Most dogs sleep on average about 14 hours a day. This will depend on factors such as breed of dog, age of dog and it's environment. Although they seem to sleep a lot, dogs will wake more frequently than us humans.
Different breeds of dogs will have different sleep requirements. Some very large breeds of dogs, often spend a great deal of their lives sleeping, some up to sixteen or even eighteen hours a day.
How much and when dogs sleep also depends on the degree of activity in their surroundings. A pet dog at home, is likely to sleep more than a working dog, such as a police dog, a search and rescue dog or a farm dog that spends most of his day herding sheep.
Dogs can adapt their sleep pattern so that they can come alive when there is something to do, and sleep when there is not.
Dogs sometimes sleep out of sheer boredom, but if you exercise and stimulate him during the day, he is more likely to want to sleep at night at the same time as you.
Dogs experience the same sleep patterns as humans. When your dog first goes to sleep, he lies still and is oblivious to his environment. His breathing slows, his blood pressure and body temperature drop, and his heart rate decreases.
After about ten minutes, your dog enters the REM, rapid eye movement, or active level of sleep. Under his closed eye lids he will roll his eyes, he may bark or whine, some dogs twitch and paddle their legs in their sleep. During this phase, the brain activity is similar to that seen in humans, and demonstrates that dogs do dream.
Mature dogs spend about 10 percent of their sleeping time in REM sleep, whilst puppies will spend a greater proportion of their time in this sort of sleep.
Some dogs are very particular about where they sleep. In the wild, dogs slept in dens, rolled up in a ball to keep warm and protect their vital organs from preditors. Even some domesticated dogs sleep like this, while others will feel completely secure in their surroundings and sleep on their backs with their under bodies exposed.
Some dogs will sleep quite happily outside in a kennel but he still needs a bed that's dry and comfy. For dogs that prefer to spend most time inside, provide a sheltered place in your home for your dog to sleep. Away from draughts and the main activity of the house. Make sure the kids can't bother him as he tries to sleep as even the friendliest of dogs can get grumpy when they need to sleep.
You may want to make a comfortable bed for your dogs sleep or choose from the wide variety of beds at your pet store, depending on your dog's requirements.
If you notice urine stains on his bedding, he could have a urinary infection. There are some excellent natural remedies for UTI in dogs, but if necessary consult your vet.
Some people love snuggling up to their dogs on their own beds at night and although your dog may love this idea, it is not recommended. Apart from the health side of things remember that dogs awaken frequently, so you are not likely to get a good long night's sleep with your dog in the same bed.
If your dog is ill, on medication, or depressed or getting on in years , your dog may sleep more than normal. It's important not to disturb your dog from it's precious sleep time but be mindful of any changes in your dog's sleeping habits and if your dog seems a bit too out of it and unaware of things which previously used to wake him up, get some advice from your vet.
The dogs sleep patterns will also be affected by his environment. If you create a healthy, peaceful environment with a good dog bed, mats and blankets, your dog is more likely to have a peaceful sleep than if he's in an uncomfortable environment.
Dog beds are an essential piece of equipment for all dogs irrespective of their size, age or breed.
Benefits of Good Dog Beds
Many small dogs love to curl up in a ball to sleep and a good dog bed will provide insulation from the cold floor in the winter and hot surfaces in the summer. Beds with high sides will also keep off any draughts
* Security and Privacy
Supplying your dog with his own private space will give him a sense of well being and a feeling of confidence and security. It will also fulfill his need for space. Dogs are territorial, and if you don't supply him a good bed, he may decide on a place you'd rather he kept off, like the couch.
* Protecting joints and bones
Especially important for aged, rheumatic, or heavy dogs. A good bed is soft but supports the dog's weight. If he has joint stiffness or is aging and has arthritis, a bed is essential for his comfort.
See below for Orthopedic dog beds
* Managing the spread of hair
A bed of his own will concentrate any shedding to one particular place, making one, easy-to-clean location. If you buy two bed covers it makes changing his bedding easier.
* Protection for your dog outside
Outside dogs need a bed as much or even more than inside dogs. it's even more important for outdoor dogs to feel secure and warm, too, and sleeping on the cold ground is not healthy for them.
Spend some time doing research before you purchase a bed that best suits your dog's individual needs. He will appreciate it and it will soon become his favorite place to go when he needs some peace and quiet. Low quality beds quickly lose their shape and don't offer any long-term benefit, so do your research and buy only the highest quality dog bed for your pet.
Orthopedic Dog Beds
Around 10 million dogs in the U.S. have problems with arthritis, and 31 percent of dog owners say that bone and joint problems are one of the major issues for their pets.
Purchasing an orthopedic dog bed can help relieve the pain and tenderness caused by arthritis, age related stiffness and post operative problems among others.
Research manufacturers who devote particular attention to the orthopedic requirements of dogs and especially larger breeds of dog. An orthopedic dog bed should be made of high range, hard-wearing materials.
The materials used on the inside, like memory foam or fibers should be pure materials. Memory foam is an ideal fabric for an orthopedic dog bed. Memory foam will last longer and give more beneficial support and give your dog twice as much padding.
Orthopedic memory foam in an orthopedic dog bed responds to your dog's body temperature and weight to adapt exactly to every curve and posture of your dog's body. By responding to a very particular array of temperatures, the memory foam turns soft or firm where you need it to. It supports your dog's body in complete alignment while eradicating sore pressure points.
There are several grades of memory foam available, some better than others. The lowest quality memory foam is 3 lb. while the highaest is 5 lb The higher caliber memory foam will give your dog the best support and it will last the longest.
Benefits of Orthopedic Dog Beds
* Orthopedic dog beds are generally thicker and more padded than a regular bed, offering extra cushioning and a more supportive bed for your dog to sleep.
* They are made from good caliber textiles, which will last a long time.
* The fillings will not bunch together in one place like those in regular dog beds so they will keep their shape, without sagging and, will continue to be comfortable for your dog.
* Orthopedic dog beds are designed to be easy on joints and will support your dog's weight, irrespective of their breed, size and weight.
* Help alleviate the pain and discomfort which is associated with joint problems, such as arthritis.
* Good Orthopedic dog beds could prevent joint problems from arising, especially if you use one throughout your dog's life. This could be particularly true for larger breeds and those breeds which are prone to developing bone and joint associated problems.
Orthopaedic dog beds don't only support your dog's joints and body, but they also provide a very comfortable sleeping place too. They are configured to help all dogs, irrespective of their age, size and weight.
Orthopedic dog beds are usually more expensive than other dog beds, but they are longer lasting, so you should save money in the long-term, as you will not be required to replace the bed nearly so often.