Hi all, just curious, do dogs sleep for say an hour the wake up for fifteen minutes then sleep again? how does their sleep cycle work and how much sleep should they get in a day? Should I allow her to have a bowl of water in her crate at night? What are the rules for feeding and watering before bed time?
Hi all, just curious, do dogs sleep for say an hour the wake up for fifteen minutes then sleep again? ... a bowl of water in her crate at night? What are the rules for feeding and watering before bed time?

We have found that when our dogs are bored, they usually sleep. Then at night, they usually sleep. The times they don't sleep include going outside, going for walks, going for short drives, while training, while playing and while eating.
Many dogs who have water or food before bed will need to wake up during the night to potty. We feed our dogs twice a day - in the morning and at noon. They used to be fed in the morning and at 4 pm, but they have all made it perfectly clear to us over time that this is not an acceptable schedule.
We would not leave food or water in a crate overnight. We don't feed dogs before bedtime.
We leave water out in the kitchen for the dogs and they don't always have a drink before bedtime, but if they want to, it's there. Our dogs are 3 & 5, if that matters...
Hi all, just curious, do dogs sleep for say an hour the wake up for fifteen minutes then sleep again? ... a bowl of water in her crate at night? What are the rules for feeding and watering before bed time?>>

It depends on the indivdual dog and the circumstamces. Can you give us more details about your dog e.g age , breed, and her life style.
How much exercise does she get, how long is she in her crate for and why is she in it etc.?
Alison
Hi all, just curious, do dogs sleep for say an ... are the rules for feeding and watering before bed time?>>

It depends on the indivdual dog and the circumstamces. Can you give us more details about your dog e.g age ... black lab, se gets about four hours or more of exersize a day, she is two and a half almost

she is a very active dog
How much exercise does she get, how long is she in her crate for and why
she is a black lab, se gets about four hours or more of exersize a day, she is two and a half almost she is a very active dog

Four hours is actually a fair amount, depending on the intensity. Many working dogs figure out how to budget their energy and so when they're up they're really up and when they're not they sleep.
she is n her crate during the night and that is it, she is in for about 10 hours or so.

10 hours in a crate is awfully, awfully long.
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she is a black lab, se gets about four hours or more of exersize a day, she is two and ... is n her crate during the night and that is it, she is in for about 10 hours or so.>>>

That's a good amount of exercise. Dogs sleep a lot and a dog her age would sleep but be alert to what is going around them and wake if disturbed and then settle again.

10 hours is a long time and she would need a water bowl. Does she have tobe on her crate for that length of time?
Alison