Sometimes the behavior of the dog is not clear for their owners. Some dogs sleep a lot, others bark without reason. From the information below, you will learn what the causes are.

Sleepyhead

chihuahuaQuestion: My 10-week-old puppy sleeps a lot – is this normal? Quite often I check to see if she’s breathing, because she goes into a deep sleep throughout the day, in between periods of intense activity. Her explosive bursts of energy last for 10 minutes or so, then she lies down again as if exhausted.

Should I wake her during the day so that she sleeps at night-although she usually goes through the night without a murmur too!

Answer: The sleep pattern you describe appears to be totally normal for a pup that is growing. Sleep through the night suggests that she actually is getting sufficient rest, and having rests during the day between explosions of energy is just what dogs do – they rest in readiness for action. Going back to before the time when dogs were domesticated, they’d to have vast reserves of energy to hunt prey and live, and it’s a latent feature of our pet dogs which they do exactly the same. Most dogs are ready to go on a walk at any time of night or the day; they are prepared for action if their interest is stimulated by something.

Puppies grow very quickly – they go from birth to maturity within 18 months for large breeds, 12 months for smaller breeds. Contrast that with human babies, who take roughly 12 years to reach adolescence. It takes a lot of energy to grow, so sleep is an essential mechanism to conserve energy in all young animals, be they human at the canine. You’ve noticed that your puppy is full of energy and into everything one minute, and the next minute she’s sound asleep. It’s all perfectly normal, but if you have any doubts about your puppy, do check with your vet. Better safe than sorry.

Rocket launcher

terrierQuestion: How can I quit my nine-month-old Yorkshire Terrier barking from the bay window in our lounge? After I am out, he then launches himself at the window, making a dreadful sound along the way and sits on the back of the couch!

Answer: What our dogs do when we’re out of the house is important, and when I go to a home to look at a case of separation anxiety, I’m keen to address anything like this too. Such behaviour inevitably has an impact on a dog’s overall stress levels in and out of the home, and most of my work is about looking at ways to reduce stress for the dog, regardless of how that stress is being displayed.

So, on a practical level, there are a few things that come to mind that can be done to stop this kind of behaviour:

Option 1: Keep the door to the lounge closed. Simply stopping access is often the quickest and easiest approach in cases like this. Try to ensure your Yorkie can’t redirect his behaviour out of windows in other rooms by thinking ahead a little. Ensure he has a quiet location of his own, with a soft bed, warmth, light and water. It might be worth recording his sounds or movement in your absence to give you useful feedback and peace of mind.

Option 2: Move the sofa away from the window so he can’t use it as a platform from which to launch himself! This may help, but being a smaller breed, he is also likely to be quite resourceful and to carry on somehow…

Option 3: Use an opaque window film that blocks his view. I’ve had lots of great comments from owners who have used this relatively cheap and simple option. Your Yorkie won’t be able to see cut anymore, but it allows most of the light in, and should resolve the difficulty. You might only need to fit it about a third of the way up the window, and, after several months of behaviour that is calm, quiet, it is possible to begin to slowly lower the amount over a matter of weeks.

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