My Puppy Sleeps on Its Back

It’s interesting to know that the position your puppy sleeps in tells quite a bit about his character. For example, lying on their back and exposing their belly is a sign of submission and vulnerability.

If your dog sleeps on his back with his legs stretched at crazy angles, he is saying, ‘I trust you’. Dogs who sleep on their back with crazy legs are usually laid-back and can be independent.

You will probably never see an outside dog or dog in the wild sleeping on its back. Sleeping on the back can leave your dog in a vulnerable position and indicates submission. However, if your pup is sleeping on its back, it is feeling secure and safe.

Why your puppy sleeps on his back and what you can do

You may notice your dog sleeping on their back occasionally. When your puppy sleeps this way, it looks uncomfortable and comical, but back sleeping has a purpose.

A pup who sleeps with an exposed belly is trying to cool off and regulate body temperature while sleeping. The layer of fur on your puppy’s stomach is thinner than the fur on the rest of the body.

Sleeping on the back can allow air to get to the dog’s skin and cool off your pup. Did you know? Dogs only have sweat glands on their paws, so baring their belly is a nice way for them to cool down.

Dogs who sleep on their back feel secure and are usually inside dogs. Sleeping on the back is a whim and leaves your dog in a vulnerable position.

Your puppy may be feeling particularly safe and secure, and sleeping on the back means they trust you. Perhaps your pup has just finished playing and wants you to know that he feels protected.

Sleeping on the back is comfortable for puppies. It might just look hilarious to you. To your pet, sleeping on their back allows all their muscles to relax.
There is no pressure put on muscles, and sleeping on their back might just be their way of getting comfortable.

You might consider buying your pup a different bed. There are many pet beds on the market designed to keep your puppy cool.

A few examples include a self-cooling mat and a pressure-activated cooling pad with a special gel lining.

There are also gel orthopedic beds designed to provide comfort and cooling gel for your puppy.

You can also provide your pup with an elevated bed. These dog cots are raised off the ground and provides extra cooling and air circulation. You can also put a pan of ice below the cot. A pan of ice below a raised bed keeps air flowing all around your pup.

Supply a cool spot for your puppy to lie down. Often dogs will look for a tiled bathroom or cool kitchen floor or even the lawn outside when they are feeling heated.

Let them sleep in your air-conditioned home. Cool air will keep your pup healthy and more apt to be active when awake.

Keep your dog cool and able to sleep in a comfortable position by providing plenty of fresh drinking water.

Leave several large bowls of drinking water around your yard or house for your puppy. Check water bowls daily and place them where your dog can reach them. You might also get an automatic waterer.

Once your puppy learns how to use an automatic waterer, they will have a great thirst quencher.

A puppy who is very trusting of their owner may fall asleep on his back to show their owner that they trust and adore them. If your puppy sleeps on their back, don’t wake them up, but feel free to tickle their belly.

Dogs have different sleeping positions

Watch how your dog sleeps. The position can give you many ideas about your dog’s well being and personality.

Take note that injuries or sore muscles can cause a change in a dog’s sleeping position. If you notice a difference or an unusual sleep position, watch for signs of pain.

You may need to take your dog to the vet it something seems too weird, or your pup is uncomfortable.

A dog who sleeps on their back with their legs at all sorts of angles looks crazy. However, this position is really the most comfortable position and where your dog can totally relax. Why, then, don’t all dogs sleep on their backs?

Sleeping on the back is usually exclusive to domesticated pets. They feel secure enough to leave their body without protection and vulnerability to threats.

Some puppies sleep curled up in a ball. They tuck their paws into their body and wrap their tail around them.

Sleeping in this manner, conserves heat and protects a dog’s body. Sleeping in a ball is the least vulnerable position your puppy can sleep in, but it’s also the least restful. Look at wolves in the wild; curled up is how they tend to sleep.

Puppies who side sleepers and in deep sleep are comfortable, safe, and feel secure. When your puppy sleeps on the side, it is almost like sleeping on the back.

They leave themselves vulnerable, and side sleeping shows trust. Side sleeping allows puppies to rest their muscles, go limp, and be relaxed.

The ‘Superman’ sleeping position looks like your dog is flying. Your puppy is laid flat on their stomach, and their paws are pointed forward.

This position is usually seen when a puppy falls asleep during play and is just too tired to carry on with games and activity. Dogs who sleep stretched out on their stomachs mean puppies are relaxed but alert. If your pup hears a noise, they will probably jump up and appear ready to go.

Whatever way your puppy sleeps on the back, side, stomach, or curled up, just let them sleep. Don’t try to move your puppy and make them feel more comfortable. Prematurely waking up your dog might cause the dog, and you, some problems.

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