7 Dog Sleeping Positions And Their Meanings Behind (With Pictures)

Sleeping is not only an important natural need for us humans, but also for humans. While an average of 8 hours of sleep a day is enough for us, dogs, on the other hand, need much more sleep.

An adult dog sleeps between 13 and 20 hours a day. Puppies and older animals, on the other hand, need between 20 and 22 hours of sleep. But what is the most comfortable way to sleep?

Let’s take a look at the most popular sleeping positions for dogs and what they say about them.

#1 Side sleepers

The side sleeper dog lies on its side with its legs either stretched out or slightly bent.

This position indicates that the dog feels very comfortable and relaxed in its environment.

If the dog's stomach is visible, it shows that he feels safe. The open stomach basically makes him vulnerable. The attitude shows trust.

While some dogs sleep in this position for long periods of time, other dogs only choose this position for a short nap.

#2 Donut

In this sleeping position, the dog curls up like a small donut. The position is also known as a fox.

The paws and tail are very close to the body. The belly is covered.

Many dogs choose this position when they feel a little unsafe. They assume a kind of protective attitude.

But that doesn't always have to be the case. The donut position is popular, especially in winter, as it offers a lot of warmth.

#3 Stomach sleeper

In the stomach sleeper position, the dog lies on its stomach. The paws are close to the body. This position is usually chosen when the dog is only taking a little nap.

Due to the posture, the muscles are not completely relaxed, which is why deep sleep is rather difficult.

The advantage of the stomach sleeper is that the dogs can get up again quickly.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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