Be A Doggy-Do-Little
08.04.21 April 08, 2021 Owning a Dog

Be A Doggy-Do-Little

We all know how important sleep is for our overall health and wellbeing - and it’s no different for your dog either. The truth is, your pup needs their fair share of slumber to keep their tails wagging, but exactly how much shuteye do they need, and what can you do to ensure they’re getting enough of it? Our recent “Be a Doggy-Do-Little” campaign looks into the ways that we can help our precious pooches snooze soundly, but it’s vital that you appreciate what their sleep needs are. Keep reading to find out more about a typical dog’s sleep schedule, as well as some all-important bedtime tips and tricks.   Understanding your dog’s sleep needs First and foremost, it’s important to understand your dog’s sleep needs, as well as recognising the fact that they need this rest in order to stay feeling happy and healthy. Generally speaking, adult dogs need approximately 12 to 15 hours of shuteye per day, with this being split up into daytime naps followed by a longer stretch of sleep at night. Puppies, although bursting with energy, may require as much as 18 hours of sleep per day, and while they may struggle to sleep through the entire night at first, it’s nothing a little training can’t fix. It’s actually very normal for your pooch to spend about 50% of their day snoozing and 30% “resting”, meaning they are “active” for 20% of the day - but why does your dog sleep so much? For the most part, your pup will choose to take a nap when there simply isn’t anything better to do, and it could even be that your four-legged friend just really loves to lounge. It’s also important to note that larger breeds need to work harder in order to move around, meaning that they require time to rest, while smaller, younger and more agile pups tend to race about, burning up energy before crashing into a deep sleep until their bodies have recovered. When your dog needs to sleep, they will sleep, and it’s crucial that as their owner,  you allow them to get the much-needed slumber they deserve.   How to help your pup snooze soundly As part of our “Be a Doggy-Do-Little” campaign, we’ve explored a plethora of ways in which you can help your pup snooze more soundly. Make sure you check out the full campaign for our entire range of useful and practical tips - but if you’re keen for a sneak peak in the meantime, keep reading...   Comfort comes first Just like us, your pup needs somewhere comfortable to sleep in order to get the rest they need. If your pooch snoozes in a traditional style dog bed, make sure it’s big enough for their breed and size, as well as super cosy and cushioned. If your pet sleeps in a crate, you can make the inside snug with a bumper and a soft padded bed, and even include a drop-down cover on the outside for extra privacy. Ideally, their sleep space should be quiet, draught-free and warm, giving them the privacy they need to unwind and recharge.   Routine is everything Creating a simple but effective bedtime routine for your furry friend can work wonders in helping them get ready for a night of sleep. This routine can include timing their evening meal just right so that they are able to snooze on a full tummy, or adjusting this mealtime for puppies who may need longer to digest their dinner ahead of bedtime. It’s also a good idea to keep the vibe in your home calm and quiet in the hours before lights-out so that your pooch can get ready to drift off.   Good habits go a long way When it comes to your pup’s sleep schedule, adopting good bedtime habits can go a long way. For example, it’s worth fitting in a quick bathroom break before your pooch settles down for the night so they can relieve themselves, reducing the chances of them waking in the night. It’s also a good idea to avoid slipping into the habit of letting your furry friend share your bed. While it might be tempting to snuggle up, allowing your pup to sleep next to you can have a negative effect on the quality of sleep for you both, so it’s best that you stick to your separate sleeping quarters.   Better sleep, better health Like us, dogs need adequate sleep in order to stay feeling happy and healthy. Taking a snooze allows your pup to rest and recharge so they can wake up ready to take on the day ahead. For puppies, getting enough slumber is crucial for development and growth, while older dogs need their sleep to let their bodies recover from the day’s activities If your pooch is struggling to get the sleep they need, there are a number of small changes you can make to their diet that could help them drift off. For instance, it could be that your pup’s current diet is too energy-rich, meaning that they are not able to switch off properly. It’s thought that certain additives, proteins and other nutritional components have a lot to answer for when it comes to sleep and overall behaviour. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to do your research to figure out what type of food your canine pal should be eating based on their breed and age to help them sleep soundly. You could even offer your pup specially designed bedtime biscuit treats containing ingredients that can aid a blissful bedtime, such as honey, yoghurt and camomile. You might also want to consider offering your pup a natural sleep supplement, such as melatonin. However, it’s best to speak to your vet first to ensure you’re using the most safe and effective type of supplement for your four-legged friend. How do you make sure your pooch sleeps well every night? Share your tips and tricks using the hashtag #SleepForDogs. Your browser does not support the video tag.  

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We all know how important sleep is for our overall health and wellbeing - and it’s no different for your dog either. The truth is, your pup needs their fair share of slumber to keep their tails wagging, but exactly how much shuteye do they need, and what can you do to ensure they’re getting enough of it?

