Dog Crate – Which Size Do You Need for your Dog? (2020)

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Dog Crate – Which Size Do You Need for your Dog?

Dogs need sufficient sleep to recover.

So that the dog can relax in peace and feels comfortable, it is important to have an appropriate sleeping place.

One of the most important criteria is the size of the dog bed. But how big must the dog bed be?

The dog must be able to stretch out completely in its bed and also have around 30 centimetres of room to move.

Only then can he move freely during sleep without being restricted.

Just like us humans, every dog has its own sleeping position. While some dogs curl up, others lie completely stretched out.

As a dog owner, you know best how your dog beds itself. You should choose his bed accordingly.

Size chart for dog beds

The size specifications of the manufacturers vary slightly.

Basically the different sizes of the dog beds are described in the sizes for T-shirts, from size S to XL to size XXXL.

Size S for Chihuahua

lying surface approx. 50 cm x 35 cm

The smallest size is meant for mini dogs, like chihuahuas and maybe your little Yorkshire Terrier will find the place cosy as well.

Size M for Yorkshire Terrier

lying surface approx. 60 x 45 cm

The medium size dog beds are made for the dog breeds Basset and Terrier like Jack Russel and Yorkshire.

Size L and XL from Jack Russel Terrier

lying surface approx. 70 cm x 50 cm

You can consider dog beds in size XL from a Jack Russel Terrier upwards.

For medium-sized dog breeds such as Beagle, Bulldog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel, the XL size is also sufficient.

Size XXL for Golden Retriever

lying surface approx. 85 cm x 55 cm

The size XXL may sound a bit oversized for the dog breeds Labrador, Golden Retriever and Border Collie.

But keep in mind that there are even bigger dogs.

Therefore XL would be too small for a dog bed.

This is especially true for the dog breeds Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd, Irish Setter and Dalmatian.

Size XXXL for Bernese Mountain Dog

lying surface approx. 105 cm x 65 cm

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The largest dog beds in size XXXL are suitable for the largest dog breeds such as the Great Dane, Great Münsterlander, Bernese Mountain Dog, Greyhound and Great Dane.

The boundaries between the sizes of the beds are fluid.

There is also no standard for dog beds. Therefore, each manufacturer uses its own size classification.

It is a bit like buying clothes, for Esprit and H&M size M means something different than for Benetton.

However, the decisive factor is the lying surface for your dog.

If you have the space and still doubt the right size, I would prefer to order the dog bed one size larger.

Wouldn’t dog baskets be more suitable?

For dogs that like to lie stretched out, dog beds without borders are suitable.

They allow the dog to stretch out and thus lie as gently as possible on the joints and without pressure points.

Dog beds with borders, so-called dog baskets, are better suited for all those who like to cuddle up and curl up.

These dog beds give the animal a certain degree of security and safety.

Dog beds for small dogs

Very small dogs often love cuddling dens, just as cats like to have them.

Synthetic leather or plastic, which is better?

The second important point when choosing a dog bed is the material.

Dog baskets are mostly available in plastic. But there are also baskets made of willow.

This material is natural and looks nice, but is difficult to clean.

In contrast, the plastic basket can be washed quickly and also disinfected in an emergency.

This can be of great advantage especially in case of parasite infestation or in case of illness with diarrhoea and vomiting.

Hygienic dog bed should be easy to clean

For the upholstery, which lies in the basket, you should also use materials that are easy to clean.

Most upholstery can be removed and the cover washed in the washing machine.

This material recommendation applies equally to XXXL dog beds for large dogs, which do not require an additional basket.

An ideal material is artificial leather. It is dirt repellent and can be cleaned easily.

It also does not absorb odours and does not have hair. Imitation leather is scratch- and tear-resistant and can usually also be cleaned in the machine.

If you want to wash the covers of the cuddly bed, it is best to use a detergent without fragrances and do not use fabric softener. For disinfection you can add a shot of vinegar to the last rinse water.

Normal filling or orthopaedic dog beds

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Of course, a coating must also contain a filling. It makes the bed comfortable and cozy.

