Why does my puppy sleep more during the day than at night? Expert Advice

Diabetes

The inability of the body to produce insulin in the amount needed by the body can affect the dog greatly due to the risk of hyperglycemia. Certain breeds are more prone to diabetes than others. These breeds include Dachshunds, Australian terriers, and Keeshonds ETC.

Why is my dog so sleepy? The answer isn’t necessarily concerning

Sleep is extremely important for dogs and humans alike. Without the proper amount of rest, it is extremely challenging to perform our very best in whatever we do. Your pup is learning and growing every second of the day, so their slumber is even more important. Their sleep provides them the chance to recharge their batteries to be ready to do it all again tomorrow.

Rest is also important for retaining knowledge and forming memories. If you are proactive about teaching your dog after they are fully rested, they will learn faster, and you will develop a better bond. It’s not easy to plan every moment around your dog — and you won’t be able to– but time with and away from you is important for healthy development, too. It can be challenging to learn how to live in a balanced way as a pet owner, but we promise it becomes easier the more you practice and continue to educate yourself on what works with your unique pet.

Sleep Needs Change as Dogs Age

In a study on dogs’ sleep patterns, a team of researchers looked into the effects of age and feeding frequency on dogs’ sleep patterns. Dogs were in one of three age ranges (1.5-4.5 years, 7-9 years, 11-14 years) and were fed once or twice daily.

Researchers found that older and middle-aged dogs slept more during the day than young adult dogs, but that was because they took more naps and not because their naps were longer. Older and middle-aged dogs also slept more at night than younger dogs because they had a longer total sleep interval at night (waking up later) and woke up fewer times during the night.

Dogs of all ages were affected similarly by being fed twice daily instead of once a day. Dogs fed more frequently took fewer naps during the day, but the naps lasted longer. Dogs fed twice a day fell asleep earlier at night but woke up earlier, too, with a decrease in total time sleeping at night. (The earlier waking time more than compensated for the earlier bedtime.)Related article

Four signs your puppy is ready for a nap.

What Your Dog’s Sleeping Position Reveals About Their Personality, Health and Character

As a dog trainer and behaviorist, I’m often asked: “Is what my dog doing normal?” Amongst the top topics are licking pee, eating poop, chasing bikes, humping, and, well, the list goes on. In most cases, these are all perfectly normal behaviors — they’re just not something that we are familiar or even comfortable with.Â

However, when it comes to sleeping, there are some general guidelines that can help you determine whether your dog is normal or not. Keep reading to learn if it’s normal for dogs to sleep all day — plus, how to know if your dog has sleep issues.