How Much Does A Puppy Sleep?

Gee Weez, I just brought my new 8week old puppy home, now what?


Are they sick, they never get up to play?


That’s a very good question!


Puppies just like infants require a lot of sleep, they sleep around 18 to

20 hours out of a 24 hour day.


Even though, puppies sleep a great deal of the day, they will get up to go to the toilet. Like babies, they normally do not sleep through the night.  You can expect your puppy to sleep for about six to ten hours a night. However, they sleep up to 21 hours of the day.


Puppies love routines so set your clock to the same time every morning to get up with your puppy; I suggest you sleep 7 hours a night. Remember sleep for adults is over-rated.


When you look at the 24hour day you will discover that your puppy is sleeping a large portion of the day; let them do it!   Again, there is a parallel between infants and puppies. Your puppy will require 18 to 20 hours of sleep through the day.  So, do not let the kids over play with their new puppy. You might consider multiple 20minute play periods. Fortunately, this phase, where puppies fall asleep easily on your lap or in your arms, doesn’t last long. But, dogs continue to sleep for long periods throughout their lives.


Enjoy your new life with your new puppy baby, fur baby and best friend!


Barbara Williams

Author, Breeder, Coach





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