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Dog Sleeping Positions And What They Mean

Dog Sleeping Positions And What They Mean
Dog Sleeping Positions

It can be fun and entertaining looking at your dog sleeping in various sleeping positions. However, you can learn much about the state of your dog just by analyzing his sleeping habits and positions. 

Dog Sleeping Positions And What They Mean

Side Sleeper

When your dog sleeps on his side with legs extended, it means he is relaxed, safe, and comfortable. However, this sleeping position can also signal that your dog has joint issues. Therefore, it’s common to see older dogs and puppies sleeping on their side. 

Side sleeper position is also the position where dogs get deep sleep. Therefore, you will often notice your dog twitching and running in this position.

Superman Position

When a dog sleeps with a belly to the floor, front legs stretched forwards and back legs behind him, we call that supermen position. A dog sleeping in a superman position is tired but ready to play.

Puppies that sleep in this position are generally energetic and playful. 

The Belly Up Paws In The Air Position

When a dog sleeps in a belly-up position with all of his paws up in the air, it means that he feels very safe and relaxed. The belly is the most vulnerable part of the dog’s body. So, if your furry friend sleeps with his belly fully exposed, be certain that he trusts you and feels extremely comfortable.

The reason why dogs sleep in a belly-up position is to cool off. Sweat glands are located on the dog’s paws and the fur on the belly is thinner. Therefore, exposing these parts of the body is an excellent way to reduce body temperature.

Back To Back

When a dog sleeps back to back with you or another dog, it means he wants to show his trust and affection. Usually, dogs will sleep with one person in the household they feel safest and most comfortable with.

Curled Up

In this sleeping position, also known as the donut, a dog is curled up in a ball with all his limbs tucked close to the body. By sleeping in a curled-up position, your dog is trying to preserve the body temperature and protect itself. 

Generally, dogs sleep in this position when they are anxious.

Dog’s Sleeping Behaviors Analyzed

You have probably noticed your dog barking, twitching, or running during sleep. These behaviors may seem funny and even odd to you, but they are perfectly normal. 

Let’s analyze some of the most common sleeping behaviors in dogs.

Barking or squeaking

Dogs may bark or squeak during sleep. Inexperienced owners may panic when they first hear this, but it’s perfectly normal behavior. Dog barks or squeaks in sleep as he is reacting to events in his dream.


Similar to humans, dogs also twitch during sleep when they are dreaming or moving between different stages of sleep.


Dogs will usually “run” when they are lying on their side and reacting to something they are dreaming about. 


Snoring is a common occurrence in dogs, especially in dogs with short noses, so-called brachycephalic breeds.