Is there anything cuter than a snoozing puppy? I’m definitely one of those people who bust out the camera as soon as my pups fall asleep. Because, you know, they’re just too cute not to document the sweet moment! While any sleeping pooch is awe-worthy, did you know that your dog’s sleeping position actually says a lot about his personality? Read on as we decode a few popular positions!
Curled In A Ball
In the afternoon, I often catch my pups prancing around in circles until they eventually lie down in a perfectly curled little ball. While they may look super cozy, this is actually the least comfortable sleeping position for a dog. That’s because dogs need to use their muscles to stay curled up like that. So, here’s the big question: If this position is an uncomfortable one, why do canines rest like this? Well, there are a few beliefs.
- Experts say it’s a defensive position since it’s the easiest for them to spring up and jump into action.
- It’s also a position that helps dogs stay warm. Since dogs don’t regulate their body temperature like humans do, when canines are cold, they may circle around until they wind themselves into a tight little ball. The tighter they can tuck themselves, the warmer they’ll be.
On Their Tummy With Legs Spread Out – Like Superman!
This is another sleeping position that is easy for dogs to wake up and spring into action. It’s a popular position for puppies because it’s easy for them to open their eyes and immediately start playing.
On Their Side With All Fours Stretched Out
When my dogs and I tuck into bed for the night, my Chihuahua, Diego, immediately runs under the covers. After a few adjustments, I usually find him on his side with his legs fully stretched out to the side. Have you ever caught your dog in this position? Good news: Experts say this is a very comfortable sleeping position for your pooch. It’s a sign that your dog feels comfortable in his surroundings and is relaxed.
On Their Back With All Fours In The Air
With a fully exposed belly, this is one of the most vulnerable sleeping positions for a dog. It’s one of the toughest for him to jump up from. Experts say, when you catch your dog resting in this position, it’s a sign that he’s feeling safe and secure!
Pressed Up Against You
This is a sign that your pooch loves you and views you as part of his pack! In the wild, wolves sleep huddled together in packs. It helps them keep warm and feel safe. Well, just like wolves in the wild, dogs are pack animals and like to sleep huddled together. If your dog sleeps near you, take that as a sign that he’s comfortable and views you as family.