do they sleep?
A Westie's favorite sleeping place is your bed. Or even better-your pillow.
Short of that, they may be satisfied sleeping on a fleece dog bed, right
beside your bed. But don't be surprised if you get a midnight visitor.
Many Westies are capable of jumping up into your bed and probably will
any chance they get.
If you are trying to get a puppy to sleep in his
own bed, try wrapping a warm (not hot) hot water bottle in a towel. Your
puppy is a heat-seeking missile and may go for it although the warmth
of your body with its rhythmic beating heart is far preferable.
Some Westies will sleep with other companion pets
or a favorite toy. Whatever the routine, dogs are creatures of habit.
It is difficult to change after a habit is entrenched.
The first time you see your Westie sleep on his
back with his feet in the air, you may be somewhat disconcerted. This
is the pose of a completely secure, relaxed dog. If he is sleeping in
this position, you are doing something right!
It is not unusual to see a Westie sleep with his head falling out of the
bed onto to the floor. Although it looks very uncomfortable to us, it
must feel good to them.
Amount of Sleep
A healthy adult dog will sleep 50% of the day and
straight through the night. Puppies and dogs recovering from surgery sleep
about 70 to 90% of the time. Like most predators, a dog sleeps when nothing
else is going on to reserve his strength for the big hunt. A change in
the amount of sleep warrants watching, but for the most part, sleeping
during the day is normal.