Our recent “Be a Doggy-Do-Little” campaign looks into the ways that we can help our precious pooches snooze soundly, but it’s vital that you appreciate what their sleep needs are. Keep reading to find out more about a typical dog’s sleep schedule, as well as some all-important bedtime tips and tricks.

 

Understanding your dog’s sleep needs

First and foremost, it’s important to understand your dog’s sleep needs, as well as recognising the fact that they need this rest in order to stay feeling happy and healthy.

Generally speaking, adult dogs need approximately 12 to 15 hours of shuteye per day, with this being split up into daytime naps followed by a longer stretch of sleep at night. Puppies, although bursting with energy, may require as much as 18 hours of sleep per day, and while they may struggle to sleep through the entire night at first, it’s nothing a little training can’t fix.

It’s actually very normal for your pooch to spend about 50% of their day snoozing and 30% “resting”, meaning they are “active” for 20% of the day - but why does your dog sleep so much? For the most part, your pup will choose to take a nap when there simply isn’t anything better to do, and it could even be that your four-legged friend just really loves to lounge.

It’s also important to note that larger breeds need to work harder in order to move around, meaning that they require time to rest, while smaller, younger and more agile pups tend to race about, burning up energy before crashing into a deep sleep until their bodies have recovered. When your dog needs to sleep, they will sleep, and it’s crucial that as their owner,  you allow them to get the much-needed slumber they deserve.

 

How to help your pup snooze soundly

As part of our “Be a Doggy-Do-Little” campaign, we’ve explored a plethora of ways in which you can help your pup snooze more soundly. Make sure you check out the full campaign for our entire range of useful and practical tips - but if you’re keen for a sneak peak in the meantime, keep reading...

 

Comfort comes first

Just like us, your pup needs somewhere comfortable to sleep in order to get the rest they need. If your pooch snoozes in a traditional style dog bed, make sure it’s big enough for their breed and size, as well as super cosy and cushioned. If your pet sleeps in a crate, you can make the inside snug with a bumper and a soft padded bed, and even include a drop-down cover on the outside for extra privacy. Ideally, their sleep space should be quiet, draught-free and warm, giving them the privacy they need to unwind and recharge.

 

Routine is everything

Creating a simple but effective bedtime routine for your furry friend can work wonders in helping them get ready for a night of sleep. This routine can include timing their evening meal just right so that they are able to snooze on a full tummy, or adjusting this mealtime for puppies who may need longer to digest their dinner ahead of bedtime. It’s also a good idea to keep the vibe in your home calm and quiet in the hours before lights-out so that your pooch can get ready to drift off.

 

Good habits go a long way

When it comes to your pup’s sleep schedule, adopting good bedtime habits can go a long way. For example, it’s worth fitting in a quick bathroom break before your pooch settles down for the night so they can relieve themselves, reducing the chances of them waking in the night. It’s also a good idea to avoid slipping into the habit of letting your furry friend share your bed. While it might be tempting to snuggle up, allowing your pup to sleep next to you can have a negative effect on the quality of sleep for you both, so it’s best that you stick to your separate sleeping quarters.

 

Better sleep, better health

Like us, dogs need adequate sleep in order to stay feeling happy and healthy. Taking a snooze allows your pup to rest and recharge so they can wake up ready to take on the day ahead. For puppies, getting enough slumber is crucial for development and growth, while older dogs need their sleep to let their bodies recover from the day’s activities

If your pooch is struggling to get the sleep they need, there are a number of small changes you can make to their diet that could help them drift off. For instance, it could be that your pup’s current diet is too energy-rich, meaning that they are not able to switch off properly. It’s thought that certain additives, proteins and other nutritional components have a lot to answer for when it comes to sleep and overall behaviour.

With this in mind, it’s a good idea to do your research to figure out what type of food your canine pal should be eating based on their breed and age to help them sleep soundly. You could even offer your pup specially designed bedtime biscuit treats containing ingredients that can aid a blissful bedtime, such as honey, yoghurt and camomile.

You might also want to consider offering your pup a natural sleep supplement, such as melatonin. However, it’s best to speak to your vet first to ensure you’re using the most safe and effective type of supplement for your four-legged friend.

How do you make sure your pooch sleeps well every night? Share your tips and tricks using the hashtag #SleepForDogs.

 

