My experience over the weekend prompt this article, I was questioned by a new dog owner about a serious incident at his house. They newly adopted their first dog and they have a seven-year-old son. The boy went to give the dog a good night hug, but the dog was sleeping. He couldn’t tell, because his eyes were open. Yes, sometimes dogs sleep with their eyes open and it’s difficult to tell, particularly for someone new to dog. I know their family is facing some tough choices and anyone else to be in their shoes.
This is partially due to the fact that at one point, I was in their shoes. In my case, Max fell asleep while I was brushing him. He enjoys being brushed, but he had no experience being woken up by somebody touching him. He woke up and went for me. Luckily, I instinctively leaned back at just the right time and he bit my arm instead of my face. Even though some folks would have driven him back to the adoption kennel that night, but we were three weeks into Max’s adoption and I adored him. I understand that a dog returned for biting was going to face a very tough road to adoption and we determined to try and work things out with him rather than sending him back.
The importance of sleep with dogs
During sleep, the brains process the events of the day and the body can relax so that we can function properly the next day. Sleep with dogs (like humans) is very important. It ensures that they stay healthy physically and mentally.
What exactly is sleep?