Does it seem like your rescue dog is sleeping too much? Normally, healthy adult dogs sleep about 13 hours per day. In fact, they may spend about half of their life sleeping. Still, your new dog should be relatively active when you are. So why might he or she be sleeping too much, and what should you do about it?
Dogs don’t sleep all at once at night. Instead, they nap for a few hours every day during both day and night. If it seems like your dog is sleeping a lot, it may simply be that you are catching him or her when they are napping. They may be more awake when you’re sleeping, when you’re at work, or when you’re otherwise occupied.
For a new rescue dog, this is pretty normal. In the shelter and in their former life, they may have had a routine that is very different from the routine you like to keep. Maybe they were often walked at the shelter when you’re at work. Or, maybe their former owner worked nights. Whatever their former schedule was, your rescue dog will slowly adjust to your schedule.
It may also be possible that your dog is having trouble adjusting to the sleeping conditions you’ve offered them. Prepare a bed, but also give them access to a hard surface like a hardwood floor, and furniture to snuggle beneath, like a coffee table. Some dogs prefer harder surfaces, and most like to be enclosed in a den-like area with a roof.