I sure do like to nap. Yup, I like to nap a lot. This might surprise you, but the whole time I’ve been training to become a very good therapy dog for humans, I’ve also been training to become just as very good of a napper. You know what? I think I’m on the right track.
You might not know this about me, but I have been trained by a real nap master. Her name was Phoenix, and she taught me a whole bunch of wisdom and smart teachings, even though she wouldn’t even let me in the bed right away. I guess I had to watch and listen first.
I sure did watch! If you’re going to learn how to nap, you’ve got to learn how to stay awake for hours on end, like Sandy. And you know what? After watching Phoenix sleep for hours and hours, I got pretty tired. Only, she still wouldn’t let me in the bed yet. I had to learn how to sleep on the floor first.
And I did! Now I can snooze on any surface. Except maybe the surface of the pool. Or maybe on the floor when I hear the distant brakes of the FedEx truck. And there was that magic moment when the Siesta Sensei finally gave me an inch on her bed.
Since I was her most ambitious student ever, I took a mile.
Then, one day, Phoenix went away and left me to continue her legacy of napping. I missed her very much, but I was very determined to practice and spread her teachings, even after I outgrew my training bed.
Napping is very important to dogs, and while people focus on training us when we’re awake, it’s just as important for us to be trained in the art of sleep. Just look at my technique now!
I think a lot of people forget to take naps because they think naps are lazy, but that just isn’t really that true at all. In fact, if I don’t get 20 hours of sleep a day, I can’t do my job right, and when you’re a very good therapy dog for humans, you need all the energy and focus you can get! Even if it means stealing your mom’s spot on the bed every night.
Don’t worry, though. The student is now the master, and I give lessons. Want to learn the best way to nap ever in the world? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.