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How Much Do Puppies Sleep at Six Months Old?

A six-month-old puppy should get between 15 and 18 hours of sleep daily. While each puppy is different and the amount of sleep they require can vary by size and breed, one thing remains the same: puppies need lots of sleep!

Puppies seem to have an endless supply of energy. They love to play, explore new places, and chew on anything and everything they’re not supposed to. While the focus on raising puppies is typically directed towards obedience and potty training, making sure your puppy is getting enough quality sleep is equally important.

15-18 hours may sound like an enormous amount of sleep. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day! Your puppy might only be awake for about a third of it. But sleep is essential for your puppy to grow into a healthy adult.

It’s just as important as a good diet and exercise. Quality sleep will help develop the body, immune system, and cognitive functions.

If your puppy is having a difficult time going to sleep, there are a few things you can do to make bedtime easier for both you and your puppy.

What if My Puppy Doesn’t Want to Sleep?

Most of your puppy’s sleep will come overnight while you’re sleeping. If you’re having a hard time getting your puppy to quiet down for bedtime or he’s waking you up throughout the night, he might be hungry or have to go to the bathroom.

Prepare before bedtime to ensure when the time comes to hit the sack, your puppy will sleep soundly all night.

Make Sure They’re Well Fed

Make sure your puppy has had enough to eat for dinner so he’s not crying for food before breakfast the next morning. About three to five hours should pass between dinner and bedtime. This will keep your puppy full and give him enough time to use the bathroom after eating.

Take Your Dog Out Before Bedtime.

Letting your dog outside to go to the bathroom is another important step in getting ready for bed. You don’t want your puppy wetting his bed, nor do you want him crying to go outside in the middle of the night.

At six months old, your puppy should be able to hold their bladder all night, so giving him one last chance to relieve himself before bed should hold him over until the morning and allow him to sleep comfortably.

Have a Consistent Sleeping Space

Designate one spot for your puppy to sleep. Whether this place is your bed, his own bed, or a crate. Picking one sleeping space will create consistency in your dog’s bedtime routine.

Make sure your dog’s bed is comfortable and cozy. Once your dog is familiar with his sleeping spot and associates it with a good night’s sleep, returning to this spot every night will signal to your dog that it’s bedtime.

Create a Relaxing Environment

Create a calm sleeping environment for your puppy to relax. Avoid active play too close to bedtime. Amping your puppy up before bed may give him a burst of energy that will make it hard for him to sleep.

Your puppy will naturally calm down with the absence of light and lack of sensory triggers. Turn off the television, music, and any unnecessary lights to create a quiet space for your puppy to fall asleep.

Consistent Daily Routines

Establishing a daily routine will help your puppy get regular and consistent sleep. Your puppy will adapt to your sleeping schedule, so try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. His body will naturally feel tired when it gets close to bedtime, and he’ll be alert and ready to start the day in the morning.

What About Puppy Naps?

Like human children, puppies need more than just eight hours of sleep overnight. Overnight is when your puppy will get the longest stretch of sleep, but frequent, shorter naps throughout the day are necessary to reach the amount of sleep needed for their growing bodies.

Dogs are polyphasic sleepers. This means they sleep on and off throughout the day, and they don’t enter REM cycles as frequently as humans. In comparison, humans are monophasic sleepers, which means we typically receive all the sleep we require at one time. Because of this different sleeping pattern, your puppy will need multiple naps throughout the day in addition to the eight hours of sleep at night.

Puppies can nap anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours at a time. They benefit from naps because it’s an opportunity for them to regain energy exerted after extensive running and playing (which puppies do a lot of!).

If you want your puppy to take a nap during the day, the best opportunity will be after a high-energy play session or after he’s eaten a big meal. Your puppy may naturally doze off after either of these or a combination of both. Lack of activity can also cause your puppy to take a nap.

What if My Puppy is Sleeping Too Much or Too Little?

If you think your puppy is sleeping too much, he probably isn’t. Puppies are continuously growing and learning, which takes a lot of energy. They need a lot of sleep to recoup this energy.

As long as your puppy seems normal and energetic when he is awake, there isn’t much cause for concern about excessive sleeping. Your puppy might simply require more sleep.

However, if your puppy appears lethargic and sluggish when awake, it might be worth checking in with the vet.

Too little sleep is not healthy for your growing puppy. Sleep is such a necessary part of your puppy’s growth that a lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems.

Some of these problems include a weakened immune system, obesity, and behavioral issues. Signs your puppy isn’t getting enough sleep include lack of appetite, irritability, aggressive behavior, excessive barking, and growling.

If you suspect your puppy isn’t getting enough sleep, try some schedule changes to create a more consistent routine in which the puppy can sleep more often or for a longer period.

If the problem persists, it may be a sign of an underlying health condition and you should call your veterinarian.

Sleep Requirements Based on Age

As we’ve covered, puppies need lots of sleep. Once they reach maturity, however, they stop growing and do not require as much sleep as they did when they were younger. Dogs grow at a much faster rate than humans and reach their adult age by the time they turn two.

While very young puppies sleep 18 to 20 hours per day, this number decreases within a few months. At six months old, 15 to 18 hours of sleep should be the norm. By the time your dog is an adult, he should be able to thrive on 12 to 14 hours per day. That number will rise again as the dog enters their senior years.

It’s important to remember that inside that bundle of fluffy energy is a baby, and babies need sleep! An adequate amount of quality sleep will help your puppy grow into a healthy, strong dog. It may take a while to get into a sleeping routine, but once established, your puppy will sleep frequently and burn tons of energy during the day!

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