Dogs usually sleep all night, but many dogs spend most of the day sleeping. While we humans are used to the idea of ​​sleeping when it is dark in the night time, so we find it a little strange that our dogs sleep during the day. Why do dogs sleep so much?

Why do dogs sleep so much?
According to experts and specialists in dog breeding, it is normal for dogs to spend about 50% of the day to sleep. And another 30% of the day on the "rest," while dogs are active by about 20% of the day. This is normal for carnivores, as lions also spend 18 hours or more a day sleeping and resting!

Most dogs go to sleep when there is nothing they are doing.
Because they don't have as much entertainment as humans, so sleep is usually the best way to spend long and tedious hours.
The amount of sleep the dog spends depends on
Older dogs are likely to spend more of their time sleeping.
Sick and overweight dogs sleep more than healthy dogs.
Dog breed: Some breeds like to sleep a lot
Of course, frequent dog sleep can be a sign of a problem. Many age-related diseases and problems can come with a change in sleep patterns. In most cases, a dog that sleeps for 12, but dog owners should be aware that excessive sleep can also be a sign of potential problems, and it is best to talk to your veterinarian when you have these concerns.

How to make your dog's day more exciting?
Since most dogs do not have entertainment, dogs are likely to get bored, especially when they are alone all day long. That's why most dogs sleep to spend their day and get rid of this boredom. The best way to help your dog stay awake and active during the day is to use puzzle games.

From an effortless actor (rolling a toy inside a collar, ring, or egg carton) to high-tech (like smart pet games), puzzle games help keep your dog active throughout the day; an hour or more a day is reasonable and not a cause for concern.
However, the dog owner should monitor the dog using a camera to check if the dog is responsive to these games or ignore them. You can also add excitement to the dog's day by walking during the day and exercising longer in the morning and evening.
If you notice that the dog sleeps even when doing something that is preferred and liked, then you should consult a veterinarian to examine the dog because it may be a sign of a particular disease or malfunction of the dog.

If my dog sleeps a lot, should I get help?
In general, it is normal for a dog to spend most of his day sleeping or resting. But too much sleep can also be a sign of problems with your dog's health.

 Signs that your dog sleeps too much:
Your dog's sleep patterns have changed.
The dog sleeps even when there is a "favorite thing he has to do," mainly if this thing usually attracts the dog's attention.
The dog prefers sleeping overeating or drinking.
You find it difficult to wake the dog in the morning
The dog sleeps suddenly, even in the middle of the play.
The dog wakes up suddenly or in a state of fear and tension.
Sleep a lot always comes with other physical problems and symptoms, such as.
1 - lameness.
2. Not wanting to walk, run, or jump.
3. Increase or decrease in eating, urination, or defecation.
 Increased sleep also comes with other behavioral problems, such as
1. The dog stares at the corners and walls
2 - Increased aggressive behavior or fear.
3. Salivation and other signs of anxiety.
These signs are probably not scary, especially if your dog is getting older, or if your dog is a lazy type. But do not mind to ask the veterinarian about it will be a veterinarian a lot of questions and may need to do some tests and tests on the dog to find out the cause of the problem and start treatment. Dogs may sleep long periods of hypothyroidism back pain, diabetes, anxiety, or any other serious diseases.

Finally, a thorough examination from the veterinarian is the only way to find out the exact cause of the problem. Try to monitor dog sleep patterns and other symptoms. You should also check your dog's weight and have a lot of things to love and enjoy during the day. If your dog still sleeps at unusually long periods, it may be time to see your veterinarian.