Post updated on 4/2018
Recently I have been taking a lot of pictures of the dogs sleeping.
I don’t know what it is. They are just so darn adorable when they sleep and I am amazed at how many different sleeping positions that they have.
Here a few positions that I can find Leroy sleeping in throughout the day:
Back. All private parts fully exposed and airing out?
Stomach. I have no idea how a 150 pound dog can make themselves look flat as a pancake
Curled up in a ball. Cute and cozy, but how do they bend that way?
Which got me to thinking:
Do these different sleeping positions mean anything to my dogs?
According to an article at lovetoknow.com , yes they most certainly do.
There are 4 different types of sleepers.
1. Side Sleeper & Belly
Flat as a pancake! How does he do that?
Most of the time when the dog is sleeping on his side, or sleeping on his belly with all four paws out, he is simply dozing – although, sometimes he can go into a deep sleep on his side.
2. Back sleeper – Four paws in the air
Leroy can be found in this position at night, in his dog crate. How this is comfortable I have no idea. I actually stared at him for 10 minutes the other night trying to figure it out.
This is the position where they go into a deep sleep. Certainly one of the funniest of all sleep positions, your dog is on his back with all his legs up in the air. There are two main reasons why this tends to be where the dog gets his most relaxed dream sleep. One, his stomach is exposed to the air so he is able to keep cool. Two, by not being all curled up in a ball, none of his muscles are tense, and so he is able to be completely relaxed. I never knew that!
3. Curled up in a ball sleeper
Leroy can be found sleeping like this on the couch all the time. I think his bones are made out of bendy straws.
At first, one would think that this would be the deep sleep position, but according to Wendy Ness at Love to Know, this is actually a common napping position. A dog can wake up very quickly from this position. Versus at night in bed when they are all spread out, you can move up and down, and they don’t open a eye.
4. Laying back to back, or next to.
O.k., they’re not laying back to back but close enough.
This is not a common site in our house, but a welcome site now that I know what it means. Leroy’s like the annoying little brother that just won’t go away but Sherman is getting use to it.
When a dog sleeps back to back with its owner or next to another dog, they are bonding; they feel safe protecting each other and it’s a way of showing affection.
When there is a pack of dogs they tend to sleep all together, although sometimes the alpha dog will sleep apart or in a higher position.
Huh! Very interesting!
So tell me about your dogs sleeping positions? What position can they be most found sleeping in?