It is totally fine for a dog to spend most part of their day sleeping. However, if you notice that your dog is opting to sleep even when there’s something more exciting to do, this is a sign that they are sleeping too much. In this case, it is wise to have your dog checked out by a vet.
One of the reasons dogs sleep so much is because they have nothing else to do. If your dog is not enjoying some playtime outside, joining you for a walk, or eating, they don’t have much else to do, so many dogs will opt to catch some sleep.
When they have something to do, dogs can manage with much less sleep. For instance, working dogs, such as those employed by the police or the fire department, do not sleep as much as their non-working counterparts.
However, if you notice that your dog prefers sleeping over something they used to enjoy, such as going out for a walk or drive, or playing with you in the yard, this shows that something is wrong.
Other tell-tale signs that your canine buddy is getting too much sleep include changes in their sleeping patterns. If your dog is sleeping significantly more than they used to before, this could also be a sign of trouble.
Some of the things that could lead to excessive sleeping in dogs include:
It is perfectly normal for dogs to sleep a lot more during summer. This excessive sleeping is caused by the excessive heat, which can also make your dog seem lazy.
However, you should also watch out for heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke and even death. Heat exhaustion is usually accompanied by symptoms like vomiting and excessive drooling.
Changes to your dog’s schedule, or even your own schedule can greatly affect your furry buddy. For instance, if you have been working from home but have been recently recalled to the office, your dog suddenly being left alone all day could make them depressed. One of the symptoms of depression in dogs is excessive sleeping.
Introducing a new pet to your home can also affect your doggie’s moods and make them anxious. Sometimes, this anxiety will lead to excessive sleeping.
Increased Physical Activity
If your dog has been getting more physical activity in recent times than they are used to, they are definitely going to be more tired than usual, which could lead to more sleeping time in a bid to rest their bodies.