Does Your Dog Have a Certain Sleeping Style?
- 17 May 2017
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- Pet Wants
At Pet Wants, we love helping dog owners learn more about their pets. As a dog owner, you already know that your pup has a unique personality, so it probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that different dogs have their own preferences for sleeping. Not only can the specific way a dog prefers to sleep differ based on whether it spends most of its time inside or out, but other factors like conserving body heat or being ready to spring into action can also affect a dog’s preferences.
When a dog chooses to sleep on its side, it means several things. In addition to feeling very comfortable with everything that’s around, side-sleeping also indicates a sense of security. While this type of dog may actually enjoy “guarding” the house while awake, this position indicates your pooch feels comfortable passing the torch to you when it’s time for a nap.
A lot of dogs enjoying curling up in a position that brings their paws under their body and tails up to their face. This position is a way for a dog to protect itself, as well as conserve body heat. However, that doesn’t mean a dog who sleeps this way is aggressive. Most are quite easy-going and gentle when awake.
There are dogs who take sleeping on their stomach a step further and assume a position that looks like they’re imitating Superman. This position isn’t something a dog gets into by accident. Instead, it’s generally a reflection of a dog’s energetic personality, as the pose allows them to quickly spring into action upon waking up.
Legs in the Air
Of all the positions a dog may take while sleeping, this is one of the craziest. But just because a dog may look a little funny while it’s sleeping in this position doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong. In fact, dogs who sleep this way feel confident about themselves and their home. This position is commonly seen in dogs who are both laid-back and on the independent side.
On the Back
Plenty of dogs who sleep on their backs don’t put their legs up into the air. This position still shows that a dog feels very comfortable and isn’t concerned about any potential threats. A dog may also decide to sleep on its back as a way to cool down.