Updated by Sheryl on Sep 18, 2021
Have you ever thought why your dog sleeps in different positions? If so, you might be curious to know the meanings and clues that your dog wants to convey to you. In fact, dog sleeping positions and habits reveal a lot about your furry friend's overall health and personality.
To understand the meanings behind the cues of sleeping position in dogs, we have gathered some dog expert’s opinions in this post. So, read on to get insight on what are the meanings of dog’s different sleeping positions. In this way, you can easily guess the feelings of your pet.
The most common and favorite sleeping position of dogs is when they sleep on their side with legs extended. It is, by far, the most relaxed, safe, and comfortable position.
Meaning: The side sleepers are loyal and trusting dogs. They can take rest anywhere but mostly prefer their bed. Canines mostly prefer this posture when they are in a deep sleep. Their extended paws are free to move if they dream. In addition, you’ll see more muscle twitching and legs kicking in a side sleeper during a nap.
Often, you might have seen your dog sprawled on the ground with its belly pressed on the flour, front legs stretch forward, and back legs extend behind them. It looks funny and awkward at the same time. But, mainly, young dogs and puppies prefer this position when nap time comes in between playtime.
Meaning: The superman sleeping position exhibits the playful personality of pups. It shows that puppies are taking a nap since they are too tired after a play session. But they don’t want to miss a chance of fun making and are ready to hop up again after refreshing.
It is the most common sleeping pose that wild animals prefer in the fall and winter months. They curl up in a ball and tuck all their limbs close to their body to conserve warmth. Plus, such a pose allows them to get up quickly if they need. It is also known as "the donut."
Meaning: This position means that a dog wants to ensure a sense of protection to itself. In addition, it needs to prevent warmth in a cold environment. However, it doesn’t mean that a dog sleeping in this way is uncomfortable in its surroundings.
If your dog likes to sleep cuddled up on another furry friend or the top of you, they want to get closer to you. A cuddler is completely comfortable when it is napping since it feels more secure in your company.
Meaning: This sleeping pose reveals that your dog wants to show its bonding, love, and affection with you. Mainly, puppies adopt this position in their early weeks. However, it should be discouraged since sleeping with your pets can lead to sleep troubles. Instead, encourage your pet canine to nap in its own dog sofa bed.
The funniest and cutest dog’s sleeping position is napping on their back with the tummy exposed and legs up in the air. It may look uncomfortable, but your furry friend is in a relaxed mood.
Meaning: Dogs prefer this position to keep them cool in a warm environment. They show a loving and trusting personality. Unfortunately, aged canines can’t sleep on their back due to arthritis. However, it doesn’t mean that they don’t love you.
This sleeping position is also known as the lion’s pose. In this position, your dog sleeps with its head on top of its paws. Some dogs adopt a posture with the front feet tucked in and back legs on one side.
Meaning: When your dog is sleeping in the sphinx position, it means it is not in a deep sleep and just resting. It will be ready to play if it gets a chance. The dogs that adopt this position are more loyal, protective, and devoted. They love to nap near your feet and by the front door.
When your dog sleeps under the pillows, blankets, and clothes, it is a burrower position. In the wild, most canines dig the ground to make holes or tunnels. They live and sleep in these holes. That’s why most pet canines have the same habit.
Meaning: The dogs that like to sleep in burrower positions are comfort seekers. To ensure extra security, they prefer to sleep under covers. In addition, they have affectionate personalities.
Most dogs prefer to sleep in a raised head and neck position. They place their head on an elevated surface such as a cushion or a pillow.
Meaning: The dogs that adopt this position have breathing issues. The raised head allows them to get more air and eases breathing. As a result, they sleep comfortably.
However, certain body injuries and inflammations also result in a change in the sleeping posture of your furry friend. So, keep an eye if you notice anything unusual and contact your vet as soon as possible.
Whether your dog loves to sleep on its back or next to you, make sure to provide a comfortable environment for your furry friend. The sleeping area should neither be too hot nor too cold. Also, keep a closer look at your pet’s sleeping habits; if it is uncomfortable and keeps changing positions, it might be suffering from a health problem.