Puppy Behavior Due to Lack of Sleep

by Adrienne Farricelli Google
"Just five minutes more please."

"Just five minutes more please."

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If you thought babies were the only ones to get cranky when they don't get enough sleep, think again. Puppies are next in line when it comes to winning the crabbiest family member award. Fortunately, the solution to this problem is quite easy. Simply create a comfy spot free of distractions and let you pup catch up on some well-deserved zzz's.

Sleeping Beauties

When it comes to newborn puppies, these helpless fellows need all the sleep they can get. This isn't the regular beauty sleep you need to feel refreshed after a late night out; rather, when it comes to these pups their activated sleep is all about growing and development. Expect them to sleep and nurse 90 percent of the time. A puppy that is constantly crying isn't cranky but most likely cold, hungry or getting ill. In such a case, momma dog and her entire litter should be examined immediately by a veterinarian.

Let Sleeping Pups Lie

As the puppies grow, they start exploring their surroundings and start to play. Don't be surprised if your puppy is playing one minute and then sleeping soundly the next. While he's conked out on the carpet, his brain is still maturing and building new neural connections, the American Animal Hospital Association explains. Don't wake him up yet; at this age he needs as much sleep as he can get, and failure to catch those 40 winks may transform him into a moody, restless zombie.

A Busy Pup's Life

Being a puppy is not a walk in the park. Most puppies stay busy as they experience loads of novel experiences. New sights, new smells, play and socialization can easily drain all the pup's energy. It's your job to ensure he gets enough sleep. Keep in mind that generally puppies need a minimum of 14 to 16 hours of sleep per day, notes Michelle McCarthy, owner and director of Training For K9 Home Schooling.

Encouraging a Siesta

If Max gets tired and cranky, you can't blame him. Spared from the gift of voice, he has no way of telling you he's tired of playing with your grandkids and needs to hit the sack. His hyper, restless, fearful, nervous, anxious, nippy and overly vocal behavior may be his way of manifesting his need to doze off. In this case, you need to step in and let the pup get his deserved dose of sleep.
You can take several steps to prevent your pup from getting cranky. Don't let him crash in the middle of the living room where people walk by and make all sorts of noises. A nap inside a crate or gated area where he can’t be jostled or woken up is the best solution. Put together a consistent schedule so that Milo doesn't stay active for hours at a time and takes his well-deserved naps throughout the day.

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About the Author

Adrienne Farricelli has been a writer since 2005, serving as an editor, steward and writer for several online publications. She brings expertise in canine topics, previously working with the American Animal Hospital Association and receiving certification as a dog trainer from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Farricelli offers reward-based training and behavior consults at Rover's Ranch Home Boarding and Training.

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