What your dog's sleeping position actually means – Wales Online

There are unique meanings behind each sleeping style
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Ever looked at your dog fast asleep and thought, 'how on earth are you comfortable sleeping like that'?. Humans are, of course, guilty of it too, but our four-legged friends can get themselves into some really odd positions, from being curled up like a donut to lying spread out on their tummies.
However, it turns out that there are some interesting reasons behind these odd poses, with every position telling owners something about their dog's personality or how they are feeling. If you're a dog lover, you can sign up to our TeamDogs newsletter to get the latest stories and cutest videos sent straight to your inbox for free.
Experts have found patterns between dogs' sleep positions and how they are feeling in the home, with each sleeping style having a unique meaning behind it. From anxiety to affection, the tell-tale signs are right in front of you as your pet catches some Zs.
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“It’s always a curious thought to wonder why our dogs are sleeping in such strange positions," said Nic Shacklock, from bedroom company Online-Bedrooms.co.uk. "So we wanted to find out whether there’s any pattern between their sleeping positions and how they are feeling in the home.
“Many dogs just love to sleep throughout the day, one moment they’ll be laying at the end of the bed and the next, they’ll be curled up in the doggy bed. From keeping warm in the donut position, to laying on the back when completely comfortable, we’ve found how each sleeping position has a special meaning behind them.”
Here is what the experts found:
This is one of the more humorous sleeping positions for dogs, where they are resting on their back with their paws in the air. Dogs' muscles are actually the most relaxed in this position, making it a positive sign to show how they trust you and are fully comfortable in the home. Having their legs in the air is also an easy way for them to keep cool.
One of the most common sleeping positions for dogs is to curl up in the donut position. This is a way for dogs to keep warm particularly during colder seasons, but it’s also a way to keep themselves always protected when feeling slightly vulnerable.
It’s the most popular way for dogs to sleep and it’s a good thing. Typically, dogs sleeping this way feel comfortable in their surroundings and are more relaxed in the home. If their legs are extended too, it means they are getting a good night’s sleep.
Two dogs cuddling up with each other isn't just a cute moment, there's a touching reason behind it too. This display of affection often means your dog is loving in nature and is bonding with their companion.
Another way your four-legged friend may choose to sleep is in the 'lion sleeper' position, where they lie on their front with their head resting on their paws. This means your dog is still relaxing their muscles, but is also on guard ready to jump back up. However, while it's good for a limited amount of time, if they remain in this position throughout the night then they aren’t fully settled.
This is a common sleeping position for puppies, but it’s consistent with many pets who are looking to play and have fun. In this position, they’re spread out with both arms and legs as if they’re ready to start flying. Dogs with energetic personalities typically sleep in this way as they’re still ready to get involved in some action.
If your dog is obsessed with burying themselves under blankets and toys, then they are simply looking for more ways to keep cosy and warm. But it’s also a strong sign that they’re seeking safety, which is often why your dog might be resting in a soft and fluffy pit.
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