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The Importance of Rest in Puppies at Home and at Doggy Daycare

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Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exhilarating experience, but it’s crucial to acknowledge the significance of rest in puppies in their early development.

Puppies, akin to human babies, need ample sleep for proper growth and overall well-being. During their initial months, puppies may slumber up to 18 to 20 hours a day. Sufficient rest supports healthy brain development, aids in emotional regulation, and enhances the immune system.

Establishing a safe and secure, serene and comfortable sleeping space, adhering to a routine / consistent sleep schedule, and providing a snug bed are indispensable factors in ensuring your puppy receives the rest they require.

 It’s vital to note that over-exercising should be avoided to prevent potential joint damage. When selecting a doggy daycare provider for your puppy, it’s vital to check their understanding of the specific needs of puppies and how they are catered for.  Puppies have developing bones and joints, and excessive physical activity can lead to issues later in life. Striking a balance between play and rest is essential for fostering a happy and healthy puppy.  At Acres 4 Dogs we take great to manage every guest puppy or dogs day is based on its age and breed ability (we always separate pups from adults). 

Our puppy and doggy daycare team are trained professionals and take the greatest of care for your puppy to get the very best experience every visit and rest is an integral part of that regime.

How much rest does my Puppy need?

The amount of rest a puppy needs varies depending on factors such as age, breed, size, and individual energy levels. Puppies require a lot more sleep than adult dogs because they are still growing and developing. Here are some general guidelines for rest puppies need:

8 to 12 weeks: Puppies in this age range still need a lot of sleep, around 15-20 hours a day. They have short bursts of energy and playfulness, followed by long periods of rest.

3 to 6 months: As puppies grow, they may start to sleep a bit less but still require about 14-18 hours of sleep per day. They will be more active during their awake periods and engage in more play.  It is important to manage how intense pups play and exercise is.  Ambling and playing are all part of development and is strictly monitored at Acres 4 Dogs doggy daycare and it is important that owners are aware to greatly restrict high impact or endurance / long periods of play, long walks etc.  Fitness exercise should not be done while pups joints, bones, muscles and ligaments are developing as this may cause long term damage.


6 to 12 months: Puppies become more active during this stage, and their sleep needs may decrease to around 12-16 hours a day. However, individual variations exist and to reiterate, it is important to manage how intense your pup/ juvenile dog play and exercise is.  Rough and tumble, ambling, playing and occasional spurts of charging around are all part of development and are incorporated into pups days at Acres 4 Dogs doggie daycare.  It  is important to restrict high impact or endurance / long periods of play, long runs etc.  .

It’s essential to provide puppies and juveniles with a comfortable and quiet place to rest. Allow them to sleep undisturbed to support their growth and development. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and individual puppies may have different needs. Always monitor your puppy’s behaviour and adjust their routine based on their age, breed ability, energy levels and overall well-being. If you have concerns about your puppy’s sleep patterns, exercise levels or behaviour, it’s a good idea to consult with a veterinarian.  If a broad enquiry our team at Acres 4 Dogs puppy and doggy daycare would be happy to take a call and offer some suggestion.

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