Our adult dogs need to sleep on average 16 hours a day, depending on breeds and individuals. A puppy may need up to 20 hours of sleep.
Lying on a patio or in an armchair, seemingly doing nothing, just staring at us or watching and listening to the world is not part of the rest period. Making your senses work stimulates the brain, so it is an activity in itself.
If, generally speaking, a dog needs an average of 16 hours of sleep, he will need more rest if he participated in an exceptional activity. The brain and the body of our dog require a longer recovery time, just like us when we do more than usual. Depending on the individual (age, health, …), his habits and his training, our companion needs a longer recovery time.
Let us not forget that exciting or stressful activities also create fatigue, which imposes a particular recovery time.
- Doing nothing is an activity;
- An exceptional activity leads to an exceptional sleep period;
- Every individual has his own optimal recovery time.