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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Sleep needed for pups

What would be the amount of sleep that a 5.5 month male pup would need per day.. A trainer I use says 16-20 hours a day and usually more sleep than they get on their own. I often feel bad if pup is in crate for a bit. but if they need many hours of sleep what is the harm? So how many hours per day do we think is the correct amount?
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It depends on the puppy, its energy and drives. Low and medium drive puppies are going to sleep more then high drive pups and/or pups with high energy. For intance... My Gala, from the day I got her she would not lay down for a split second (I'm not joking). If I wanted her to take a nap, I would have to put her in a crate. Other pups will just lay down and take a nap on their own. Leave it to the puppy, unless of course you have a "Gala" and you need to put him in a crate once in a while to give YOU a brake!

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Mine is almost 5 months - he sleeps in his crate from 9pm-6am. He takes a nap around 10am for an hour or so and then around 7pm he gets really lazy, not really sleeping though, just a lot of laying around.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 08:04 AM
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dogs and pups sleep all of the time. i wouldn't
leave a pup or a dog in a crate longer than
3 or 4 hours. i'm sure they can go longer
but i like my dog being comfortable. when
my dog was crated my neighbor came in
every 3 to 4 hours to let him, give him a snack,
stay with him for a hour (sometimes).
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My 12 week old puppy sleeps 90% of the time he is in the house and he lives in the house. Sleeps from 11pm to 7am in the morning. When I watch TV or spend hours on the computer he sleeps right at my feet almost always.....really nice pet dog. I love it and think you have to allow that each puppy is different and have different metabolisms.
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