You’ve probably noticed that your dog loves to sleep in a specific position. But have you ever wondered what the meaning of this dog sleeping position is? Firstly, it is important to remember that an adequate amount of good sleep is necessary for a dog’s well-being. Therefore, we suggest respecting your dog’s resting hours and try your best not to interrupt your dog when it is sleeping!
Do you want to know why your dog sleeps on his back or why he lays down on his side?
Here are 5 Dog Sleeping Positions And What They Mean:
#5. Passed Out
Dogs sleeping on their back with their paws facing upwards can be quite a funny dog sleeping position. But is this dog sleeping on his back position really comfortable? By exposing his most vulnerable parts, the dog unconsciously expresses well-being and lack of concern. This sleeping position can also become habitual in dogs that are nervous or excited. Does your dog sleep next to you on his back? Dogs laying on their back means that they feel very comfortable in their environment.
#4. The Fox position
When a dog’s paws are underneath him and his tail is wrapped around to his face, he is probably cold. This position allows him to keep as much heat in as possible. If you were to visit a wolf den (not recommended!) you would see them sleeping like this. If the dog is not cold, he could be apprehensive.
#3. On his side
Dogs sleeping on their sides is considered one the best positions a dog can adapt. This is because it allows them to be more comfortable and feel more relaxed. In addition, this sleeping position expresses that a dog feels secure, safe and comfortable enough to completely reveal his vital organs. In addition, this position allows them to reach their deepest sleep stages. When a dog sleeps in this position, movements or sleep twitching might appear more visible.
#2. Face down on his stomach
Dogs sleeping face down is another dog position common among puppies. We will generally notice that puppies will sleep in this position after intense physical activity. This position is the most natural for a puppy to take when he is exhausted and suddenly falls asleep.
However, this position is also very common in brachycephalic dogs (dogs with a short skull and snout). Brachycephalic dogs usually have trouble breathing. This face down sleeping position helps a dog breathe better. Some dogs also place themselves in this sleeping position when they are hot and want to cool down.
#1. Curled up
A dog normally sleeps curled up when he’s cold. There is no doubt that seeing our dog curled up in this position, wrapping himself in his own tail, is terribly cute! This curled up sleeping position is incredibly common among puppies; looking to feel safer and more protected. We can compare this to the same feeling we as humans feel with snuggling, and the same can be said for dogs. This different dog sleeping position is comfortable and helps a dog maintain both heat and security.