring that your lazy pooch gets plenty of regular exercise and eats well, youll be able to set her up for many happy years of enjoying life at her own pace.

The right diet is also crucial. The calorie intake of a dog that is happy spending most of its day trying out new sleeping positions will most likely be quite different to that of a working animal or a pooch or accompanies its owner for a five-mile run every morning. Ask your veterinarian for advice on what to feed your dog and how much to give her, and remember to go easy on those fatty, unhealthy treats.

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My dog is lazy and sleeps all day. My dog refuses to go for a walk. My lazy dog is a couch potato and won’t play. These are actual statements I’ve read on dog-themed Facebook groups, including the one I moderate.

Sometimes dogs don’t feel like doing much. Like people, dogs are entitled to a lazy day. If your dog is constantly lethargic, or unmotivated, there may be something bigger going on.

Medical issues can cause fatigue or lethargy in an otherwise healthy dog. Other times, it’s the dog’s personality being interpreted as less than enthusiastic.

For example, some dogs don’t like toys or aren’t used to them.If you hate opera and have no interest, no amount of visits to an opera will convince you to love it. Some dogs love a ball. Others like a stuffed Kong toy. Some prefer to just go for a walk. Others love games.