Why do Dachshunds sleep so much – Doxie Sleeping Habits

Do Dachshunds sleep a lot

Overall, Dachshunds probably don’t sleep a lot more than other breeds of dog. However, Dachshund do enjoy their sleep time. There are many reasons for this.

Firstly, Dachshunds were bred to hunt Badgers and small prey. This type of hunting requires quick bursts of full on activity. When they are sleeping it is to restore and recover, or to conserve energy for the next burst of action. Even though Dachshunds are pets nowadays, they still use this method of short bursts of activity with lots of rest in between.

The other factor that will determine how much your Dachshund sleeps is age. A puppy will sleep more than an adult Dachshund. And as they get older and enter their senior years they will sleep more than a younger active Dachshund.

How long do adult Dachshunds sleep

An adult Dachshund over a year old will sleep 13 to 18 hours a day. This includes snoozing and dozing. A nap can be anything between 10 minutes to an hour. The times a Dachshund will sleep tends to adjust their owner. When you go to bed, they usually will also.

As a Dachshund puppy becomes an adult they will sleep less meaning they will have more awake time.

When a Dachshund is awake they will be fairly active and want as much of your attention as possible. Dachshunds are energetic and smart. They require sufficient exercise and mental stimulation and enrichment. For a guide to Dachshund exercise see here.

A bored Dachshund with pent up energy will look for ways to entertain themselves. This doesn’t always end well.

How long do Dachshund puppies sleep

A Dachshund puppy will sleep 16 to 22 hours a day. This includes napping and snoozing during the day time. This can be hard to believe as Dachshund puppies seem to be full of energy. They are and will be very active when they are awake.

As a puppy is using lots of energy for growing and learning about the world around them, quality sleep is crucial. Ensure your Dachshund puppy has a comfortable bed and a safe place where they won’t be bothered.

Crate training a Dachshund puppy is highly recommended. A crate gives them a safe haven and also helps with training. This includes potty training and learning not to bark. The key is to not let them out of the crate while they are making a noise. They will learn very quickly that if they want to be released from the crate to be quiet.

When to be concerned about your Dachshund’s sleeping behavior

As we have discussed, your Dachshund will sleep a lot in a day including dozing and snoozing. This is not usually anything to be concerned about. If you do notice a dramatic change in your Dachshunds sleeping patterns, it may be a sign that they are unwell. Consult your vet if you have any concerns.

Narcolepsy, which is a disorder that affects a dog’s ability to stay awake for extended periods of time is an inherited condition in Dachshunds. Dachshunds are also prone to back issues. If you Dachshund is avoiding sleeping on their back or curling up, it may be a sign their back is sore. This is especially true if they normally sleep in those positions.

How to get a Dachshund puppy to sleep through the night

The first few nights you bring your new Dachshund puppy home can be a night of disrupted sleep for you. Your new puppy is in an unfamiliar place and has been from their mother and siblings, they are probably suffering from separation anxiety. This is a stressful time for a young pup. Whining and vocalizing are how they communicate their loneliness and fear to you.

Even after the first week, it is important to teach your Dachshund puppy good sleeping habits to prevent sleepless nights.

Here are suggested ways to get your Dachshund puppy to sleep through the night whether it is their first night or they are an older puppy.

Tire them out

Keep your Dachshund puppy up and active, playing with them to help him get worn out. Exercise for a puppy is different from that of an adult Dachshund as they are their bones and tendons are more fragile. For a guide to exercise for a puppy see here.

It is also important not to underestimate the importance and value of mental exercise and enrichment for your puppy. Mental stimulation can tire a puppy or dog just as much as physical exercise. A tired mind results in a tired puppy. See ways to provide mental stimulation and enrichment for your puppy here.

Limit food and water before bed

Avoid giving your Dachshund puppy food and water about an hour before bedtime. If they go to bed with a full stomach and bladder, you’ll be getting up more than once during the night to let him out. Even if you have them in a crate with a potty pad for them to go on it will still wake them.

Once they are awake they may start whining to get your attention. Young puppies usually need to go to toilet about every two hours. If they have had a chance to toilet before bedtime and have an empty bladder they will wake up less for this reason.

Keep them in your room

If possible, let the puppy sleep in your room with you. This lets your puppy feel as though they are part of your pack and they know where you are. Do not let them sleep in your bed. At least not at first. If you want them to sleep with you when they are older it is a different matter.

A trick you can try is to put their crate on a chair next to your bed. This way they are at the same level as you and can see you.

Place an analog clock in their bed

This is an old school trick. Wrap a ticking clock in a blanket and place it in their bed. This stimulates the heartbeat of their mother. This really does work. You can get ticking clocks from Amazon here.

A similar approach is to put an item such as a blanket in with them that has their mother’s smell on it. This may not always be possible, but if you are getting your puppy from a breeder it is worth asking. Alternatively, use an item that smells like you.

Calming music

Provide ambient background sound for your puppy. This can be a radio turned to a low volume so it doesn’t bother you. You can even get calming music for puppies. Just search “calming music for puppy” on Utube.

Consistent routine

Dogs like consistency and routine. Have a set routine for sleep time. This means going to bed at the same time each night and having them sleep in the same place. Also, keep bedtime a low key and don’t make a big fuss.

You can simply say bedtime and then put them in their crate or lead them to their bed. A puppy will quickly learn the word “bedtime” and before you know it they will just put themselves to bed.

