Why does my dog sleep on his back or sit and sleep?
Q: My dog seems to sleep with his head in the r on one side, sometimes right side up, other times right side down, and if he's laying down he's always on his back. He's not on his back to sleep though. If we try to roll him to his stomach he whimpers, but sometimes he'll roll himself to his back agn. How can we get him to lie on his back?
You might be experiencing a "sitting" dog, and it doesn't matter whether he is right side up or right side down. "Sitting" dogs often sleep sitting, but if they are tired or ill, they often fall asleep in a prone position. Your dog may also be experiencing a "standing" dog. "Standing" dogs sleep comfortably in a bipedal stance. When they sleep, they use their hind legs to support themselves on whatever surface they are sleeping on, and they sleep on their backs or their stomachs. "Sitting" and "standing" dogs have a common underlying physiology and a common problem. If you notice your dog sleeping in an odd position, you might try to encourage him to sleep in a more natural position.
The two most important parts of any sleeping situation for your dog are 1) support and 2) rest. Your dog should have sufficient support to make sure that his back is not strned, that his spine is not flexed, and that his shoulders are not hunched. He should also be given sufficient rest to let his muscles recover from the activity of the previous day. Sleeping situations must be evaluated carefully to see if the dog has enough support and rest. If he does not have sufficient support, he will find some way to add it. If he does not have enough rest, he will find some way to get more.
My dog wakes at 6AM and only gets 7-8 hours of sleep at night. Is this normal for a large dog?
I would not have a dog who sleeps that much. I think that a dog who sleeps that much should have a sedating drug in his diet (I would not use any of the "soporific" supplements for this), or at least a lot of exercise to tire him out during the day. I believe that too much activity interferes with his sleep. I would suggest that the best solution is to work with a professional who has experience in this area.
The answer to your question is "Yes." In fact, you might even be doing something that is hurting your dog. Dogs are designed to be active, and they need to exercise dly. They are not built to lie around all day. Dogs who do not exercise may be experiencing "low energy." Low energy can cause many problems in your dog's life, but it is most likely contributing to the excessive sleeping he is experiencing. However, I think that too much exercise would be detrimental to a dog's health and welfare, and I would strongly advise agnst getting a dog who is not an active, healthy pet.
How can I reduce my dog's excessive sleeping?
First, try to stop letting your dog sleep so much. Some dogs do not need as much sleep as others do. Dogs who are on the "edge" between an active and a sleeping dog are usually healthier and get less sleep. If you have a family pet, then you are likely at the "edge" now, and you should talk to your vet about getting your dog some sort of sedating supplement in his diet, and/or exercise more. If you are rsing the dog for hunting, then you need to be a strong influence for the dog, and you need to make him active and strong. You should use the "tough love" methods I discussed in the previous answer. If you have some sort of a medical condition that makes it hard for you to move, you may need to get a sedating supplement for your dog. Many sedating supplements are avlable from your veterinarian, online, and in most pet stores. It is wise to talk to your vet before you buy one of these products. If you do not see an improvement after a couple weeks of the supplement, you should look for a new, better one.
Why should I trn a hunting dog?
I would consider trning your dog if you enjoy trning dogs, if you like to compete with dogs, and if you think a hunting dog can benefit your family. This is an opinion, but the dogs I saw that were very successful in hunting, usually enjoyed exercise and trning, and also were trned to "show" with their accomplishments. This can be a very rewarding hobby that teaches you a lot about dogs, and it is an activity that will give you a positive outlook on your dog. I cannot stress how important this is. You will also develop a better relationship with your dog, and will find that he is easier to manage.
You must keep in mind that most dogs have different skill levels, and it is best to trn one dog at a time. If you trn more than one dog at a time, you will never see any improvement in your dog. It is a misconception that it takes months of trning to teach your dog how to hunt. It is more like teaching a small child how to walk. You need to show the dog that you are correct more than you need to correct the dog. Some dogs will take a little correction, and some will not. You may have to correct your dog more than a younger, more responsive dog, but you will ultimately find that all dogs are correctible to a certn degree. The mn factor is motivation, and dogs that enjoy trning or that understand the reward system will be more responsive to trning. As long as you have patience, are firm, and make sure you do not punish your dog, you will succeed.
I have found that I have to trn in three areas at once. I will trn a dog, then immediately trn a second dog that I am teaching. While I am teaching a new dog, I may be working a problem that the other dog has with another person or object. You have to remember that you cannot trn your dog in one area if you are working a different issue with another dog.
One of the things I have discovered about trning dogs is that the best way to trn your dog is to trn with him. I will not trn my dog without him, and I will not trn another dog without him being there. A number of you may have been around a dog when you were young, and you may not be aware of how important this is. Your dog is in charge. You do not make the rules or the commands. He is in charge. You cannot trn him while he is playing with a ball or tug-of-war or working for you. He has to be watching you, so that you can teach him. If you have a young dog that you are going to trn, be sure to put him in a trning class. He should have classes about two or three times a week. If you have a young dog that you want to be a family member or a service dog, you should take him to a behaviorist or trner that does not breed dogs for the pet industry. It is very important for any dog to be placed in classes with other dogs. You can learn a lot from being around other dogs, and you can help your dog by watching what other dogs are doing and doing what they are doing. You can look up the behavior of other dogs on the Internet. You can also use books that provide information on dog trning.
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