When we’re kids, we seem to be able to sleep anywhere, in any position. We are more ragdoll than a skeleton, but as we age, we settle into our preferred sleeping positions. Animals are more like kids, though, and sometimes we discover them in the strangest sleeping positions.
This list below celebrates the weird and wonderful ways that dogs choose to snooze, from squoosh-face siestas to nonchalant naps, these pups just don’t give a damn! The consequence of this tendency to doze off on the spot is that dogs can often be found fast asleep in the strangest places and positions – sometimes you just scratch your head and think “how can that possibly be comfortable?” As someone that can’t even properly sleep on a plane, I wish I could find a place to crash as easily as this!
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1. My Dog Can’t Get Gravity Right
The sleeping positions of dogs usually varies with their mood. But did you know that your dog’s sleeping position can sometimes reveal clues about their personalities? With thanks to PetDoors.com, here are a few common doggy sleeping positions and their meanings.
The Fetal Position: Your dog is curled up with their tail near their head and paws tucked in.
What it means: They may seem tough to the everyday passerby but they are actually quite shy and sensitive. This position provides the greatest amount of security to your dog. These dogs may require some extra care or affection. Physically, they may just be cold and trying to conserve their body heat.
The Yearner: Your dog is sleeping on their side with all four paws reaching outwards.
What it means: These dogs are the most easy-going, laid back dogs who are very comfortable in their environment. They are usually friendly towards strangers or other dogs. Even when they are sleeping, they are showing their love and loyalty towards you by reaching their paws out.
2. Puppy Warming Its Paws
3. This Dog Is Sleeping Happily
The Freefallers: Your dog has their front paws straight out in front of them and they back paws stretched out straight out behind them.
What it means: These dogs usually are exceedingly high in energy. If your dog sleeps like this, you have probably witnessed them falling straight into sleep with a *thunk* in the middle of playing. In the free falling sleeping position, these dogs don’t have to waste any of their playing time to walk to and from their bed. After their nap, these fun-loving dogs can easily spring up and get back to business.
The Cuddler: Your dog always prefers to be snuggled up with a friend when they sleep.
What it means: These dogs are usually very affectionate but can be quite needy because of it. This usually means that your dog loves you and you make them feel happy and safe. Physically, your body heat may make you the most comfortable bed. If they are cuddling with other dogs or animals, they may feel closely bonded with them. Or they are just friendly. Or there are not enough beds.
4. I’m Done Trying To Figure This Dog Out
5. We Told Our Dog She Couldn’t Sleep Up On The Couch
The Spoon: One dog back is against another dog’s belly. Sometimes there is a paw in a hugging position.
What it means: These dogs usually have a very close relationship to each other. The “big spoon” dog usually offers feelings of comfort and safety to the “little spoon” dog. While the “little spoon” dog may be having a bad day, they can trust that the “big spoon” will be there. In this position, they are not just showing their affection but great loyalty to one another as well. Beds for very huge dogs come in handy if you have a couple of spooners, even if you have small or medium size dogs.
The Burrower: These dogs usually sleep with blankets, pillows, your clothes… Anything that covers them up.
What it means: These dogs usually require a bit more affection than usual. When they are tucked away, the blankets gives them feelings of comfort and security. Sleeping with blankets or sheets is a great way to calm down anxious dogs. In the wild, some dogs would sleep in close quarters in a den, these may be residual feelings from that time.
6. This Guy Chilling With His Dog In London
7. Dog Park Experience Exceeds Expectations
9. In Case You Need Something To Brighten Your Day, Here’s A Picture Of My Dog Sleeping
10. My Buddy’s Dog Sleeping On The Mule Steering Wheel
11. Neighbor’s Dogs Having A Nap In My Garage
12. Hyperlaxity Power Enabled
13. “Please Read Instructions Carefully When Assembling Your New Dog From IKEA”
14. Nap Time
15. Weird Sleeping Position
16. This Is What Nap Time Looks Like In Our House
17. His Reflection Is The Greatest
18. This Is How She Sleeps
19. He Was Snoring Too
20. My Aunt’s Wiener Dog Fell Asleep While Begging
21. This Frenchie Puppy Sleeps Anywhere
22. Ollie Only Sleeps Under Chairs
23. I Think My Dog Is Broken
24. I Call This Tetris Murph
25. Does Anybody Else’s Dog Sleep Like This?
26. Bae Caught Me Sleeping
27. This Is Leela. She Sleeps Like This. It Just Ain’t Right
28. My Cousin Sent Me A Picture Of Her Dog Sleeping
29. I’m So Tired
30. She Likes To Hold Her Feet When She Sleeps
Check out PetDoors.com for more weird sleeping positions and their meanings, and let us know how your own doggy chooses to snooze in the comments below!