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 looking at us or watching and listening to the world is not resting. When our senses work, it stimulates the brain, and 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/sleep if he participated in an exceptional activity. The brain and the body of our dog require a longer recovery time, just as we do when we do more than usual. Depending on the individual (age, health, …), his habits and his training, our companion will need a longer recovery time.
Lest we forget, exciting and/or stressful activities will also create a different tiredness and therefore call for a different recovery time.
- Doing nothing is an activity;
- An exceptional activity leads to an exceptional sleep period;
- Every individual has his own optimal recovery time.