The filling should be such that the dog can lie not only softly but also joint-gentle.

This becomes particularly with increasing age of great importance.

But not all filling materials guarantee that the dog can relieve his joints accordingly.

Frequently, foam flakes are used which, although cheap, provide little or no pressure relief for the dog.

Viscose foam is better suited for dog beds. It adapts optimally to the dog’s body and is breathable.

Even micro-beads ideally balance the dog’s weight and are perfect for cuddling.

Bed for small dogs up to XXXL size

When it comes to design, you are spoilt for choice.

Whether very simple and puristic or directly from the designer – everything is possible and for every style of furnishing there is a suitable dog bed.

As with many accessories around the dog, the trade offers many different models of dog beds.

Many materials, colours, shapes and designs make the decision difficult.

If you consider the shopping tips from this page, you can easily find the ideal sleeping place for your dog.

For creative dog owners, nothing stands in the way of a self-designed dog bed.

The right place for the dog bed

It is important that you set up your favourite’s camp in the right place.

The dog bed should be in a quiet place in the living area so that the dog can relax well.

Under no circumstances should it pull at this point or be particularly hot or cold.

Most dogs love to be able to watch all the family members and events from their sleeping place.

If the dog wants to sleep, it should be able to do so without disturbance.

However, as a dog owner, don’t be too disappointed if your darling occasionally prefers the cosy couch to his own dog bed.

An orthopaedic dog bed is the cosy retreat and comfortable sleeping place for your four-legged friend.

Before you decide to buy an orthopaedic dog bed, remember that a dog sleeps about 16 hours a day.

Lively dogs such as an Australian Shepard may sleep a little less, but puppies and older dogs can sleep 18 – 20 hours a day.

So our fur noses spend two thirds of their life time lying down.

In view of these numbers your pelt-nose should feel really comfortable on his dog bed and get a healthy sleep.

For the perfect dog bed size some important factors are to be considered.

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First of all it is important to choose the right dog bed size for the orthopaedic dog bed.

This is not so easy, because there are some points to consider.

With our tips you can find the right size of dog bed and save yourself a possible bad purchase.

There is a simple rule of thumb for the calculation of the right dog bed size

To find the right size for the dog bed, you should measure your quadruped.

The first thing you should do is measure the length of your fur nose.

To do this, measure from the tip of your nose to the base of your tail.

It is best to do this when your dog is standing. For control you can measure your quadruped once again while lying down.

The second step is to measure the height, from the paw to the shoulder / withers.

Depending on the dog’s size, add 10 cm for small dogs, 20 cm for medium-sized dogs and even 30 cm for large dogs.

The first step is done.

By clicking on the button “Calculate dog bed size” you can access our calculator, which will give you an orientation for the minimum size of the lying surface or the inner surface of a dog bed.

In the next step you click on the symbol for your quadruped.

(Shoulder height: small dogs – 15-30 cm, medium dogs – 31-55 cm, large dogs 56-68 cm, XXL dogs 69 – 100 cm)

Then simply enter the two values you measured into our calculator.

As a result the minimum size for the lying surface will be displayed.

Please note that the given measurements are to be considered as a guide.

Now there are different types of sleep among quadrupeds, just like with us humans.

These are nest builders, ground sleepers and casual sleepers.

Dog bed size ” The favourite place for a nest-builder:

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The urine instincts of a nest-builder are still very pronounced.

The ancestors of our domestic dogs dig a hollow in the wild and sleep in the hollow, preferably close together and cuddled up.

Is your dog a nest-builder who likes to sleep curled up?

These dogs feel most comfortable in a round or oval dog bed with an edge, as it is closest to their natural sleeping habits. There they can really cuddle up in it and even lay their head on the edge.

In order to decide on the right dog bed size, this type of dog bed, please pay attention to the inner dimensions of the selected orthopaedic dog bed.

For the nest-builders I recommend the cuddly orthopedic dog bed Jessy by Knuffelwuff.

