Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Dog Sleeping Positions – What Do They Mean?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 3 ·
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We all have many pictures of our furry friends on our phones. Most of them are probably your dog sleeping because dogs can sleep in many funny-looking positions. But did you know dog sleeping positions mean something? Let’s talk about the meaning behind the way your dog sleeps.

Sleeping On Their Side

This position is one of the most common. If you see your dog sleeping on their side, they usually have their legs stretched out in front of them. If they shift their weight, it’s probably to move onto their other side.

Dogs can sleep in this position anywhere in the house or outside as long as they’re comfortable. This sleeping position means that they feel relaxed and safe. This position is where your dog will get into a deep sleep because they’re that comfortable. Also, their temperature is suitable, meaning they’re not too hot or too cold.

The Lion’s Pose

Also known as “the sphinx,” this sleeping position is when your dog rests their head on its front paws. Their back legs may be tucked under them or sprawled out behind them or to the side.

Your doggo might be in this position if they sleep at your feet. This position means your dog is resting, but they’re still alert.

For example, they’re not in a deep sleep and will jump up at a moment’s notice to play or bark at someone at the door.

Superman

This sleeping position is also known as “the sploot.” Your dog will be in this position if they’re lying on their belly with their front legs and back legs stretched out behind them. 

When dogs lay in this position, they’re resting but are ready to jump up and play at any moment. In most cases, they’ll lay down in this position after playing a lot, and they’re too tired to carry on. So they’ll plop down anywhere in this pose.

The Donut

This position is when your dog is curled up in a ball with its paws tucked around its body and tail, wrapping them up like a blanket.

This pose is common when dogs are trying to preserve body heat. Also, they may lay like this if they’re trying to protect themselves. Finally, it’s common for new dogs still try to get used to their new home.

Cuddling

When your dog cuddles close to you or another animal, their position doesn’t matter. They only want to be as close to you as possible. So, they might be in any sleeping position as long as they’re touching you.

On the other hand, if you let your dog sleep in bed with you, they might lay on top of you. Alternatively, if you have other animals in the home, they might curl up beside the other dog or cat.

The Burrower

Like humans, some dogs prefer to be under a blanket. So they create a nest in the blankets and pillows on the couch or bed and burrow themselves under them.

When your dog does this, they’re looking for security and comfort. Also, they might do this in the winter months, and they’re trying to stay warm.

If your pup likes to sleep like this, there are dog beds that create a nest-like sensation. Also, you can buy them their security blanket.

Belly Up

If you see your dog lying on its back with its legs up in the air, you can rest assured that your doggo trusts you completely. Also, they’re comfortable in their environment.

On the other hand, they might sleep in this position because they’re trying to cool down. Their belly is a heat source, and they sweat through their paws. So, with their belly and paws up in the air, it helps to cool them down.

Back To Back

Like the cuddler, when a dog sleeps with its back to you or another pet in the house, they trust you completely. It’s a sign of intimacy and affection. Their back will be pressed up against you in most cases, whether you’re on the couch or lying in bed.

Belly On A Cold Surface

Whether it’s on the cool pavement or the kitchen tile, if your dog is lying face-down with its belly on the ground, they’re trying to cool off.

If you notice your pup doing this, especially on a warm day, you can help them cool off by getting a cooling mat to sleep on, turning on the air conditioner, opening a window, or giving them a frozen treat.

Head Raised

Sometimes, your dog might sleep in any of the positions listed above but with its head raised on a nearby surface. In some cases, your dog might prefer to sleep this way.

However, if you notice your dog sleeping like this more often, it could signify that they have breathing issues. For instance, this pose is common in dogs with chronic heart disease.

So, you can bring them to the vet to get them out just in case.

All Dog Sleeping Positions Are Adorable

There’s a reason for everything dogs do, and their sleeping positions are one of them. So you can tell a lot about how comfortable your dog is at home by the way they sleep.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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