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What does you dog think


about drinking water?

What does you dog think about drinking water? Not very much! When it comes to survival issues, an animal’s instincts take over. Yes, they get thirsty and need to drink and will look for water, usually, but not always. Why would a dog who needs hydration not immediately seek water? Instincts. If a coyote was not in it’s home territory, he would forego taking on water until he was in a familiar place. A dog also follows it's purposeful instinct to wait to fill up on water until he is at home base from time to time. That's a pretty amazing instinct that humans can easily have difficulty recognizing as natural and healthy.

At Kennel Creek, our guests are introduced to all kinds of important socializing opportunities. They meet new dogs and play, all in an unfamiliar environment at first. Knowing what we have learned about the canine nature, we always provide clean, readily available water yet understand if an animal may choose to fill up at home if they are only with us for daycare, and especially if they are still getting familiar with their "home away from home".

Dogs take time to feel comfortable in a new environment. If they are in a boarding facility staying overnight, their need for water will cause them to adapt quickly. If they are staying for the day and their routine is to go home every day, they may rarely drink at the facility but wait until they are in their home and then take on all the water they need. Observing this for some pet owners may cause concern. If you are using a reputable facility, they will have water out for your dog the entire time they are with them. I started bringing my dogs to work with me 6 years ago. They stayed in my office with water available the entire time. Guess what. They both waited until we got home to drink or eat. Because our routine was going home everyday, it took about two years until they started drinking at work.

When should you NOT give your dog water? This seems like a dumb question. Most people would be appalled at the idea of ever withholding water from their dog. And they would be almost right…except, when you have a larger dog, 50 lbs or more and you are getting ready for heavy activity. A large dog, particularly a dog with a large chest can be susceptible to bloat. Bloat is in my opinion a poor description of a dogs stomach twisting. What can happen is when a dog jumps and changes directions quickly, if his stomach is full of food or water, it can actually twist inside cause the entrance and exit to be cut off. In this case there are only two solutions. A very expensive surgery to right the stomach, or a decision to put your dog down. That makes the decisions about when to feed, give water and play hard all tied together with the larger breeds. This is not a common occurrence, but can happen so be thoughtful with your large dog.

At Kennel Creek, we never feed right before playtime for the big dogs and monitor their drinking habits carefully. We know you care about this issue and we hope sharing this will shed light on a rarely discussed but important part of understanding the instincts that guide our dog's behavior.



How Long Do Dogs Sleep Per Day?

The average amount of sleep for adult dogs is 12–14 hours per day, although it really depends on a number of factors, such as breed and age.

Typically for instance, a Chihuahua will snooze peacefully at their owner’s feet. Later, wake up, eat, go outside for a bit and play — and then it will be nap time again. What a life, right?

Unlike people, who are usually awake all day, then sleep at night, dogs don’t have a regular sleep regimen. They catch several short naps during the day.

In a 24 hour Period, How Long Do Dogs Sleep Per Day?

  • Adult dogs sleep 12–14 hours per day on average
  • Puppies sleep 18 hours per day or more

—Source: Canine Behavior: Insights and Answers

If your pet sleeps more or less than the average, it’s not necessarily cause for alarm. Every pet is different.

“It depends on so many different factors such as environment, breed, sex and age of the pet,” says Dr. Pierre S. Bichsel, DVM.

How much of the day do dogs spend sleeping?

  • Around 50 percent of a dog’s day is sleep
  • Approximately 30 percent of the day is rest (mostly awake but inactive)
  • Dogs are active only about 20 percent of each day

—Source: The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know

Naps During the Day

Time spent napping depends on the dog’s age and personality. Different breeds also seem to have different sleep requirements. Large breeds, such as mastiffs and Saint Bernards, generally spend a lot of time sleeping — up to 18 hours a day.

True, dogs do sleep more than humans, but they don’t sleep as soundly as we do. When they sleep and how much they sleep depends on the level of activity in their lives.

Why do they scratch to get their beds ready sometimes?

Your little buddy probably cocks his head in wonder as you fuss with your sheets and blankets while making the bed. Meanwhile, when you notice your dog scratching, pawing, sniffing, turning around and then scratching some more at his bed, you might be cocking your head yourself.

Instinct

Pet dogs are related to coyotes, foxes, wolves and other wild canine creatures that dig dens to raise their pups. A den serves as protection from the elements and from predators. Although your domesticated canine probably lives in great comfort -- with perhaps his own house and bed, and with no fear of being snatched up and eaten -- he may still desire to sleep in a den-like environment, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Scratching at the bed is instinctual; it's what your dogs’ wild kin have done for ages to soften the ground.

Comfort

You plump your pillows or arrange your bedding just the way you like it before you sleep to get comfortable. Your dog likes to be comfortable, too. It can be funny to watch some of the rituals: A dog might head-butt the blanket, dig at the bed and spin around several times or more. Your dog is behaving as he would while gathering moss or leaves to make a relatively comfy bed outside, said James Glover, a retired New Jersey veterinarian, in Pet Peoples Place. Your dog is probably not signaling to you that he finds his bed uncomfortable, but you could consider adding some extra padding or blankets to see whether it cuts down on or increases the pet's nesting action.

—Source: Laura Agadoni

Kennel Creek Pet Resort offers naptime, playtime, and more. We serve the Overland Park, Ks area and would love for you to come by and let us show you how we are different. Call us today at 913-498-9900 or come by anytime for a tour at 10750 El Monte St, Overland Park, KS 66211-1406 and see why we are better.

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