Dog Sleep Habits & Positions

Dog Sleep Positions

Depending on what kind of dog you have, it may seem like he’s either always asleep or like he never has time to take a restful nap! Much like humans, dog sleeping patterns can vary. Most dogs typically get more than 12 hours of sleep a day, in a variety of positions. Here’s a look at a few common dog sleep positions, and what they mean.

Dog sleep positions

Dog sleep positions reveal a lot about your dog. Some like to sleep on their stomachs, almost like in a “down” position.

This allows them to jump up at the slightest perceived threat or fact they may be missing out on what you are doing.

The most inherent dog sleep position is curling up. You will see this as a favorite sleeping position of dogs kept outdoors. You will find them curled up into a ball, with their paws under their body and their tail wrapped around their face. It is the least vulnerable and least restful position for sleep.

They are conserving body heat and protecting limbs, face, throat and vital organs. This dog sleep position gives them the advantage to be on their feet immediately. The dog’s muscles are tense and ready to spring into action, if need be. Dogs that sleep in this position rarely relax enough to drift into the REM stage.

Finally, we have what looks the “dead roach” position. There are dogs that favor sleeping on their backs; with their legs in the air.

This is the position found only in a very secure and confident indoor pet.

Sleeping on their back is the most vulnerable position for a dog. It is thought to be the most comfortable and most restful position.

Bottom line:
Comfort equals healthier, more and deeper sleep. Whatever dog sleeping positions your pup prefers, make sure their sleeping accommodations are safe and comfortable. A dog well rested dog is generally healthier and happier.

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Dog Sleep Facts

We’ve all found ourselves entranced while watching our dogs sleep. We sit there and stifle our giggles as their legs kick in the air and make little whimpering noises. Is there anything cuter? If you’ve ever wondered about your dog’s sleep habits, you’re not alone. Here’s a look at a few important dog sleep facts you should know.

How many times have you just laughed at how your dog is sleeping? Is he curled up, stretched out on his back with his legs wide open or is she on her tummy all bundled up?

Here’s a look a few fun facts about dog sleep habits:

Facts about Dogs’ Sleep:

  • Dogs do have different stages of sleep like people do.
  • Dogs almost sleep half their life, the equivalent to 16 hours a day.
  • The phrase, let sleeping dogs lie, holds a lot of truth. Considering 60% of dog bites happen to children when they first wake a dog in a deep REM sleep.
  • It is important to always teach children not to approach a sleeping dog and startle.
  • Most dogs will generally circle round and round, nesting before they finally lie down.
  • Puppies and older dogs dream more than middle-aged dogs.


It’s important to understand your dog’s sleeping habits, as even a dog can get grouchy if he doesn’t get enough sleep.

Have you ever been playing with your puppy and he just passes out, well he just can’t help it. He needs his sleep. The temperature in a room will influence how your dog sleeps.

So be sure if your dog sleeps inside or outside, that it is a comfortable temperature at all times. Dogs get hot and cold just like people.

And remember the next time fido or feefee, is twitching, barking, and smiling on the way to dreamland; we are probably jealously sitting at the computer saying, “Wow, wish I could take a nap.”

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Is your dog an indoor pet or does she spend most of her time outdoors? Do you find that your dog sleeps differently based on how much time she spends indoors or out?

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