Insomnia in dogs is a more common ailment than most would suspect. And while there can be many factors into why, the solution can often be easier to manage than dog owners suspect. First things first, identifying the problem. Why is your dog not sleeping, and what things can you do to change that?
First thing to look out for when a dog has more than a few sleepless nights in a row is whether or not that dog is trying to tell you something. Some dog’s cannot sleep when it is physically in pain or ill, so the first things you need to be aware of is if the insomnia is hinting at a greater problem. Like we tend to suggest, anytime you think something might be wrong, it is a good idea to bring your dog to the vet and make sure he is doing alright before you try to find solutions. If you do find out your dog’s sleeplessness is not the hint of a bigger problem, you can address it more concisely.
Is the house the dog is in more tense lately? Because our canine friends tend to pick up on things like that. If not, you might have a simple problem that a great deal of American’s have with their dogs. Sorry to tell you, but it might be overweight.
A dog’s level of sleep is often proportional to its level of exercise, so is the dog getting enough physical activity every day? If not, that could very well be your problem, and obviously, we here at dogPACER have a pretty simple solution as well.
But also, rather than becoming reactionary, remember, dogs are emotional animals, and sometimes, just like us, they just can’t sleep. And just because Fido can’t sleep, doesn’t mean you need to panic. And when all else fails, just take it for a jog and tire BOTH of you out, because in that scenario, everyone wins!