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Top Tips On Helping Your Dog (and You) Get A Good Night's Kip

3 weeks ago

6th January, 2021 14h46

Dogs Trust

Anyone who has got a new puppy has always suspected it, but now a Dogs Trust study has at last confirmed it – puppies sleep for less time at night than older dogs and both age groups choose to be close to people, when given the option.

The charity’s ground-breaking Generation Pup study, which follows the lives and behaviours of  dogs as they grow up, investigated how their sleeping habits change in their first year at 16 weeks compared to 12 months.

The findings reveal that while puppies aged 16 weeks sleep for significantly longer than older dogs during the day, they sleep for less time than older dogs at night. By comparison, once a dog reaches one year of age, they are much more likely to sleep for longer at night – matching their human owner’s sleep patterns.

The study also threw up interesting revelations about our dogs’ sleeping habits. Given the choice to get close to their humans at bedtime, most dogs (86%) opted to do so.

Similarly, as dogs get older, owners may be more likely to let their canine companion sleep in the same room as them. The percentage of people who let their pooch sleep in their bed more than doubled within the first year, from 13% at 16 weeks to 27% at 12 months.

We can also reveal the top five most common habits dogs have whilst sleeping during the night, according to their owners:

The research also uncovered that the most common sleeping position for a dog is stretched out on their side.

With more people having welcomed a pup into their life during lockdown, Dogs Trust is providing owners and potential owners with top tips to help settle your dog at night to ensure everyone gets a peaceful night’s rest.

Top Tips:

Rachel Casey, Director of Canine Behaviour and Research at Dogs Trust, said:

“These findings provide a fascinating insight into what the nation’s puppies get up to when the curtains close at night and it’s time to go to bed.

“We know how testing it can be for new dog owners to settle their four-legged friends, especially in the first four months of a puppy’s life, and that’s why we are sharing our top tips for a good night’s sleep.

“Whether it’s making sure your pooch has had the right amount of exercise during the day, has a comfy and safe place to settle down or even just teaching ourselves to recognise signs of tiredness in a dog, these tips could help our pooches to drift off peacefully at night.”

Dogs Trust is calling on people across the UK and Ireland with a puppy under 16 weeks of age to sign up to the Generation Pup study, to help the charity learn more about our four-legged friends.

By taking part you could help us gain valuable insights into how our dogs’ health and behaviour change over time, to find new and better ways to care for our dogs.

For more information and to sign up visit

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