Notable environmental changes can significantly impact your dog’s sleep, ultimately resulting in insomnia.
Some environmental factors include: moving, new household members, including a new dog or other pet, home construction, or the death of a family member.
There are some more subtle changes that we, as humans, may not notice but can cause changes in your dog’s behavior. For example, a new neighbor moves in and brings new noises such as loud cars or music, dogs, or children. We may think nothing of it, but dogs have much better hearing than humans.
Also, your mood or change in schedule can greatly disrupt your dog's behavior. Dogs are very intuitive and will often show signs of stress when their humans are upset. We may not always recognize it, but our dogs often act as a mirror to our mood.
A great example is COVID-19. Many dogs are impacted by the quarantine and lockdown, mainly because they feed off our stress. Plus, the family's schedule may also change your dog's routine, resulting in insomnia.
Many dogs who loved going to the dog park to see their canine buddies and get some exercise are also beginning to show signs of anxiety due to the lack of exercise.
And to throw your dog's world off, even more, you likely have returned to work, changing the routine once again.
The good news is, with your help, that many dogs can recover from stress brought on by environmental changes. Providing supportive care for your dog may help reduce their anxiety. Some of the things you can do to help your dog:
- Increase their exercise if your dog is healthy enough, dogs should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day
- Brain games such as puzzle toys or treat balls to redirect behavior
- Anti-anxiety supplements, chews, or therapies