Do Bernedoodle Puppies Sleep A Lot?May 26, 2021 2021-08-24 4:53
Do Bernedoodle Puppies Sleep A Lot?
Do Bernedoodle Puppies Sleep A Lot?
Today we want to explore how much sleep a Bernedoodle puppy needs, and how you can encourage healthy sleeping habits!
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How much do Bernedoodle puppies sleep?
Sleep is extremely important for a puppy’s physical and mental development. It is important for their owner’s sanity, too! A little puppy can be a fulltime job requiring near constant supervision and interaction.
You turn around and your pup has gotten into your flowerpot, started to chew your shoes or had a potty accident inside … so puppy naps are a godsend!
Bernedoodle puppies do sleep quite a bit in general. You can expect that a 2-3 months old puppy will sleep about 16-20 hours a day. There is a lot of variation however based on your specific dog, his daily schedule and environment. Let’s look at what can influence how much your puppy sleeps:
Factors influencing sleep
Your Bernedoodle’s parents
Genetics are strong. It is not all “how you raise them”. Your puppy is the result of his parents’ genes, and he will behave accordingly. If your Bernedoodle pup’s parents were laid-back, low key dogs, chances are that your Bernedoodle will be a rather sleepy puppy.
When selecting parents, breeders look for different factors. They consider the temperament (such as how friendly and calm mom and dad are), but also other traits such as colors (like for the Parti Poodle), size and, of course, health.
Especially if you are a first-time dog owner, you should check with your Bernedoodle breeder how active and energetic your puppy’s parents are to get an idea of his energy level.
Your daily schedule
Young puppies need a daily schedule, just like babies and toddlers do. If you let your puppy potter around as he wants, chances are he will only sleep if he is incredibly tired.
A puppy should take a nap at least every 2-3 hours (more often when they are very little). The longer your pup stays awake, the more cranky he can get. This leads to bad behaviors that will frustrate you, such as biting and tearing stuff up.
If you don’t have a routine, your puppy will sleep a lot less than if you have clearly scheduled activity and sleep times. Once you follow a routine for your pup, he will quickly adjust and be ready for his nap when the time comes.
Other dogs of the household
If you have other dogs in your home, chances are your Bernedoodle puppy will be enamored by them and hardly get any sleep at all. Again, it is very difficult for puppies to settle down by themselves and sleep. The more constant input and stimulation they have, the harder it will be to get them to sleep.
You should generally not let your puppy pester other dogs in your family all day long. Supervise their interactions and make sure other dogs have plenty of “puppy-free time”.
Not every grown-up dogs accepts or likes pups. They are to them like other people’s toddlers are to you – fun for a bit, but not 24/7!
If you make sure to separate your Bernedoodle puppy from other dogs of the household, he will sleep a lot more. This will result in him being in a better mood and being up to less trouble!
(Of course, this also applies to other pets that might live in your home. Many Bernedoodles love cats for example, and puppies might need some kitty-free time to rest well!)
Your Bernedoodle’s mindset
It is really important to teach puppies a calm and relaxed mindset. Little pups are often wired all the time, and it can be difficult to get them to relax!
You should encourage a calm state of mind by giving your Bernedoodle plenty to chew. Puppies should chew for at least 2-3 hours every day.
Sounds intense? It is! But if you do not provide appropriate chew items for your pup, he will find another outlet for all that energy and you are probably not going to like it …
How to build good sleeping habits for your Bernedoodle
You can set your puppy up for success when it comes to sleeping habits.
First, provide him with a comfortable crate or exercise pen in a quiet room. You should make this as snuggly as possible for him. All puppies like to snuggle up to corners – it seems to remind them of cuddling with their mom and littermates. You can put blankets and pillows into the corners of your puppy’s crate to make them extra snuggly for him.
After your Bernedoodle puppy had a period of activity, put him in his crate or den. Give him something to chew and make sure nobody disturbs him. Many pups sleep best if they have company, so you can read a book, watch TV or do some computer work nearby.
Your puppy should sleep for somewhere between 45 minutes and 3 hours. Set up these nap times frequently for him and he will become a good napper!
My puppy sleeps all the time!
If you find that your puppy is unusually sleepy and hard to rouse at all, visit a vet. While young pups do require a lot of rest, they should show you plenty of energy in between. If your puppy is not interested in exploring, playing and wrestling, you should have him checked out by a veterinarian.
There are a number of conditions that can cause puppies to be unusually calm and sleepy, and your pup should be evaluated for them as soon as possible.
The Bottom Line
Bernedoodles are not an extremely high-energy dog breed, but some puppies can fight their naps. Make sure to set your puppy up for success by providing a daily schedule and regular nap times for your puppy. All puppies should sleep every 2-3 hours throughout the day to avoid crankiness and poor behavior such as biting.
By making calm chewing and resting periods part of your daily schedule, you are on the right track for a lot of sleep in your Bernedoodle puppy!
If your puppy is unusually sleepy and doesn’t want to get up at all, take him to a veterinarian. He might have a condition (such as intestinal parasites) that require treatment.