Sometimes called "froggie legs" or "silly stretching," splooting is always adorable.
Going "full sploot" is a kind of stretch that is so popular with dogs and loved by humans that somewhere down the line, someone decided to give the unique movement a name. If you don't know what it is, we're here to show you.
Why Do Dogs Sploot? Is It Bad for Them?
Splooting is when a dog lays on its belly with its hind legs in a full-body stretch out behind them. It looks like they're flying through the air like SuperDog, or maybe they're so tired from that game of fetch that those legs now have a mind of their own. It's a move most often associated with Corgi puppies, Dachshunds, French Bulldogs, and Pitbulls, but every breed of dog can be a splooter. It's prominent among German Shepherds and Labradors that lay flat for a good stretch.
There's no known scientific reason why some dogs like to it, but it's most likely because stretching their back legs is a comfortable position. They may also do it on a hot day to press their bellies closer to the cool pavement or shaded grass to lower their body temperature.
However, splooting may be a sign of canine hip dysplasia. In some cases, dogs may be suffering from this ailment, which happens when the hip joint no longer sits correctly in the hip socket; dogs will lay flat to relieve the pressure. Dog owners who notice their dogs laying down with frog legs too often, in conjunction with limping or trouble walking, should consult a veterinarian.
If you're still not convinced that splooting is incredibly adorable, here are a few examples shared on social media.
Pitties are expert splooters.
Pajama pups perfect the ultra rare "double sploot."
The best splooting spot in the house.
This Lab is a full on puppy sploot pancake.
"Will this work for the Christmas card?"
Behold! The almighty Corgi Sploot.
Even cats get in on the action!
Now that you know exactly what this is, be on the lookout in case your dog takes on your new favorite type of stretch.
And don't forget to have your camera ready! A good full or half sploot is the perfect excuse to post yet another picture of your dog's cuteness to Instagram.
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This article was originally published August 25, 2017.