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Do Dogs Tell You When They Want To Go To Bed?

Written By: Sharon Waddington

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Dogs are well-known for their love of sleeping, but have you ever wondered why your furry friend seems to have a set bedtime? While some dogs may be able to stay up late and sleep in, many have a natural inclination to hit the hay at a specific time each night. 

Dogs may tell you they want to go to bed due to their natural circadian rhythms. Like humans, dogs have an internal body clock that helps regulate their sleep-wake cycle. This means they may feel naturally sleepy at certain times of day and more alert at others. 

Additionally, dogs’ sleeping habits can also be influenced by factors such as age, breed, and activity level. As a responsible pet owner, it’s essential to understand the reasons behind your dog’s sleeping habits and what they may be trying to tell you when they’re ready for bed.

By understanding why your dog may be ready for bed, you can help ensure they get the restful sleep they need to stay healthy and happy.

Frenchie Puppy In Dog Bed. Do Dogs Tell You When They Want To Go To Bed?

Signs Your Dog Wants To Go To Bed

Here are the signs to look out for to indicate that your dog wants to go to bed.


As a dog owner, I can tell you that one of the surefire signs my dog is ready for bed is when she starts to yawn excessively. 

It’s kind of hard to miss – her jaw opens up as wide as it can go, and she lets out this big, exaggerated yawn that almost makes me want to yawn too.

I mean, just look at her in the below photo!

But it’s not just a random bodily function – just like humans, dogs yawn to release tension and relax. 

And when my dog starts to yawn like that, I know it’s time to start winding down for the night. Knowing that she’s getting ready to snuggle up and get some rest is a comforting feeling. 

I guess you could say that our shared love for a good yawn is another thing that makes us best buds.

Signs Your Dog Wants To Go To Bed. A dog yawning.
Looks like Willow is ready for a nap!

Eye Rubbing

One of the cutest things I get to witness daily is when my pup starts to rub her eyes. 

It’s like she’s trying to wipe away the sleepiness and prepare for a good night’s rest. 

And honestly, who can blame her? We all know that feeling of wanting to just close our eyes and drift off to dreamland.

But beyond being adorable, I know that when my dog starts to rub her eyes, it clearly indicates that she’s feeling sleepy and ready to hit the hay. 

It’s kind of like a cue for me to start getting things ready for bedtime – dimming the lights, putting on some relaxing music, and ensuring she has her cushions on her bed.

Watching her rub her eyes like that makes me feel like I’m taking care of her and providing a safe, cozy space for her to relax.

Seeking Out a Quiet Place

I’ve noticed that when my pup looks for a quiet, cozy place to settle down, it’s a clear sign that she’s getting ready for bed. 

Sometimes she’ll burrow into her bed. Other times she’ll sneak off to a quiet corner of the house. 

Either way, I can tell that she’s searching for a peaceful, safe space to unwind and drift off to sleep.

And honestly, I can’t blame her for seeking a quiet place. We all need our little oasis occasionally; our furry friends are no exception. 

It’s like she’s telling me, “Hey, I need time to recharge and relax.” 

Watching her curl up in her little hideaway fills me with this sense of contentment, knowing she feels safe and secure in her home and won’t be guarding all night – as some German Shepherds do!

Napping During The Day

At first, you may be a little worried – is your dog not getting enough or too much exercise? Is he sick? But dogs that nap during the day often try to mcompensatefor lost sleep at night.

It makes a lot of sense – like humans, dogs need a certain amount of sleep each night to function properly. 

And if they’re not getting that restful sleep, they may need to make up for it during the day. It’s kind of like their way of catching up on some zzzs. 

Of course, if your dog is napping excessively during the day and still seems tired at night, it might be worth checking in with your vet to ensure everything is okay. 

But a little midday snooze can signal that your pup needs more rest at night.

Staring At You

A dog staring indicating it's ready for bed.
“Come on, Mom! I’m ready for bed!”

I’ve had my fair share of moments where my pup will just stare at me with this blank expression. At first, I was a little confused – was she trying to tell me something? 

Did I forget to feed her? But after some observation, I realized that it might be a sign that she’s getting tired and wants to go to bed.

