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January 21, 2019

Have you ever wondered why your dog sleeps so much? You bring home your furry-faced companion for the first time and instantly fall in love with them. The feeling seems mutual for they wag their tail furiously every time you walk in the front door. Yet they seem to spend more time sleeping than hanging out with you. You are not alone. I too have wondered the same thing. Is it me? Do I bore my dog to sleep? I needed answers. I found some interesting facts that you may find as interesting as I did. 

Why So Much Sleep? 

The main reason that dogs sleep so much more than humans has to do with R.E.M. This is the period during sleep when we recharge the most. Humans typically get approximately 25 percent of R.E.M sleep during a sleep period. Dogs may only get 10 percent of their sleep period in R.E.M. The reason for this is because they have a much lighter sleeping state than humans. This is why when they seem to be in a deep sleep and you say the words, “Do you wanna treat?” they can instantly, without hesitation, jump to their feet as if they were never even sleeping. 

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Age 

There are a few different attributing factors that play a role in how much a dog sleeps. The typical range an adult dog sleeps is 12 to 14 hours a day compared to the 7 to 8 hours a human needs. That doesn’t count the other 30 percent of the day they spend being inactive and resting. That is essentially half of their day and half of their life spent sleeping. A dog is only active for about 3 to five hours a day! 

Puppies on the other hand sleep 18 hours or more each day. Don't be shocked by this. It is similar to a two-month-old human baby that sleeps an average of 15 to 17 hours daily. During their wake time, they burn so much energy practicing being an adult that they literally collapse with exhaustion. Between their fast growth and rambunctious play, they need those extra hours of sleep. 

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Breed 

Large breed dogs tend to sleep a lot more. Dogs such as the Newfoundland and Saint Bernard can have sleep time that ranges up to 18 hours a day. While smaller breeds that have less to carry around may need as little as 10 hours of sleep. 

Working dogs such as the Great Dane and Doberman Pinscher are more apt to need less sleep. Their breeding has caused them to adapt to being more alert and ready for work at a moments notice. 

Other Factors That Can Influence Sleeping Behavior 

The Aging Dog

As dog's age, their efforts during daily activities become more difficult. This tends to take a toll on their body which requires more sleep. Senior dogs struggle more with regular sleep patterns and tend to be awake more at night and sleep more during the day. 

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Diet 

With so many brands of dog foods on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your dog. Low-quality foods tend to contain ingredients that are difficult for a dog to digest. This can cause them to waste more energy than is necessary simply trying to digest their food. 

Another issue that can arise with your dog's diet is if they are not getting proper food, or are receiving too many table scraps, and have developed a weight problem. An overweight dog that is not provided with proper exercise will sleep more than usual. 

Health 

There are certain conditions that can cause a dog to be lethargic. Heart conditions, arthritis, respiratory conditions, and an under-active thyroid gland are just a few. If your dog has a sudden change in their sleep pattern that cannot be explained, it is important to consult with a veterinarian.


HOW TO MEASURE YOUR DOG

For the best fit, match the below dimensions to your pet's measurements as closely as possible. If your pet falls somewhere between two sizes, we advise ordering the larger of the two. 

E-mail us with your sizing questions at hello@albie.com

 DOG JACKET SIZE CHART

NOTE: Back length is measured from the base of the neck (where the collar sits) to the base of the tail. Chest girth is taken from the widest part usually behind the front legs. Please note that the dimensions provided are product specifications.

 

 DOG HOODIE SIZE CHART

NOTE: Back length is measured from the base of the neck (where the collar sits) to the base of the tail. Chest girth is taken from the widest part usually behind the front legs. Please note that the dimensions provided are product specifications.

E-mail us with your sizing questions at hello@albie.com