What Your Dog’s Sleeping Position Says About His Personality

Posted by Amber King

Your dog has a big personality, and he’s expressing it even when he sleeps.

You catch on to your dog’s personality quirks and cues so well that you know exactly what that head nod or whimper means. A dog’s body language is a window into their inner thoughts, and the more fluent you are in that silent form of communication, the stronger the bond you and your pup will have.

It’s easy to know that a tail wag means they’re happy and a whine means they’re in some kind of distress, but did you know you can tell a lot about your dog’s personality and state of mind based on their sleeping positions? These common dog sleeping positions may tell you something about your pup.

Crazy Legs

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This sleeping position is sure to get you to giggle, and with four legs stretched to the sky, it’s easy to think, “Is that even comfortable?” But “crazy legs” is a common sleeping position for dogs that are completely comfortable and confident in their environments. Laying on their back with their belly exposed is a sign of vulnerability and submission.

If your dog often sleeps on his back with his four legs stretched at crazy angles, he’s telling you he trusts you and feels completely at home. Dogs who sleep with crazy legs are often independent and laid-back.

The Fuzzy Bagel

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When your pooch tucks his paws beneath him and curls up so his head is resting on his tail, he’s not impersonating your favorite breakfast food on purpose. What he’s actually doing is conserving body heat and protecting his vital body parts.

Your pup could be chilly or feeling apprehensive about a certain situation happening around him, but it’s not a cause for concern. Dogs with naturally sweet dispositions often sleep all curled up and cuddly.

Superpup

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Is it a plane? Superman? Oh wait, it’s just your dog sleeping in one of the most adorable ways possible. The Superpup is when a dog sleeps on his stomach with all four limbs extended straight out. If it wasn’t for the puddle of drool on your floor, it would look like he’s soaring through the air off to save the day.

He may not be flying, but he is ready to lift off into action. From this position, it’s easy for dogs to jump up to their feet. You’ll often see this position in dogs taking a quick nap as opposed to settling down for the night. If you often catch your dog pulling a Superpup, he’s probably full of energy and always ready to play.

Side Sleeping

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Side sleeping is one of the most common dog sleeping positions, and it’s considered to be a calm and rested position. A dog sleeping on his side has no worries on his mind and feels completely comfortable with both your presence and his surroundings.

A side sleeper is usually a generally happy and affectionate dog during their waking hours with a strong bond with their owner and family.

Tummy Time

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When sleeping on their stomach, a dog’s muscles are tense and contracted. This keeps them from drifting into a deep sleep and could mean they’re stressed or otherwise uncomfortable. It could also mean, however, that your pup is a ball full of energy and would actually rather be playing than sleeping.

Tummy sleepers may be timid around new people or react negatively to unfamiliar situations, but they’re also gentle and energetic when around their family.

Your dog may assume only one of these doggy sleeping positions, but most often, dogs vary the way they sleep depending on their moods and comfort level.

The next time your pup settles down for a snooze, his position may give you valuable insight to help you better understand his behavior and personality.

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What Your Dog’s Sleeping Position Says About His Personality