When You Lie Down with Dogs...
By Brian Fischler
If you are like me you spend a lot of the night tossing and turning only to look down at your dog on the floor sleeping away very peacefully. What a lucky guy, what I wouldn’t give to be able to sleep like my dog any time or anywhere. I am also at that age where I have to get up at least once in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. We all know how much fun that is.
Fortunately for me, I am normally half asleep on my trek back from the bathroom to the bedroom, and not paying attention when I go to plop back down into my bed, and yup you guessed it, there is my dog Nash taking up my spot in the bed. I guess he sees an opening and he takes it, even if it is only for a few minutes. The cutest thing about Nash is that, when he is in my bed (which we now call his throne), he sleeps like a person, with his head on the pillow and his body on the sheets. He has taken on my characteristics and figures he deserves as much comfort as I do, even though he has his own doggy bed.
Choosing a Dog Bed
When I first bought Nash’s doggy bed, I took a very scientific approach. I took down all three beds the store was selling, placed them on the floor, and waited to see which one he went to. He seemed to settle into one very comfortably, and that was the one we went with. You can give it a try the next time you purchase a bed for your dog, as I never got around to filing the patent on the process.
Even though we got a bed that Nash loves, he still prefers to sleep in my bed. Sometimes he even prefers to sleep on the floor. Hey bud, I bought you this really nice doggy bed, why are you sleeping on the floor? Dogs are actually very comfortable with sleeping on a hard floor. They just want to be comfortable, and prefer the coolest spot they can find. The reason dogs can sleep anywhere is they have no sense of right or wrong, and (unlike people) they have no regrets, and can easily forget what they did five minutes ago. That must be nice. As long as your dog knows that he is safe and taken care of, he can sleep fine.
Is Your Dog Sleeping Too Much?
So how much should your dog sleep, and how do you know if he is sleeping too much? Dogs tend to sleep the majority of the day at no specific times, and that is completely normal. The amount they sleep will differ from breed to breed or even dog to dog. Older dogs will also sleep more. Most dogs can’t sleep too much, but if you do think your dog is sleeping too much or acting lethargic, there are a few things you can do. Make sure your dog is drinking the usual amount of water. In some cases, switching your dog’s food can pick up its energy level. If you do think your dog is sleeping too much, the best thing to do is make an appointment with your vet to get it checked out.