Dog bed size ” The favourite place for a floor sleeper:

As the name suggests, floor sleepers love to sleep directly on the tiles, parquet or carpet.

For our four-legged friends this is the most effective way to sleep.

They can get up quickly, in a coordinated manner and without harming their joints.

However, tiles or parquet flooring are often too cold, which can lead to cystitis.

There is also the additional risk that the dog will get conjunctivitis due to drafts that can develop under doors.

Do you have a floor sleeper at home? Then it is sensible to opt for an orthopaedic dog bed with a large mattress.

When choosing a dog bed size, I recommend the one mentioned above.

Rule of thumb: lay it out generously, as these dogs like to stretch out long.

The favourite place for casual sleepers

The casual sleeper often rests in the most impossible sleeping positions.

They like to spread out far and all fours are completely stretched out.

But they also like to lie on their back. In doing so, the paws are stretched or angled into the air.

Is your furry nose a casual sleeper? Then make sure that the lying surface (inner dimensions) is not too small.

Measure the length of your dog according to the above-mentioned rule of thumb (dog nose to root of tail) and add at least 20 cm.

In the end, both the size and the sleeping behaviour will determine the size and shape of the new orthopaedic dog bed.

Therefore a little tip from our dog trainer: take a picture of your pelt-nose in different sleeping positions.

Not only that the photos are cute to look at and show us how relaxed you can sleep, but maybe they will also help you to make the right choice.

Additionally I have listed a rough overview of dog bed sizes and dog breeds as a decision guidance:

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Orthopaedic dog beds in XS and S for small dogs

Small, delicate dogs like Chihuahua, Dwarf Pinscher, Dwarf Dachshund, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Havanese, Dwarf Spitz, Kleinspitz, Jack Russell Terrier, West Highland Terrier, Shih Tsu.

Orthopaedic dog beds in M and L for medium-sized dogs

Jack Russel Terrier, French Bulldog, Pug, Miniature Schnauzer, Sheltie, Basset Beagle, German Hunting Terrier, Parson Russel Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Orthopaedic dog beds in XL and XXL for larger and heavier dogs

Labrador, Doberman, Boxer, Münsterländer, Weimaraner, Rottweiler, Great Dane of Bordeaux, Dalmatian, Bearded Collie, Golden Retriever, Husky, Boxer, Bobtail, German Shepherd, Airdale

Orthopaedic dog beds in XXXL and 4XL for very large and heavy dogs

Great Dane, St. Bernard, Newfoundland dog, Irisher Wolfhound, Bernese Mountain Dog, St. Bernard, Irish Red Setter, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Afghan Sighthound, Doberman, Borzoi, Leonberger

Dog bed – which size for which dog?

Once the model has been selected, the dog owner thinks about which size is the right one.

A dog sleeps on average 17 hours a day, whereas puppies and senior dogs sleep more than 20 hours.

It is therefore important to adjust the dog bed as well as possible to the sleeping habits and size of the animal.

It is a fact that a dog needs enough space to sleep, doze, dream and cuddle, he also wants to be able to stretch out or cuddle up very close.

Dogs love to lie on their backs, totally stretched out, all fours of them stretched out.

If his dog bed is too short or too narrow, he reaches with his paws over the edge.

However, if the dog bed is too big, the dog lacks the cuddling factor.

He prefers to lean against the back cushion because it provides additional warmth.

He likes to use the side borders to rest his head, so every dog has different preferences.

Dogs love peace and quiet, they do not sleep well if their dog bed is too small or too large.

The next question follows: What’s the best way to determine where the dog fits in Every dog owner can easily measure this himself.

How can the correct size be determined?

First of all, the manufacturer’s instructions must be read carefully.

Usually it is not specified whether the information refers to the inner or outer dimensions, whether it is the dimensions of the lying surface with or without pillow.

If you buy a nice cushion in addition, these dimensions must also be taken into account.

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A dog bed is the right size if it is at least the length of the dog.

