“How is that possible? Everyone says that the beagle is a fury, that it does not stand still not even for a minute…but my beagle is always sleeping! Are they healthy?”
This is a fair question. Indeed, a beagle that “always sleeps” seems strange, especially because this breed is known for tenacity, great energy and the need to channel it continuously into constructive activities.
The reality is a little different from clichés. More detailed, sleep is (obviously) a fundamental activity for every dog but their rhythms are not the same as ours.
Therefore, there is almost never anything to worry about if your beagle seems to be a sleepyhead. A dog naturally splits its sleep cycle along 24 hours instead of one particular night’s sleep.
If you have any doubt and think you have a dog that “sleeps too much,” here are some tips that can help you get an answer.
Let’s make sure it’s healthy!
It seems the most general consideration, but it’s the first step that can dissolve your doubts. Having him/her checked.
So, asking the opinion of a vet can help you to understand if the beagle has some illness or ailment of which excessive sleep may be one of the symptoms.
A puppy needs a lot of sleep.
Same as us humans, a young dog needs much sleep to allow his brain to develop by recording the experiences lived during the day.
The classic behavior of a puppy is to suddenly alternate moments of absolute bustle with moments of deep sleep.
This is normal, and we should not be worried because for the puppy sleeping is an essential tool for its healthy development.
That’s why, when having a puppy, it may help to satisfy its basic needs in the morning before going to work.
For example, after a pleasant walk and its breakfast the dog will be calm and satisfied. Then he/she will gladly fall asleep in our absence, enduring much better being alone.
A bored dog can sleep more than usual.
One day, I had a talk with a lady who wanted to tell us about her dog and one of the first things she said was, “Look, this is just the luckiest dog in the world; it’s always on the couch!”
I made sure she wasn’t joking and in fact, she was sincerely convinced.
However, whereas for some humans spending all day on the sofa could be a dream, for a dog this situation is deleterious.
Of course, if you are always in the living room the dog could get a nap on the couch, but it would be a behavioral adaptation to your own: to be close to you it will come sitting on the sofa. Even though this might be comfortable, it doesn’t mean that it would be the maximum for his/her life.
In fact, a sedentary lifestyle turns into boredom for a moment.
Often boredom in a dog does not occur with sleep, but sometimes a dog that is deprived of being active or simply having a weak relationship (or none at all) with the owners, may take refuge in an excessive sleeping.
In any case, if you satisfy his/her basic needs every day, and we spend some quality time walking, playing and interacting, we can be rest assured, his/her naps will almost certainly be “authentic” and just the result of that splitting off its sleep in a 24-hour period.
So, do not worry if your dog seems to be a sleepyhead; if they are healthy and you have a good relationship with him/her everything is fine. Having some naps during the day alternating it with other activities is normal!