Many factors can lead to dog snoring. Some breeds tend to snoring during sleep. Read the article below to help your dog if he has sleep disorders.
Essential Tips for Helping your Dog with Sleep Disorders
This may come as a surprise, but our beloved canine friends often have very similar sleeping issues as we do. More often than not, these problems might not cause any alarming changes in your pooches’ behaviour, but they could still suffer from an underlying condition or such issues can have a negative effect on their wellbeing if they last too long.
Here are a few useful tips from a veteran pooch mom on how you can manage and eliminate these sleep disorders, help your four-legged best friends restore a healthy sleeping pattern and ultimately lead a happy pup life!
Spot a problem
It’s essential to pay attention to your dog’s behaviour in order to notice any symptoms that might indicate a sleep disorder. While every breed has a different pattern of rest and activity, most young pups, elderly furry gents as well as large dog breeds, such as mastiffs, need plenty of sleep, an average of 12 to 14 hours per day or even more!
If your dog suddenly seems too tired, falls asleep too often, shows signs of aggression, irritability, or becomes over excited, you might have a serious problem on your hands and it would be wise to consult a vet in addition to home remedies.
Ensure plenty of activity
When they’re young, dogs need several shorter walks during the day and some playtime inside to make sure they will actually be tired enough to have a night-long sleep. Youngsters need some time to adapt to a schedule and they have more frequent bathroom breaks, but healthy, well-trained adult dogs with regular daily walks and play can go a full night without asking to go out.
Regular exercise is beneficial for your dog’s overall wellbeing, including their sleeping patterns, so it’s crucial to enable at least half an hour every day of walking and activities, while working dog breeds need more, so you might want to consider a professional trainer. During our family’s year-long stay in Germany, we’ve reached out to Kerstin from Good Dog Berlin and she has done wonders with our restless Lola.
A lack of activity can lead to insomnia, or even depression, so create a solid routine and your dog will know exactly when to look forward to a walk.
Give them a sleeping nook
No matter how tempting it is to share your bed with your dogs, they will greatly benefit from having their own space for uninterrupted sleep. Lola sleeps in our room, but she has her own corner. She had severe snoring problems in the past , which were not only preventing her from having enough rest, but they also affected our sleep. After lots of online reading and research, we found a great offer of Net to Pet circular beds, so we bought her a reversible one. Now she’s happy in her cozy sleeping corner and we have finally managed to have quiet nights again.
Any vet will tell you that your dog’s bedding is very important for a healthy sleeping position, as they will snore much more if they lie on their back as opposed to being curled up in a comfy bed. An elderly pooch will not be able to easily jump in your bed as that might cause joint pain or injury, so before they get attached to sleeping with you, make sure to provide them with their own sleeping nook.
Tweak their diet
Our furry friends just love to munch on anything they get their paws on, all day long! However, a well-balanced diet is important for your dog as obese dogs often have snoring issues as a symptom of sleep apnea. It’s very common in overweight pups, so it’s important to consult a vet and adjust their nutrition.
Depending on your dog’s age and breed, your vet will help you craft a feeding plan that will ensure your dog satisfies all of its nutrition needs, while helping them regulate their body weight and thus alleviate their sleeping problems.
Whenever I have time, I love to prepare some homemade meals for Lola from Dr Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats, which is brimming with simple, holistic recipes, and she always appreciates the versatile menu!
Be your dogs’ best friend by giving them all the love, attention and care they deserve, and you’ll ensure a long, healthy life for your four-legged friends!