What Does My Puppy’s Sleep Position Mean

Puppies love to sleep, and their sleeping positions vary from adorable to frankly bizarre. While you may have gotten some great photos of your furbaby dozing, but have you ever wondered what your pup's sleep position means?  It turns out, there may be something you can learn from how your furry buddy chooses to sleep.

Common Puppy Sleeping Positions

Some of the most common dog sleeping positions include:

1. On the Sidesleeping on side

A side sprawl suggests a pup who is comfortable and feels safe. They’re not trying to conserve heat or protect their bellies. They’re just ready to hang out and get some serious shut-eye.

2. On Their Backsleeping on back

If you’ve ever snapped a picture, shaken your head, and wondered “why does my dog sleep on their back?” Here's some good news: This position means your dog is very comfortable and confident at home. Dogs and wolves in the wild do not sleep in this position, and neither do nervous dogs or dogs in new environments.

Sleeping on the back reveals the super-cute but highly vulnerable stomach area, so most dogs would protect this part of their body. It is also a submissive posture for dogs to show their belly. Overheated dogs will sometimes sleep on their backs to cool down faster as well, so keep an eye out for this sleep position on the hottest days of the year!

3. Sprawled out on Their Tummy

sprawled on tummy
If your pup is sleeping on their stomach with all limbs out on the sides, they may have fallen asleep in the middle of play. This position lets dogs spring into action fast, so it’s a favorite for furbabies who have lots of energy to burn.

4. Curled Uppuppy curled up

In the wild, dogs and wolves most commonly sleep in this position. They are essentially in a cuddly little ball, with the head on their rear feet and their legs and tail tucked in. This is the safest position for dogs because the vulnerable tummy is protected. A dog would seem smaller and less likely to attract attention this way. Some dogs will revert to this position if anything changes in their environment, especially if they’re used to sleeping in other ways. The position also helps conserve heat if your dog is simply feeling a little chilly. 

Read more: 12 Benefits of Sleeping With Your Dog 

Read more: Can I Leave My Puppy at Home Alone?

Always Know What Your Dog Is Doing With Furbo Dog Camera

Do you want to see what your dog is up to when you’re not home? Want to catch all the funny sleep positions they try out when they have the house to themselves? Try the Furbo Dog Camera

dog sniffing furbo

Furbo has two-way communication capabilities as well as an HD and night vision camera that allows you to catch them in hilarious sleeping postures. The interactive treat dispenser also serves as a fun way for you to interact with your puppy while you’re away. Never miss a moment with your pup with Furbo!

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