This is determined quite simply: Let the adult dog lie on its side on the floor and measure with a folding rule the total length of the dog from nose to tail root.

Then measure the height at the withers, from the paw to the surface of the back.

This works quite well when the dog is standing and is necessary because the dog also sleeps on its side and needs the width for this.

For dogs of every size there is the right dog bed, from the Chihuahua to the St. Bernard, every sweetheart gets his place.

The largest dog beds look lovely, as long as a small pack of dogs has found enough space in them, when the dog mummy feels comfortable and her puppies sleep blissfully.

With individual young animals it is advisable to add at least 10 – 20 cm to the measured body length, so that the little one can enjoy his beautiful dog bed for a longer time.

In general, a length supplement of 25% should be added to the measured body length of adult dogs in order to provide your dog with an adequate and comfortable place to retreat.

After measuring, the dog lover is now spoilt for choice.

On our site he can find dog beds in all equipment, sizes and varied models.

In order to help the customers to imagine the sizes on the basis of dog breeds and to make it easier for them to determine the size, a size table for comparison follows:

Which size does the respective dog need?

Size dog breeds

  • XS Whippet, Chihuahua, Dwarf Pinscher
  • S Pug, Frenchie, Mini Bull Terrier, Jack Russell
  • M Eurasier, English Bulldog
  • L Labrador, Border Collie, Dalmatian, Doberman
  • XL Labrador, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd,
  • XXL Great Dane, Newfoundland dog, Mastiff, St. Bernard dog, Hovawart

How big the dog bed should be in the optimal case, is also a question of many dog lovers.

Because you don’t want to do anything wrong and you want to offer your darling a comfortable and sufficient sleeping place for dreaming, sleeping and snoozing.

The question about the optimal size of the dog bed can be answered relatively easily from our point of view.

The dog bed should be large enough so that your dog can lie in it straight and stretched out.

This should be the minimum requirement for your new dog bed.

To get an exact value for this, let your dog lie down relaxed.

Now take a tape measure or a folding rule and measure how much space your dog needs from muzzle to tail and from back to paw.

However, as we know from ourselves, we also move around when we sleep and therefore need a little more space than just a lying surface that corresponds to our body size.

Our recommendation is therefore: Add at least 20 cm to the measured length and width and then select a dog bed that corresponds to these measurements or exceeds them.

This is how much sleep your dog needs

Not only you need enough sleep. It is also important for your dog to have sufficient rest periods.

Because only then can he regenerate and gather new strength.

In this article, you will learn, among other things, how much sleep your dog needs.

We also explain why he needs your support and what makes a good sleeping place.

This is how much sleep dogs need

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Terms like “being dog-tired” do not come about by chance.

While people get by with about seven to eight hours of sleep per night, the need for sleep and rest is significantly higher for dogs.

Depending on the age of the animal, it can be as much as 22 hours a day.

Adult dogs need about 17 to 20 hours a day. Puppies as well as old or sick dogs even need 20 to 22 hours of rest and sleep daily.

Deep sleep is only a part of the resting needs of dogs

You may think that with 20 or more hours of sleep a day, there is little time left for anything else.

However, you must remember that these figures include all your dog’s rest periods.

This is part of your dog’s sleeping needs:

  • Doze
  • Resting
  • deep sleep
  • Doze

Often it just looks like your dog is asleep. He lies there quietly and his eyes are also closed.

But in reality he is only dozing. He keeps a close eye on what is happening around him with his ears and nose.

Whether you walk past him or even plan to leave the house.

Your dog is very closely monitoring this and will jump up immediately if he is afraid he might miss something.


Your dog’s eyes are not always closed when resting. Sometimes he just lies there and relaxes or cuddles with you on the couch.

This is not an invitation to encourage him to play, but also an important part of his regeneration. So don’t disturb him in the process.

Deep sleep

Of course, dogs do not only doze around.

Like us humans, they need proper sleep.

During this sleep their body can regenerate and they process the experiences of the day.

Whether your dog gets a good night’s sleep also depends on whether his day was exhausting or perhaps particularly exciting.

