How Does Your Dog Sleep? Part 2!

July 17, 2015

How Does Your Dog Sleep? Part 2!

Some days all it takes is to see your dog sleeping and a smile will cross your face. Everything from laying on the back with the feet in the air to curled up in a tiny ball. Have you ever moved your dog in their sleeping position because you were worried about their neck in that position? 

What does their sleeping position tell us about the dog and how does that relate to their sleep cycle?

Stomach Sleeper
This is the "quick move" position so they can stay alert and move quickly. 

Side Sleeper
The side sleeper is comfortable with their surroundings and often will go into Stage 5 sleep in this position

Ball Sleeper
Curling up into a little ball is the favorite sleeping position for outdoor dogs as it is the safest position with the limbs, face, throat, and vital organs protected as much as possible.  It also conserves body heat.  Dogs who sleep curled up in a ball are not getting a very deep sleep as they feel the need to stay alert.  

Back Sleeper
I smile when I see my dog sprawled on its back with feet in the air.  Maybe I smile because that a dog will sleep on their back when they feel very secure and confident and it tells me they are comfortable and happy.  Did you know if your dog has their paws close to their chest that it means "Please Do Not Disturb". 

Whatever position your dog sleeps in - the more comfortable and safe they are - the deeper their sleep and the healthier and happier the dog. 




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