Friday, March 27, 2015

let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Sleeping Dogs 

Lily and Edward the frenchies know all about being dog tired! Did you know that there are many different ways that dogs can catch some Z’s? There’s a lot more to it than passing out in a favorite spot, at least. 

The sleeping patterns of dogs are similar to humans in that they both experience cycles composed of various phases. Canines, however, have shorter sleep cycles than people do, so don’t be surprised if your pooch sleeps a good deal longer than you! Unlike cats, who don’t reach deep sleep and can always be roused, dogs have phases of rapid eye movement, or REM, during which they are totally unconscious save for brain activity. Cats, on the other hand, still have active control over their  hearing--you may even see their ears swivel or twitch while they sleep.

Because dogs spend so much of their time sleeping, identifying a specific sleep space for your pet is an essential part of the many steps necessary for ensuring good health. Some owners have their dog sleep in their bed; for others, this closeness with their animal isn’t as comfortable. Because dogs are pack animals, many will want to sleep with you or a member of the household; if you have a larger breed, or just want to keep some space between you and your pet at bedtime, there are several other popular options, too, like doggie beds, crates, or outside shelters.
It’s important to establish a sleep routine for your dog. Canines sleep for about half their life, but they are descended from hunter companion animals, so they will waken (and be less apt to sleep in general) if there’s activity around them. It’s important to let your dog sleep, and coordinating your pet’s sleep times with your sleep schedule make the most sense. Schedule feeding and walking times around your dog’s main sleep block.

Giving your dog regular exercise is the best way to make sure that your dog will sleep through the night. If you’re concerned about bad behavior, the best way to ensure your dog won’t chew on items or get into the garbage while you’re asleep is to make sure your dog has gotten the chance to at least go to the bathroom before bed, although a full walk is in both of your best interests. In addition, one should note that a lack of activity will cause a dog to sleep more of the time on average.

Once you decide a sleeping area for your dog, stick to it. Your dog may become confused if you change its sleeping spot frequently. It may be harmful if you allow your dog to sleep in your room before ultimately relegating it to a different area of the house by itself.

definitely know how to snooze--do you? Check out the following infographic for more facts and figures on doggie sleep habits:

Thank you Mr. Sloan for your submission

Lily & Edward

Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.


  1. So now I nose Mum should let me haf my beauty sleep!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. We do sleep a lot at our house, dad said when he is home wif us, that is all we do, and mom said when she is home wif her, we just follow her around and get under her feet, and cos her to trip and stuff....stella rose

  3. that was interesting, many thanks! and now my mom comes up with that spy-cam idea again... she would like to watch what I do when she sleeps... but I will keep that secret :o)
    easy rider

  4. Pawsome information. Today is a sleepy kind of day as Mommy says. It's raining. So we will be getting some extra sleep today!

  5. Yeah, I gots to charge my battery, so I can go out and look for squirrels. Those tree rats never sleep!


  6. Ditto Wyatt and he is so right they are evil they never sleep. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly


  8. Now I know what my Rosie does all day. My weiner dog sleeps on the couch with her blankets until 2am....then tap, tap tap on the side of my bed. Then we snuggle under the covers is the same every night....or every morning. I used to "force" her to come to bed with me, but she would always get down in the middle of the night and her being blind and the bed being so high...I decided not to be so selfish and let her be.

  9. I adore how you sleep with your tongue poking out the corner, Lily.

    Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!

  10. We sleep with Mom & Dad at night, we know when it is bedtime!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. Fur US Dawgs and Cats... all Work and no Sleep and Naps is NO FUN... We gotta CHARGE our Batteries so we can do our BESTEST WORK...

  12. Oh, I sleep right in Parental Unit's bed! I'm kind enough to let her join me:-) Love that infographic!

  13. Thats some great info.......we all sleep with Mom & Dad...wouldn't be any other way!

    The Mad Scots

  14. Great information, Lily and Benny!!! We don't get to sleep in the humans' bed but we think we actually prefer our own beds and crates. Phantom LOVES his crate and he also has is very structured sleep routine. He does sleep a lot but every night at 8:30 he heads to his crate for the night. Mom says routine is good for us. That is why when we have to go to the kennel, we sleep a lot when we come home - we are all off schedule from being away:)

    Happy weekend.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  15. Our dogs love sleeping where ever their humans are

  16. What a great post!! We are going to show Mama right away!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  17. I sleep in the big bed with mom and dad. I may not be able to tell time but I know when it's bedtime and I let them know when it's time for bed.

    Aroo to you,

  18. I gots 3 doggie beds butts I also sleep on the loveseat, Ma's chair, and if I am verrrrrrry sneaky, her big bed!!
    Ruby ♥

  19. The chi's most favorite activity is eating. A very close second is sleep. I love to listen to Chico snore because I know he's happy and in a deep sleep.

  20. We love to sleep and recharge our batteries for the next fun adventure!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  21. We have our sleep patterns all planned out and really enjoy snoozin', undisturbed!

  22. What an interesting article! Mom always wondered why exercise seems to fuel me instead of tiring me out. Ha!!!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  23. We have decided our own sleeping arrangements. We have beds, but we don't use them much. Dui has started getting into his crate now that the weather is cooler.

  24. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I know how to snooze!!!

  25. Great post, that is really interesting! I can tell when my dogs are in the REM phase of sleep, I can see their eye movement under their lids! Their feet often twitch too, like they're running around at the dog park! Love this infographic, thanks so much for sharing, I'm going to Pin it! Sleep tight Lily & Edward!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  26. I like to sleep lots too,,, and many positions.


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