Best Sleep Position for Dogs

By The Dog Daily Expert

Best Sleep Position for Dogs

Dogs, like humans, sleep in all sorts of positions. Some snooze on their sides. Others sleep with their tummies on the ground and their heads faced down. Still others, like yours, prefer the stomach-up position.

Anecdotally, and by my observations of dogs that do this, many choose to expose their stomachs to cool down. Dogs sweat through the pads on their paws, so exposing the stomach, which is generally less covered with fur and with more skin exposed, can provide a rapid, comfy cool-down when temps climb.

But there’s another reason why dogs sleep in this position, and it is very good news for owners like you. According to Wendy Nan Rees and Kristen Hampshire, authors of the Dog Lover’s Daily Companion, dogs sleep back-to-back when they are bonding. It’s a submissive position, so each is telling the other that they have trust and goodwill. Sometimes the alpha dog will snooze in a slightly higher position, just to make sure that status within the pack is maintained.

When your dog sleeps in a stomach-up position near or next to you, he is then demonstrating how much he trusts you. Wolves in the wild never assume this sleeping pose, simply because it is too vulnerable and dangerous. Your dog must have sweet dreams, since it is in the primo position for ultimate comfort and sense of security.


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Posted on March 10, 2012

Isabela says: Any dog that is mentally usunond and aggressive *should* be culled, and I can only applaud a breeder who is willing to take on this unpleasant responsibility himself instead of trying to shovel it off on someone else, or fooling themselves into believing the dog can be someone's pet'. And as long as the shooter has a true understanding of how to place an instantly fatal shot, it is just as humane as injecting a euthanizing fluid.As he is not placing any of his dogs, and is using them solely to better his own team, he can keep them long enough to determine what dogs are capable of the work they do, and which aren't. In the case of placing non-show quality puppies, that can be a lost advantage. However, even show breeders should be willing to put down unhealthy, malformed, or mentally unstable puppies whose quality of life would suffer even as pets, or who would be a danger to the general public as soon as they determine this to be the case. If you aren't strong enough to take on this responsibility, you should not breed. And any breeder should be willing to accept back a dog they place for ANY reason at any time of its life.I can't condemn any breeder for being as responsible as they can be. Where would these dogs go if he didn't cull them? They are not pet material. In the case of my own breed, the ones who aren't show quality, and can't find a herding home, can frequently make excellent housepets, so to cull the ones who aren't mentally unstable, I choose to use spay/neuter to remove them from the gene pool and place them as pets. Can I and would I take a puppy I raised with my own hands to be put down if it becomes aggressive? You're darn tootin'! It is the pledge I made to my breed and my dogs when I decided to be a responsible breeder. I owe it to the breed, and to the individual dog.

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