Of his total resting time, however, proper sleep accounts for only about 20 percent of the time.

Not every dog rests by itself

You may have doubts about the figures mentioned above with regard to your dog’s resting periods.

However, this is not because your four-legged friend is the exception to this rule.

It is rather that your dog has not learned to take the rest that his body needs on its own.

Because even if dogs do feel that they are tired, we have trained them over the centuries to make them available to us at all times.

As a result, your dog is very much focused on you and is afraid that he might miss something important.

As a result, sleeping and resting are often not enough.

Lack of sleep can have serious consequences for dogs

Too little sleep is a problem that you should take seriously.

Because just like with us humans, lack of sleep leads sooner or later to serious health problems for your four-legged friend.

Research has shown that dogs that do not get enough sleep go through different phases.

First of all, your dog will make a strongly overexcited impression.

Then his concentration and motor skills begin to suffer.

As the lack of sleep progresses, he becomes increasingly nervous and irritable.

Finally, his susceptibility to illness increases and he often becomes aggressive.

If you continue to do nothing about his lack of sleep, he will suffer from serious, often chronic, illnesses.

Depending on the breed, the duration of the respective phases varies. However, in order to avoid any health consequences, you should not allow your dog to go through them all anyway.

Help your dog to get enough sleep

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Be aware that most dogs need support to meet their need for rest and sleep.

Puppies in particular need special assistance and must learn when it is time to sleep.

At first, this may even mean lying down with your dog.

Also make sure that you confirm your dog’s behaviour when he withdraws to his sleeping place by himself.

Avoid disturbing him with too much noise or even trying to keep him from sleeping by making too much noise.

You should also make sure that your dog’s rhythm remains as constant as possible.

By accustoming your dog to certain times for playing, eating and resting, you give him security.

This will ultimately also have a positive effect on his sleeping behaviour.

This makes a good sleeping place for dogs

It is hardly possible to name an ideal sleeping place for all dogs.

Because here both the preferences of the four-legged friend and your own ideas play a role.

However, the sleeping place of your choice should fulfil some criteria in any case.

We have summarized the most important ones for you in the following.

Make sure that the sleeping place offers your dog sufficient rest.

At the same time, however, it should be near you.

Otherwise it can quickly happen that your dog feels excluded from the rest of the family.

Your dog wants to be able to see everything and at the same time lie with his back to the wall as protection.

A place a little aside in the living room is therefore usually very suitable.

It is also important that the sleeping place is protected from sun and draught and is not located directly next to the heating.

It should also offer sufficient space so that your dog can stretch.

Especially if you use a dog basket or similar, you must pay attention to this.

Twitching while sleeping is normal for dogs

It can always happen that your dog starts to twitch in his sleep or makes strange noises.

This is not unusual and is completely harmless.

Because we humans are not the only ones who dream at night.

Dogs also process what they have experienced during the day while sleeping.

Especially with young and older dogs, the dreams often become noticeable by twitching limbs.

In this case we recommend that you let your dog continue to sleep in peace. If you disturb him, he can react quite aggressively.

Sleeping needs of dogs – our conclusion

Depending on their age, dogs need up to 22 hours a day to recover.

The effects of prolonged sleep deprivation are no less harmful to dogs’ health than they are to humans.

So make sure your dog gets enough sleep.

If necessary, help him or her to do so, for example by establishing firm habits and providing him or her with a place to sleep where he or she feels comfortable.

Do dogs dream too?

The sounds and movements a dog makes while sleeping clearly indicate that dogs also dream.

Scientists agree that important information and experiences are played out through sleep.

Researchers have compared and studied the brain waves of dogs during their sleep cycle with those of humans.

They discovered similar results and thus strengthen the theory that dogs also dream and process experiences in a similar way to us during sleep.

Dogs experience two stages of sleep:

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SWS (Slow Wave Sleep) is the early phase of sleep. The dog takes a nap or dozes off.

Although mental functions are slowed down, the body is still fully active.

Here the wake-up threshold is still the highest.

