Getting a good night’s sleep is equally as important for our four-legged friends as it is to us and essential in making sure they lead the healthiest and happiest life.
However, some dogs are better at sleeping than others. Did you know that bulldogs are the best behaved during the night, with 47%* of them sleeping through without a stir? On the other hand, sheepdogs are true night owls, with only 12%* of them sleeping through the night!
Some simple adjustments can dramatically improve your dog’s night-time routine and assist in making sure they are getting more than just 40 winks.
Create a routine
Most parents will carry out a nightly routine to ensure their kids get enough sleep, and your dog should be no different. Giving them the chance to go outside to the toilet and creating a relaxed environment in the hour before bedtime can help achieve this.
Regular exercise is important for any dog, especially when it comes to health, but consistent exercise can also help your dog achieve a great night’s sleep. Burning their energy throughout the day with playtime or walkies will hopefully make for a long, uninterrupted sleep.
Make it comfy
A dog’s quality of sleep is only as good as the bed it’s lying in, and it doesn’t have to be yours. Investing in a high-quality dog bed or blanket will make for a much cosier and more appealing environment for your pooch to spend the night.
Create a relaxing environment
Many of us find it difficult to get some shut-eye during the night if we have distractions, and it’s no different for our dogs. Reducing any loud noise or bright lights will help your dog drift off into dreamland, however, a small amount of background noise such as a low playing radio can also help them nod off.
Consider their food
As most dog owners are aware, how often you feed your dog throughout the day greatly effects their toilet habits, and the same is true for their sleeping pattern. Feeding your dog too close to bedtime could mean they have a restless sleep due to needing the toilet during the night. However, not feeding them enough might cause your dog to go to bed hungry – so it’s good to find a balance that works for you and your pooch.
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*Research conducted by Wagg Foods in November 2017