How Much Sleep Does Your Dog Really Need?

If you have a dog, you’ve probably noticed that he sleeps for most of the day. Do you ever ask yourself, “How is he SO tired? She doesn’t do anything all day!” I’ve found the answers.

Whenever I’m on my computer, watching TV, or doing homework, my dogs are usually sleeping on the ground right next to me.

I often question if they’re just sleeping because they’re bored and have nothing else to do, or if they’re actually tired. I looked into it, and here’s what I found out.

Humans don’t need as much sleep as dogs do because they follow a binary sleeping pattern, which means that we’re typically awake for around 12 hours and asleep for 8. Dogs, however, do not follow this sleeping pattern. Instead, they typically spend half of their day sleeping, around seven hours of their day awake but inactive, and only around five hours of their day playing.


This is because humans spend 25% of their sleep in REM, rapid eye movement, which is the “deep sleep” part of our slumber where our dreams occur. Dogs only spend 10% of their sleep in REM, and because of this, they need more sleep to achieve the rest that they need to properly function.

You’ve probably seen your dog dreaming before. Their eyes and paws are usually moving in their sleep and they might make little whimpering noises. They’re probably just dreaming about chasing squirrels and eating ice cream.

The more active your dog is, the less sleep he or she will need.

To keep your dog active for more hours of his day, you can try taking him for more daily walks, playing fetch with him in the backyard, taking him to the dog park, or going for a swim in a nearby pool or body of water.

While out on your adventures, make sure to have a Scout GPS Tracker on your dog’s collar so you can track him from your smartphone in case he ever gets lost.

So next time you see your dog taking a nap, try not to wake him up. He’s probably catching up on some much-needed rest!