It’s like her way of silently communicating with me – “Hey, can we wrap this up and go to bed already?” And honestly, I can relate. 

We all have those moments where we just want to curl up in bed and call it a night. 

Watching my dog stare at me like that makes me feel we’re on the same wavelength, and it’s time for us to both catch some zzzs. 

A little puppy stare can signify that it’s time for bed.


I know that feeling of tossing and turning all too well. And it turns out that our dogs can experience the same restlessness.

If my dog is restless and can’t seem comfortable, it’s usually a clear indication that she’s not getting enough sleep at night.

It’s kind of like a vicious cycle – if she’s not getting restful sleep at night, she’ll be more prone to restlessness and discomfort during the day. 

Watching her try to get comfortable, moving from spot to spot, just breaks my heart. But it’s also a reminder that I must ensure she’s getting the rest she needs.

Whether adjusting her sleeping arrangements or consulting with the vet, I know that a good night’s sleep can make all the difference in her comfort level during the day.

In addition, consider investing in a high-quality orthopedic bed, like the Big Barker Bed. My dog uses this bed, and she gives it a huge paw up.

But why?

A clinical study by the University of Pennsylvania found that the Big Barker bed reduced joint pain and stiffness, improved joint function and gait, and improved nighttime restfulness in large dogs with arthritis. It can also help prevent joint and mobility issues in the first place.

Sleeping More Than Usual

My pup has a pretty consistent sleeping schedule. But occasionally, she’ll start to sleep more than usual – almost like she’s trying to catch up on some shut-eye. 

And it turns out that might be exactly what’s happening.

If your dog starts to sleep more than usual, it could be a sign that they’re not getting enough rest at night and need to catch up. 

Maybe there’s been a change in their routine, or maybe they’re experiencing some stress or anxiety affecting their sleep. 

Whatever the reason, watching my dog sleep more than usual reminds me that I need to ensure she’s getting the rest she needs. After all, a good night’s sleep can make all the difference in her mood, energy level, and overall health.

So, if you notice your pup sleeping a little more than usual, it might be worth noting and trying to identify any potential causes. 

Maybe it’s time for a check-up with the vet, or perhaps you just need to adjust their sleeping arrangements. Either way, a well-rested dog is a happy dog.

Jack Russell Puppy In Bed


One of my favorite things is snuggling up with my furry friend.

And it turns out it might be one of her favorite things too. If my dog snuggles up to me in the house, it’s usually a pretty clear indication that she’s tired and wants to go to bed.

Dogs are social animals, and they often seek comfort and companionship when they’re feeling sleepy. 

Watching her curl up next to me fills my heart with warmth and joy. It’s kind of like her way of saying, “Hey, I’m ready to settle in for the night, and I want to be close to you.” 

And honestly, I can’t think of a better way to end the day than snuggled up with my best friend.


Do Dogs Tell You When They Want To Go To Bed?

Yes, dogs can tell you when they want to go to bed. They may exhibit excessive yawning, restlessness, seeking a quiet place, and snuggling up to you or other pets. Paying attention to your dog’s behavior can help you understand when they’re tired and ready for some rest.

How Can I Help My Dog Get A Better Night’s Sleep?

You can do several things to help your dog get a better night’s sleep. Make sure they have a comfortable and cozy bed, establish a consistent bedtime routine, provide plenty of exercise during the day, and minimize noise and distractions in their sleeping area. 

Providing your dog with a comfortable and supportive bed can significantly improve overall sleep quality and comfort.

Is It Normal For My Dog To Nap During The Day?

Yes, it’s normal for dogs to nap during the day. Dogs require a certain amount of sleep to function properly and may nap daily to catch up on missed sleep. However, if your dog naps excessively, it may indicate an underlying health issue.

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Sharon Waddington

Sharon Waddington is the founder of World of Dogz. With over 30 years of experience working with dogs, this former Police Officer has seen it all. But it’s her trusty German Shepherd, Willow, who steals the show as the inspiration behind this website. As Sharon’s constant companion Willow has played a pivotal role in shaping her passion for dogs.