Dog sleeping a lot

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Dog sleeping a lot

I recently brought a puppy home from the shelter. When I was picking her up, she was sleeping a lot, but now that she's living with me she doesn't seem to sleep that much. It's been over two weeks since I got her and she still sleeps around 12-14 hours a day. The other day she woke up around 11am and didn't want to go back to sleep until I woke her up for about 10 minutes at 4pm. I've noticed other dogs at the shelter are sleeping around 10-12 hours a day. Is this normal puppy behavior for the first couple of weeks? She's been eating fine and seems to be active. She has a good appetite, she's only about 8 pounds, so I don't think she's overweight.

It's normal for your puppy to wake up in the night. Just like humans, puppies tend to get a lot of sleep at night.

If the puppy is not getting enough sleep it could be because of:

- Lack of exercise (Puppies get tired out quickly and need exercise and play)

- Lack of stimulation (puppies do best with a lot of social stimulation. Puppies that are lonely tend to get very cranky and depressed)

- Puppies that have just come home from the shelter may not be used to having a lot of interaction with people and may need more time to get used to being around humans.

- Puppies that have been isolated may need to have a few days to get their strength up

- Puppies that are sick may need to have extra rest.

It sounds like your puppy may need some extra playtime and social interaction. Do you have a big backyard? If not, get some dog-walking neighbors to take her out for a walk every night or you can take her out for a walk every day if that works for you and your schedule. Also, try to take her out for a long walk every couple of days. Puppies need exercise. If you don't already have a crate for your puppy to sleep in, now is the time to get one.

As for sleep, she's just starting out. It's not abnormal for her to sleep 12 hours a day. She will grow out of it.

As long as she's not sick, and she doesn't look tired, and is still eating normally, then you're probably doing fine. The most important thing is that she's not being bullied and that you give her lots of attention, playtime, and love. She'll get more sleep as she grows up and gets more used to living in the house.

If she's sleeping 12-14 hours a day and she's still eating normally, there's nothing to worry about. If her stomach is bloated, if her tongue is dark, if she's tired, if she's constantly pooping more then usual, then there's something wrong and you need to take her to the vet right away.

Thank you so much for the quick reply! It's a big help. I didn't realize that puppies could get so tired. I don't have a big backyard so we take her out for a walk every other day, but she's been doing fine. It's also nice to know that she may sleep for another week or so before she'll get tired and need a nap.

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