The average dog gets 12-14 hours sleep a day, but when they’re awake what does a typical day in the life of a dog look like?
We asked dog owners to share their dog’s happiest moments with us to build up a picture of what a dog's average day includes.
‘My morning begins with my dog bouncing on the bed’
“The funniest thing (on reflection, never at the time) is that when my youngest dog, Christopher, decides to bounce on the bed it’s usually because my oldest dog has woken up - and if she’s awake, my other dogs both decide that ‘that’s it, decision made, it’s getting up time' regardless of anyone else's viewpoint.” - Kim O’Meara
‘After we get up, it’s time for walkies’
“Nico goes for a walk, has breakfast and then enjoys her morning in bed! She likes to spend the day playing, training and another walk followed by dinner and cuddles.” - Emma Kay
‘My dog spends the day snoozing so he’s full of energy for us’
“Rocco sleeps most of the day, lazy boy, and then is full of energy to say ‘hello’ when we get home.” - Kim D. Parker
‘My dog spends her days at work with me’
“My dog isn’t always the best-behaved office dog, she has been known to steal lunches, but she keeps us all entertained, is fantastic company and a great stress reliever too.” - Lloyd Matthews
‘My dog’s day ends with him snoozing on his favourite toy’
“After a busy day, Austin’s day ends with sleeping him sleeping like this.” - Emma Bate
Thinking of getting a dog?
"We all know that dogs aren’t just a pet, but more like a true member of the family and if you have a dog, you know the devotion and commitment that goes into looking after your furry friend. If you're considering getting a dog, prospective owners should consider what support they have around them to help care for their animal. Voluntary support provided by friends and family can be invaluable and without it, many people may not be able to own a dog”, Prit Powar, Head of Pet Insurance at Direct Line told us.
He continued, “It’s important that you find the right breed that suits your lifestyle. If you know your dog will be alone for long periods at a time, you could exercise your dog early, give them diversions (possibly food dispensing toys or scatter food around), consider a dog walker or create a comfortable space for your dog.”