Good example: The dog lies in its bed, but reacts immediately to every sound.

REM sleep is the deeper phase of sleep. It is easily recognizable by the body twitches or noises that the dog makes during this phase.

Rapid brain wave patterns indicate that the dog is in a dream state. Best example:

YouTube offers a variety of funny dog videos during this sleep phase.

Both stages of the sleep cycles occur in the dog.

How much sleep a dog actually needs depends on many factors such as breed, size, age and lifestyle.

Your dog will normally adjust to your “bedtime and wake-up times”.


Dogs that are neither physically nor mentally stimulated sleep much more throughout the day than their active colleagues.

If a dog only sleeps all day, it is very likely to suffer from insomnia at night when his family goes to bed. He seems very restless and jittery.

Insomnia is a clear sign that the dog has not been sufficiently exercised.

Small breeds are particularly often affected by it, which live in urban areas and cannot go out regularly to romp around.

A dog that sleeps all day can be normal as long as appropriate physical and mental demands are balanced.

Dog owners should spend at least 30 minutes a day training or playing games with their dog (larger breeds longer):

  • refresh learned commands
  • teach new commands
  • Clicker Training
  • Activity games with intelligence toys
  • Search games
  • Fly ball and frisbee

Suitable training and employment games do not always have to be associated with high costs.

We will present you soon under the category low-cost entertainment games.

A RITUAL before going to bed can also help to promote a healthy dog sleep

Sleep plays an extremely important role in your dog’s health.

Dogs sleep an average of 12-14 hours a day, large and older dogs sleep 16-18 hours a day and young puppies sleep a full 18 to 20 hours a day.

Why do dogs need so much sleep and how can you ensure that your four-legged friend gets the slumber he needs?

Sleep cycle

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Like humans, a dog’s sleep cycle consists of two phases: light sleep and deep sleep (also known as Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep).

During REM sleep, dogs dream and process the events of their day.

Their sleep cycle is shorter than ours and lasts about 20 minutes.

This means that they are well rested after only a short slumber.

Even after a long, fun walk, half an hour’s sleep is all your dog needs to wake up completely refreshed.

Dogs also spend less time in REM sleep than we do and therefore need more naps to get the same “processing time”.

Dogs dream – most likely of the events and emotional experiences of the day: fighting, fleeing, hunting, defending, guarding, etc.

It is easy to see when a dog is dreaming: his eyes flicker back and forth under his eyelids, his paws twitch and he might start whining or even barking!

Your dog effectively experiences the “excitement” of the day – a thoroughly entertaining sight and one that is guaranteed to soften your heart.

The importance of rest

Sleeping is extremely good for dogs. It maintains their ability to concentrate, increases their learning ability and allows them to make the most of their day.

Dogs that do not get enough sleep can become easily excitable, stressed, lethargic or even depressed.

Sleep also has an impact on your dog’s physical health.

A lack of sleep weakens the immune system, which can lead to illness.

You must therefore ensure that your faithful friend gets enough rest between active phases.

Quality of sleep

When it comes to sleeping, not only quantity is important, but also quality.

Dogs only fall into deep sleep when they are completely relaxed.

You can observe this by looking at your dog’s sleeping position: if he sleeps on his side with his legs stretched out, his body is completely relaxed and he enjoys a healthy sleep.

When he lies on his back, he is even calmer and more carefree! However, a dog that sleeps on his stomach or curls up like a hedgehog will adopt a more “defensive” sleeping position, which will also keep him warm.

In this case his muscles are more tense, which leads to a lighter sleep.

This is why dogs are more alert all day long during short naps. Read more about sleeping positions in dogs.

Dogs sleep best when they are sufficiently stimulated physically and mentally: So take lots of long walks and give your little tail wagger a lot of challenging play.

You do not have enough time to offer your dog all this?

Then you can book a dog sitter who can give him the exercise and attention he needs.


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Sleep deprivation can occur when your dog does not have enough opportunity to fall into deep sleep, for example, through excessive stimulation or a lot of noise and distraction at home.