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These dogs were once employed as guardians of castles, estates, and livestock, showcasing their innate protective instincts and unwavering loyalty to their families. Physical Appearance Dogue De Bordeaux is characterised by its robust and muscular build, with a distinctive wrinkled face and a powerful jaw. Their short coat comes in various shades of fawn, ranging from light to dark, with occasional white markings on the chest and toes. Dogue De Bordeaux Personality and Traits Temperament Known for their gentle disposition and affectionate nature, Dogue De Bordeaux are devoted family companions. Despite their imposing size, they are remarkably gentle with children and possess a calm demeanour, making them excellent family pets. Loyalty and Protective Instincts Dogue De Bordeaux are fiercely loyal to their families and possess a natural instinct to protect their loved ones. While they may appear aloof with strangers, they form deep bonds with their owners and demonstrate unwavering devotion. Gentle Giants Despite their intimidating appearance, Dogue De Bordeaux are affectionately referred to as "gentle giants" due to their loving and docile nature. They thrive on human companionship and enjoy being an integral part of the family unit. Dogue De Bordeaux Health Issues Common Health Concerns Like all breeds, Dogue De Bordeaux may be prone to certain health issues, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, heart problems, and respiratory issues due to their brachycephalic (short-nosed) anatomy. Responsible breeding and regular veterinary care are essential to ensure their well-being. Weight Management Due to their large size, Dogue De Bordeaux are susceptible to obesity, which can exacerbate existing health conditions and impact their overall quality of life. Maintaining a balanced diet and providing regular exercise are crucial in preventing weight-related issues. Veterinary Care Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive care measures are vital for maintaining your Dogue De Bordeaux's health and detecting any potential issues early on. Raising a Dogue De Bordeaux Puppyhood When bringing home a Dogue De Bordeaux puppy, it's essential to create a nurturing and structured environment to promote their physical and emotional development. Socialisation, positive reinforcement, and establishing routines are key aspects of raising a well-adjusted puppy. Crate Training Introducing crate training early on can help provide your Dogue De Bordeaux with a safe and comfortable space of their own while aiding in housebreaking and preventing destructive behaviours. If you’re wanting to crate train your Dogue De Bordeaux, our Crate training guide has all of our Pet Experts top tips and tricks for making it as smooth as possible! Obedience Training Consistent and positive reinforcement-based obedience training is essential for fostering good behaviour and strengthening the bond between you and your Dogue De Bordeaux. Patience, consistency, and gentle guidance are key principles in effective training. Exercise Needs While Dogue De Bordeaux enjoy leisurely strolls and lounging indoors, they also require regular exercise to maintain their physical health and mental well-being. Aim for daily walks and engaging play sessions to fulfil their exercise requirements. Shop our walking accessories here. Dietary Needs Nutrition Providing a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for supporting your Dogue De Bordeaux's overall health and vitality. Opt for high-quality dog food formulated for large breeds and consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate feeding regimen for your pet's age and activity level. Some high quality brands to explore are Carnilove, Orijen and Acana, all three brands are rich in protein content and have specific large breed formulations to support your Dogue De Bordeaux at every stage of life from puppy to adult to senior. Feeding Schedule Establishing a consistent feeding schedule helps regulate your Dogue De Bordeaux's appetite and prevents overeating. Divide their daily food portions into multiple meals to aid in digestion and prevent bloating, a common concern in deep-chested breeds. Grooming Tips Coat Care Dogue De Bordeaux have a short coat that requires minimal grooming. Regular brushing helps remove loose hair and prevents matting, particularly during seasonal shedding periods. Bathing Dogue De Bordeaux’s are prone to skin irritation so we recommend using a sensitive formulation of shampoo when bathing them. PetPlex Derma doctor has been formulated specifically for dogs with sensitive skin, its fragrance, silicone and paraben free and full of mild ingredients so is great for sensitive puppies. Facial Wrinkles Pay special attention to the facial wrinkles characteristic of the breed, as they can trap moisture and debris, leading to skin irritation and infections. Gently clean the wrinkles with a damp cloth or wipe and ensure thorough drying to prevent moisture buildup. Nail Trimming and Dental Care Regular nail trims and dental care are essential aspects of your Dogue De Bordeaux's grooming routine. Trim nails as needed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort, and incorporate regular brushing and dental treats to maintain oral health. Best Beds For Dogue De Bordeaux Invest in a spacious and durable dog bed that accommodates your Dogue De Bordeaux's size and provides ample support for their joints and muscles. Opt for orthopaedic or memory foam beds to alleviate pressure points and promote restful sleep. All of our beds have a deep hollow fibre filling so are super supportive for your Dogue De Bordeaux’s joints, our Rhino tough range is a great choice for your Dogue De Bordeaux! Best Toys For Dogue De Bordeaux Choose sturdy and interactive toys that cater to your Dogue De Bordeaux's size and strength. Look for toys made from durable materials such as rubber or nylon that can withstand vigorous chewing and play sessions. Shop our durable toys here. Conclusion In conclusion, Dogue De Bordeaux are remarkable companions cherished for their gentle demeanour, unwavering loyalty, and distinctive appearance. By understanding their unique needs and providing them with love, care, and proper training, you can cultivate a fulfilling and harmonious relationship with your beloved French Mastiff. Remember, your Dogue De Bordeaux is more than just a pet – they are a cherished member of the family deserving of the best care and companionship. Whether you're considering adding a Dogue De Bordeaux to your family or already have one by your side, embrace the journey of companionship and revel in the joy of sharing your life with these magnificent creatures. With patience, dedication, and a whole lot of love, your Dogue De Bordeaux will undoubtedly enrich your life in ways you never imagined. Shop our handpicked collection for Dogue De Bordeaux’s here.

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