(DOGS/PET CARE) Every pet parent wants to see his or her dog remain healthy for as long as possible. It’s important to make sure your dog eats the healthiest foods possible, gets plenty of exercise, and receives a regular veterinarian examination, keeping up with all of their vaccinations.

However, sleep patterns are just as important when it comes to your dog’s health. An average dog needs plenty of sleep–almost twice as much as a human. Making sure your dog receives the right amount of sleep will ensure his/her long-term health.

Sleeping Puppy dog Sticks Out tongue
The average dog sleeps twice as long as a human.

Sleeping Problems

A restless dog in the night will likely interrupt their sleep–-and probably your sleep, too-–with bouts of barking or whining. Or perhaps the dog prowls around the house or jumps on your bed. Several factors could contribute to a dog’s sleeping problems.

Activity changes: If you normally walk your dog in the morning and right before bed, but your routine changes because of a change in your work schedule, it may affect how your dog sleeps.

Environmental changes: As shown in the accompanying infographic, 45 percent of dogs sleep in their guardians’ beds. If you suddenly decide to have your dog sleep in a crate, you can expect them to have difficulties adapting. Or if you introduce a new pet or a new baby into your home, your dog may have trouble adjusting his/her sleep pattern.

Sleep disorders: Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from sleep disorders. See your veterinarian if you suspect that disorders such as narcolepsy, insomnia, or sleep apnea are affecting your dog’s sleep patterns.

Sleep is important for all animals, dogs and humans alike. Ensuring your dog is sleeping well will help both of you maintain good health!