Bringing home a new addition is one of the most exciting moments of pet parenthood. For first-time pet parents, this exciting time also comes with a number of questions, including “how long do puppies need to sleep?”. In honor of national puppy day, we’ve put together a guide to help new pet parents understand everything sleep-related for their new puppy.
An adult dog sleeps between 12 and 14 hours a day, but a puppy can sleep up to 20 hours a day! It’s no surprise that sleep is important to your pup’s overall health, but why is it that puppies need so much more sleep than adult dogs? There are three key reasons:
The amount of time that a puppy needs to sleep depends on its age, with the total daily sleeping time reducing as they get older:
As a puppy finishes growing, they will start to settle into a schedule of between 12 and 14 hours of sleep per day. However, the size of the dog does play a role in how much they sleep. Large dog breeds require more sleep than smaller breeds because they grow faster, which requires much more energy, and therefore, more sleep!
When settling into their new home, puppies can be understandably nervous. The uncertainty they feel can impact their regular sleep cycle, making it difficult for them to fall and stay asleep. Knowing how long puppies need to sleep and the importance of getting enough sleep, new pet parents may benefit from trying the following tips to maximize their pup’s sleeping hours:
Not only do puppies experience rapid physical growth during their first months, but they undergo massive mental growth as well. When they’re awake, puppies are constantly meeting new people, visiting new places, and experiencing new things. But to have the energy necessary to support this physical and mental growth, puppies need a high-quality diet!
When choosing a diet for your puppy, look for recipes that are made from fresh, real ingredients. Not only do recipes made with fresh ingredients taste better, but it’s healthier for your puppy and will establish a great nutritional base for years to come.
Our Freshpet® Select Puppy Recipe is made with gently cooked fresh chicken, eggs, vitamin-rich carrots and high-fiber brown rice. This tasty recipe also has added EPA & DHA will help your puppy to grow up healthy and strong.
In addition to our puppy-specific recipe, our Vital and Nature’s Fresh lines are AAFCO-approved for all life stages, making them another excellent choice for puppies!
We hope that this guide has helped answer your questions, such as how long puppies need to sleep. If you have any further questions about your puppy’s sleeping habits, scheduled a call with your vet. They will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.