Puppy Symptoms of Fatigue

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Anyone who's been around puppies knows they seem to have an inexhaustible supply of energy. However, too much exertion can lead to overtired puppy symptoms and even injuries. Make sure you keep an eye out for overactivity in your new pet and make sure she gets adequate rest.


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Spotting warning signs

In addition to your pet slowing down, there are other warning signs a puppy is tiring, points out American Kennel Club Pet Insurance. If you've been training your puppy or playing a game and she begins not to perform as well, that could be a sign the dog is fatiguing. If the puppy loses interest in the game, that can be a sign she's tiring. If she begins yipping in protest, this overtired puppy aggression might be a sign it's time to stop and give your dog a rest.


Watch for yawns, sneezes or attempts to leave the area where you are training as exhausted dog symptoms and signs that it might be time for a rest or nap.

Lack of sleep can come from problems you can easily correct (such as lack of exercise), but can also stem from medical issues such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, anxiety or depression. If your dog is tired and listless during the day from a lack of sleep, contact your vet.


Provide adequate rest periods

Puppies can sleep 18 to 20 hours per day, according to Sleep.org. That means you shouldn't try to get your new dog to acclimate to your schedule. Don't be surprised if your puppy doesn't sleep through the night. She's getting used to its new surroundings and will be curious (or frightened) by things that go bump in the night.


If you have a grandfather clock, for example, you might want to turn off the chimes or gongs during sleeping hours, letting the dog get used to the clock while she's awake.

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Provide a calming environment

Talk to your vet about purchasing the right sleeping bed or blankets for your new puppy. Ask about the right room temperature for sleeping. Learn about feeding times and how they might affect your puppy's sleep. Finally, find out how much recovery time a dog needs after a hard play or exercise session before she will easily be able to sleep.


Having your dog with you for a run, a game of tennis ball retrieval in the yard or wrestling on the floor right before bedtime might get the dog wired and less likely to get to sleep quickly.

Puppies go to the bathroom more often than adult, non-senior dogs. For this reason, make sure to let your dog out before naps and bedtime.


Dogs like routines and familiarity. Try to follow the same schedule for your dinner, play and bathroom activities. Make sure your puppy sleeps in the same bedding in the same location each night to help provide familiarity.

Give your dog adequate exercise

Dogs will sleep easier if they've exercised during the day. If you can't spend time exercising or playing with your dog each day, hire a professional pet sitter or ask a neighbor to play with your pet. Who wouldn't love to spend time with a puppy each day? A pet sitter might also be able to take your puppy to socialize with other dogs.


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Again, don't try to exhaust your dog into sleep right before bedtime. Let it burn some calories multiple times during the day. If you have a treadmill and can set it up safely for dog walks, you can exercise a pet that way. Even having your dog walk on a treadmill at a slow, steady pace will help it burn calories and expend energy.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.