Why do dogs love to sleep so much
People get dogs not only as pets but also for protection. However, the dog that is supposed to guard the family and the property may be sleeping soundly. Dogs are not only voracious eaters – these animals are great sleepers as well. Dogs are very energetic but are you aware that these animals can sleep half the day away? The hours spent sleeping would differ from breed to breed but generally, dogs would spend half of their lives sleeping.
What makes dogs sleep so long? There are many factors that influence a dog’s sleeping pattern. The age, the personality as well as the activities would have a significant impact on the length of time spent sleeping. The energy of dogs would be considerably decreased because of old age thus a dog advanced in age would be seen sleeping most of the time. The desire to sleep is innate in dogs but working dogs cannot give in to the desire to have a shut eye because of the work at hand. Dogs have the knack to fall instantly asleep whenever an opportunity is presented so that the sniffing dog will be seen snoozing while the bomb detection squad is still being briefed and the therapy dog will have a shut eye while being transported to the nursing home.
Although dogs would be seen sleeping all the time, the sleep of these animals have many interruptions. Dogs too experience the rapid eye movement and slow wave stages of sleep but unlike human sleep that is generally uninterrupted, dog’s sleep would be constantly interrupted. A sleeping dog will be easily awakened by any unusual sound, movement and scent given the fact that these animals have very sensitive senses.
For lack of anything better to do, idle people would sleep. Dog owners are advised against leaving the pet alone with no toys to play with as the dog can turn into a destructive pet. However, some pet owners are lucky as instead of being destructive, the dog would sleep all day. A dog that sleeps all day would be less active but owners would surely want to have a less playful pet than a destructive one.
The sleeping area has a significant influence on the sleeping habit of the dog. Dogs living outside the home may not be able to sleep longer due to discomfort resulting from a sleeping area that is open to the elements. Pampered dogs on the other hand, are not only allowed to live outside the house. If not allowed to sleep with the master, the dog will have comfortable beds. The comfortable bed will entice the dog to sleep.