When your dog is lying in bed fast asleep, he probably looks downright peaceful and adorable. They may lie completely motionless and mostly silent, apart from the odd peculiar sound as they dream about cheese, tennis balls, and never-ending walks. Many dogs lie in a variety of unusual positions when they sleep, and recent research has revealed you can tell a surprising amount about your dog just from the positions they sleep in. This article will run through the most popular sleeping positions and explain to you what that says about their health and their personality.
You may frequently see your dog dozing all snuggled up nose-to-tail. But why does your dog sleep like this and what does that mean? A 2010 article by Nicola J. Rooney & John W. S. Bradshaw uncovered some interesting dynamics from the behavior of dozing dogs. If your dog is sleeping all curled up it could well be to protect its vital organs. On top of that, it could be a sign that it’s cold and trying to retain as much body warmth as possible. So get over there and put a blanket on your canine friend!
This position could also illustrate that your dog does not feel totally safe. So you may see your dog sleep in this position more frequently if you are staying in an environment they are not used to. When your dog feels totally relaxed and comfortable, you may see it sleep more like the next position.
It is a particularly humorous position to see your dog dozing in, and certainly not the most elegant. But if your dog is flat out on its back with its legs pointed here, there and everywhere, then this is actually a reassuring sign. This illustrates how truly relaxed and comfortable they feel around you!
This position could also mean more than a chilled, sprawled out dog though. The fur is thinner around the belly and the sweat glands are in the paws, exposing them in this way helps cool your dog when it is particularly hot. So don’t be surprised if you see your dog lounging around like this in the summer, they’re probably just trying to stay cool.
Another popular and incredibly cute sleeping position owners find their dogs in is the superman position. Does your dog sleep on its front with all four legs outstretched as if it’s a stalking cheetah? This is particularly common in puppies and that’s because they’re always looking to quickly jump up and play. This echoes the findings of the American Journal of Physiology, who started by looking at the significance of diet on the energy of dogs, and in their work uncovered some peculiar other factors too, such as sleeping habits.
If your dog sleeps in the superman, they are probably fit, healthy and raring to go. So stop reading this and go get your lead, because your dog is probably itching to go for a walk!
How your dog sleeps can reveal a tremendous amount about how they’re feeling and their character. Dogs that sleep in a curled up, contained position, may be trying to retain warmth and protect their vital organs. In addition, it may be a sign they do not feel totally relaxed. Dogs that sleep in a spread out position, such as on their back, or in the superman position, usually feel safe and are healthy. Keep an eye on your dogs sleeping position, for any unusual changes may be a sign something is wrong and advice from a vet may be needed.