Recently acquired pitbull that has a sleep problem
Asked Mar 13, 2012, 07:23 PM
Recently acquired a 7 week old pit that has nightmares. Should we wake him or let him sleep through it? We have been waking him and providing as much reassurance as we can but we neede to know if we are doing the right thing for him. >email address removed<
Dogs have weird sleep patterns, it doesn't have to be a nightmare, and most dogs will be fine if you let them sleep through it. It could just be a reaction to a new home environment. But I am sure all the extra reassurance won't hurt either
how do you know he is having nigtmares? he needs his sleep remember and having nightmares isnt a major problem it cant hurt the dog he is still very young when did you get him? where does he sleep?just make sure you are righ beside him if is scared or yelping or if he wakes up and his heart is beating really fast or shaking be there too comfort him and talk too him.
Again, why are you convinced he is having nightmares?
Dogs dream, yes, They may whine, act as if they are running, grunt, even bark.
And you may get bitten startling a dog from sleep.
If your pup is frantic or upset then you may need to discuss this with your vet when you take your newly purchased puppy in for his first check up and vaccines.
what wives tales? What makes you think they are nightmares? I doubt it is collective memory at 7 weeks old; dogs move in their sleep,, their legs move as if running,, they whimper, they growl, doesnt mean nightmares.
If you want to hear something real, dont wake him up. A seven week old puppy will appear to sleep his life away, but in fact, this is the time they are growing.
Why did you ask your question many times, it wasnt necessary, we can all read what you want to know
You have gotten some great answers so far. Do not wake the pup to give reassurance! Giving reassurance , comfort or praise will send the dog mixed messages, he doesn't understand what you are doing and can easily learn the wrong lesson from your comfortable. All my dogs dream, they run in their sleep, howl, snap and even bark. Like a human, its a natural thing for the brain to do during REM and NREM sleep. Stages of Sleep: REM and Non-REM Sleep Cycles Waking a person, and I assume a dog, further disorients them.
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