Man's best friend needs a lot of sleep: puppies sleep about 90% of their time, and an adult dog about 65%, and if they don't get their quota, they can be aggressive. It is therefore important to take all precautions to ensure that your pet is rested and healthy.
Firstly, it is crucial to choose where they sleep. Indeed, their sleeping place will also determine their place in the hierarchy: if you let them sleep in a high place, they will be in the dominant position. You must therefore ensure that they're sleeping in a place where they cannot monitor everything that happens in the house. The choice of bedding is vast: carpets, mattresses or basket, this is not important. The main thing is that you can machine wash it, and that it is large enough for the comfort of your favorite companion. If your dog is sick (eg osteoarthritis) they will require a substantial thickness to make them feel at ease. If you notice that they sneeze, it is possible that your pet is allergic: the bed must be replaced by another natural / hypoallergenic material. You can also choose to let them sleep outside. In this case, make sure that they have a shelter from wind and moisture, keep it clean and disinfect it every month.
Let us now focus on your pet's sleep, and its several cycles (usually three ) , composed of two phases of sleep.
First, there is the deep or slow-wave sleep : brain activity has slowed , but the muscle tone is maintained. Then there is the paradoxical or REM sleep : brain activity is intense and you might even believe that your dog is awake! All their muscles are relaxed and that is when your companion dreams : they may move their legs, jump or even bark ! We think they relive the activity of their day. REM sleep lasts an average of 6 minutes and it appears every 20 minutes. Each cycle lasts about two hours: 1:30 of deep sleep and 30 minutes of REM sleep. Sleep is crucial for your companion : it allows them to set theirmemory and thus learn better (like us ) . In addition, this is the time when metabolism recovers, which is why older dogs sleep more than young ones!