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Decoding Your Dog’s Sleeping Position

dog sleeping positions blogJust like people, dogs have different preferences when it comes to sleep. Below are explanations behind three of the most common canine sleeping positions:

Belly Up: If your pup snoozes with his belly exposed to the air, it’s likely he feels pretty relaxed and content in his home. The belly-up sleeping position is also more common during the summer months, when temperatures are a little too warm for canine comfort.

Curled up in a ball: Many, many dogs sleep snuggled up in a little ball. This sleeping position is a natural instinct for canines, conserving body heat and protecting their vital organs from potential predators. This doesn’t mean your four-legged best friend doesn’t feel safe in your home, it’s just a cozy, secure way to catch some z’s. If this is your dog’s preferred sleeping position, you might want to invest in a comfortable dog bed to help keep your pup warm and content.

Under the covers: If your dog tends to crawl under the covers when it’s bedtime, there’s a good chance he thrives on companionship with the human members of his pack. Some breeds, like the Dachshund, are more prone to burrowing.


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{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Vicki Tittle June 3, 2015, 6:42 am

    I have one of each!

  • Yvette June 3, 2015, 8:17 am

    What about stretched out on their side? I have two German Shepherds. One stretches out on the floor and one sleeps on the couch

  • Linda Szymoniak June 3, 2015, 11:29 am

    I lost my deaf hound girl, Ran, to an autoimmune disorder in April. Prior to that, she would always sleep curled up behind my knees (I’m a side sleeper) – and she’d make sure her butt was pushed up against mine. She would always have some type of body contact with me. Deaf dogs are often called “velcro dogs” since they have a strong need to know where their humans are – and love contact with them. It’s been hard to sleep without Ran against me – she did start sleeping up on top of the bed with her head on my neck, but for nearly five years she slept butt-to-butt.

  • Francis June 3, 2015, 5:22 pm

    Only one describes my dog. Belly up. Other than that, She sleep on her side.

  • Gladys June 4, 2015, 4:33 pm

    My senior Cocker sleeps upside down in her bed with head hanging over bed sometimes laying on floor with body higher than her head. She looks pretty relaxed and is snoring lol

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