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Where should your Dachshund sleep

Most Dachshunds will sleep anywhere they feel comfortable. However, it is a good idea to have one or two spots where they know they are meant to sleep. More than likely they will pick their favorite spots. These spots can include: –

  • Their dog bed. Give them their own comfortable dog bed and place it in a comfortable, safe area for them. This can be under a table or in a corner of the room. It should be a warm area in the cooler weather and a cool spot for when the weather is warm.
  • Their crate. If your Dachshund was crate trained as a puppy, there is no reason to not use it once they are older. You can leave the crate with the door open so they can come and go as they please. Ensure they have a comfortable bed and any blankets they need.
  • In your bed. Most Dachshunds love to share your bed. The majority of Dachshund owners are fine with that and probably wouldn’t have it any other way. Ultimately this is a personal choice. We will discuss thatmore below.

Should your Dachshund sleep in your bed

This can often be a tricky subject. Many people would disagree with you having your dog sleep in the same bed as you. On the other hand, around half of dog owners do sleep with their dogs. And let’s face it. Dachshunds don’t need a lot of space.

For a dog, this is perfectly natural as they sleep with their mother and siblings when still in the litter. They are also a pack animal and sleep together in the pack. You are part of their pack.

My little dog, Asia, sleeps on my bed and has done from around the second week I had her. For the first few days, she slept in a crate. This is important so she learned not to make a noise or get up to no good when I was asleep.

For the safety of your Dachshund, it is best to make sure they have a way to easily get on and off the bed. This can be a set of dog stairs or preferably a ramp.

There are generally two objectives that people have about a dog sleeping in a human’s bed. Firstly, they think that it will lead to dominance and behavior issues. If a dog has a behavior issue, it is not rooted in them sleeping on your bed. Most behavior and aggression issues are the result of fear and poor leadership.

The second objection is that it is unhealthy. This is not a worry as long as both the person and the dog are healthy. It is extremely rare for a human to be able to get a disease from a dog. The one exception would be ringworm. You will also want to make sure that your Dachshunds flea and internal worm treatments are up to date.

Can Dachshunds jump off beds

A Dachshund should never be allowed to jump off furniture, especially something as high as a bed. Dachshund’s long backs and short legs make them extremely prone to back issues. One in five Dachshunds is likely to get Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). To learn more see how common are back issues in Dachshunds.

Jumping off something can trigger IVDD in Dachshunds or cause it to flare up. It is recommended to provide your Dachshund with a ramp so they can get on and off your bed safely.

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Why do dachshunds sleep under blankets

Dachshunds were bred to hunt Badgers. This included tunneling into the Badger sett. It is their natural instinctive behavior and they feel comfortable in small, dark spaces.

Denning behavior is also natural for them. They also like to feel warm, comfortable, and safe in the place they chose to sleep.

Does my Dachshund need a bedtime

Dogs thrive on routine. Having a set time and schedule will let your Dachshund know when it is time to sleep. Most Adult Dachshunds will go to sleep when you go to bed.

Can your Dachshund sleep outside

The Dachshund as a breed is not well suited to living or sleeping outside. They thrive on company and being close to you. Your Dachsund will want to snuggle up with you.

Many Dachshunds that are put outside to sleep are likely to bark and vocalize, or even try to escape.

In addition, they are not well suited to being outside in cold conditions, Their coats are simply not thick enough, especially the short coat Dachshund. Long hair and Wire coat Dachshund do a little better in the cold, but it is not ideal for them.

Dachshund sleeping positions

How your Dachshund lays when they are asleep can tell you a lot. It not only shows their character and personality. It can also be a good indication of their health and mood.

Here are some common sleeping positions of dogs and what they mean.

Crazy legs

This is where a dog is lying on their back with their legs splayed up in the air. A dog that is sleeping like this is showing a combination of submission and vulnerability. With all four legs in the air, a dog’s stomach and organs are completely exposed, which means they are probably independent, laidback, and feeling very comfortable and safe.

Side Sleeper

This position is a common sleep position that is typically reserved for naps. However, it is possible for some dogs to sleep like this for longer periods of time. The side sleeping position is a relaxed one and demonstrates complete trust since their tummy is exposed. Side sleepers are usually very calm, care-free, usually have a strong bond with their families.

Superman

This is when your dog is asleep stomach down with their front legs stretched forward. Many dogs like this position as they can get up quickly when they are awake.

Legs Up, Back Down

This is similar to the Crazy Legs position, instead, their front paws are laying over their chest while their back legs are extended completely in the air. In this position, a dog can be lying on either their back or their side.

This position often indicates that your dog is hot and trying to cool down. A dog’s paws contain sweat glands, and their belly has the least amount of fur on their body. Ideal for bringing down body temperature. 

Belly Curl

In this position your dog will be sleeping on their tummy, often with their front paws tucked backward. Sleeping like this does not allow for a dog’s muscles to relax enough to enter deep sleep. Good for a nap, but not for a good night’s sleep.

Curled up

Similar to the Belly curl it allows a dog to protect their belly and trap heat. It can mean they are either a bit cold or apprehensive about something. Alternatively, it is just a comfortable and warm way to sleep.

Hopefully, we have been able to answer any questions you had about your Dachshund’s sleeping habits. Let us know in the comment about your Dachshunds sleeping habits.

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