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Dogs and Sleep "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie"

Updated on November 6, 2017
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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Although the idiom “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” is meant as don’t talk about something because of certain things that have happened in the past that caused problems, just let it be. However why disturb a sleeping dog? Let him just lie there.


The average adult dog that is a pet will sleep 12-14 hours a day depending on the breed of the dog and how active he or she is. A Giant breed such as a Newfoundland will sleep 16 – 18 hours a day.

The working or search and rescue dog naturally sleeps less than a pet does due to the work it is performing on a daily basis.

As dogs age the older they get the more they will sleep.

Dogs Sleeping on Their Backs

Does your dog sleep on his back with his legs spread or up in the air? The reason for dogs sleeping like this is that they have less hair on their stomachs and when they get hot, sleeping on their backs tends to cool them off.

Is Your Dog Bored?

If your dog is sleeping out of boredom this can be rectified simply by playing with him more and providing longer and more frequent walks.

Awakening a Dog

When dogs are asleep many times they will move around a lot, whimper or even bark. Do not let this alarm you and it is not recommended to wake them. They are more than likely dreaming and having a good time. Some people that have woken up a sleeping dog have been bitten, as the dog was startled. This is a good reason to let a sleeping dog lie.

Dogs Sleeping Too Much

Should you become aware that your dog is sleeping more than he or she normally does it can be a sign of hypothyroidism (under active thyroid), which is treatable with medication. For any health issues or concerns you may be having regarding your pet always be sure to talk your veterinarian or animal health care provider.

Sleeping in Packs

Dogs in the wild sleep in packs so when your dog sleeps in the same room with you this is natural, as to him, you and he are part of the dog pack and dogs prefer to be in the presence of others.

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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