How much sleep does a puppy need?
A puppy needs a staggering 18-20 hours of sleep a day. We often see that puppies become overtired as puppy parents don’t realise quite how much sleep they need.
When your puppy is overtired, they may appear to be full of energy, zooming around, which leads to you thinking more playtime or exercise is needed.
Your puppy may need help to encourage them to get the sleep they need. Again, using Lickimats, stuffed Kongs, and chews can help your puppy to wind down and relax.
Be mindful of where your puppy’s sleeping area is. If your puppy is being woken up frequently by comings and goings, then consider moving their bed or crate to a quieter spot in the home.
If your puppy is particularly bitey, then this could also be down to not getting enough sleep.
Have a look at our guide to puppy biting to help you identify the cause and solution! There are some tips here to help you build positive sleep associations, which can help encourage your puppy to embrace the sleep they so desperately need!
This phase won’t last forever. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at any point, then please know that it’s completely normal. Many new puppy parents experience the puppy blues at some stage, and sleep deprivation can be a significant contributor.
By staying close to your puppy, they will sleep for longer, which will positively impact on your sleep levels too.
If you need further support, then please get in touch or reach out to a positive dog trainer in your area.
You have a lifetime of joy ahead of you with your dog. One day you will look back on these early days through blissful rose-tinted glasses as you consider doing it all over again.
It’s worth every second.