Integrate plenty of rest periods into your dog’s daily routine and make sure he has a comfortable place to sleep.

Poor sleep can also have a physical cause, such as sleep apnea.

This usually occurs in dogs with short muzzles, such as bulldogs and pugs.

Have you noticed that your dog sleeps less frequently and more restlessly than before?

Then keep a close eye on his general health (activity, appetite, excrement, coat) and consult a vet if you have any doubts.

Too much sleep?

As mentioned before, dogs sleep a lot. But can you ever get too much sleep? It is certainly possible.

If your dog sleeps more than average, this could indicate an emotional or physical problem.

Dogs sometimes sleep out of boredom or depression. They just don’t know what else to do!

Excessive sleep can therefore be due to lack of attention/activity, although physical problems should never be ruled out. Again, if in doubt, consult a vet.

Where would your dog sleep?

That depends on the dog: some prefer to sleep in a basket, others on a cuddly pillow or a raised bed. And most prefer a raised edge where they can cuddle up.

If you let them, the majority of dogs will probably choose the highly prized place on your sofa or bed.

It is important that your bed is in a quiet place, without draught or excessive light.

Does your pampered dog insist on lying in bed with you? And that’s okay with you? No problem!

Dogs often sleep near your “pack members”.

Do you spend a lot of time in a certain place, for example at the computer?

Then put the dog basket under your desk. That way you have doggy company all day long!

You have probably noticed that your dog spins and digs in bed before he finally falls asleep.

This is nothing more than his version of shaking the blanket and fluffing up the pillows in preparation for the perfect snooze.

So, let your dog make himself comfortable and enjoy his well-deserved snooze.

Dog Tired: Why sufficient sleep is so important!

The proverbial “being dog-tired” is probably not a coincidence.

Because the dog itself has a pronounced need for sleep that far exceeds the human requirement.

Therefore, from the point of view of the biped, only the dog could be used to increase the “tired being”.

But why does he actually need so much sleep? How many hours of rest a day is normal?

And what do you do if your four-legged friend doesn’t want to sleep at all?

How many hours of rest are normal?

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Again and again you read about concerned dog owners who ask in forums or on advice pages whether their dog sleeps too much.

After all, he only spends 3 to 4 hours eating, romping and drinking, but the remaining 20 hours the dog would really sleep.

At this point the all-clear can be given. Such a sleep pensum is quite normal for dogs.

Dogs that do not get enough sleep are more susceptible to diseases and behave more aggressively.

Because the four-legged friends can deal better with hunger and thirst, than with lack of sleep.

Their sleeping behaviour cannot be compared to human sleep.

People compensate for lack of sleep better by sleeping much deeper and more intensely.

Dogs, on the other hand, mostly just doze during the day.

As soon as something exciting happens, they are finally wide awake within a very short time.

Ensure sufficient rest and relaxation

Not every dog has to sleep 20 hours a day, but many animals overestimate themselves and do not demand enough rest time for themselves.

This behaviour can be compared to small children who, despite red ears and shutting eyes, still claim: “I don’t want to sleep yet.

I am not tired yet.”! In this case, the dog owner is asked to ensure sufficient rest and relaxation.

First of all, optimal conditions for healthy dog sleep must be created.

This means that if there is constant hustle and bustle near the sleeping place and the curious four-legged friend is always kept awake by new stimuli, he has no chance to recover. Therefore one should:

  • place the dog bed in a quiet corner
  • do not drape toys or other incentives nearby
  • set up fixed sleeping times (dogs are creatures of habit)

Furthermore, the choice of the dog bed should be made as carefully as possible and also according to health aspects.

Especially the filling is important. If the dog lies too hard, unpleasant pressure points and skin irritations can occur.

Especially with really big dogs this happens more often.

If the bed is too soft, however, the quadruped will sink in too much when getting up and will not find enough support.

The necessary compensatory movements to keep the balance go thereby strongly on the joints.

Especially older dogs should be spared this balancing act.

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