5 Dog Sleeping Positions and What They Mean

You might notice that your dog sleeps in a particular way and it's not a happy accident. The positions your dog sleep and the amount they spend napping can show how they are feeling. Their sleeping habits also give you a clue about their happiness and comfort levels.

On the Side

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This is the most common position dogs sleep. It means that the dog is relaxed, comfortable and trusts his surroundings. Dogs who favor this position leaves their vital organs exposed; therefore, they tend to be easy going and relaxed. Their limbs are free to move during sleep so you'll see more twitching and leg kicks while their sleeping in this position.

Curled Up

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Another common position of dogs when sleeping is to curl up in a ball. It is a common position of animals sleeping in the wild too as it protects their vital organs, and it makes it easy for them to stand up. This position also helps regulate their body temperature that is why you often see your pet in this position during winter.

Sprawled Out

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Some dogs like to sleep in their stomach, almost like in a "down" position. This position allows them to pop up and is always ready to be on their way. Dogs who sleep in this position don't want to miss the chance of action even while they are napping. It is a clear indication that your dog is an active pet.

Also, this type of position allows their body to cool down during the hot season, especially when the surface they are lying on is cooler than their air around them.

On the back


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Another way to cool them off during hot season is when they lay on their back with paws in the air. Since the fur is thinner around the belly and their paws hold their sweat glands, exposing these areas will allow them to cool down.

This position is also an indication that your dog is very comfortable as it leaves their vital organs fully exposed, and it makes them hard to get on their feet quickly. Dogs who sleep in this position don't have a care in the world.

Snuggled Up

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If your dog is snuggling up against you or you notice him doing it with other dogs in your household, it means that your dog is bonding and they want to get close to you or their furry siblings. A dog sleeping this way is very affectionate, and they show that they are completely comfortable with whoever they are sleeping with.

How Long do Dogs Sleep?

On average dogs need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day. Bigger dogs take longer naps than smaller dogs and puppies will need about 18 to 19 hours of sleep.

Take note of your dogs sleeping habits. If you notice changes in how long your dog sleeps, it could mean that they may have health problems. If you notice that your dog is sleeping longer than usual, it may be time to visit the vet.

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