The World According to Rico – Sleeping like this means good things

I love to sleep with my legs straight up in the air.

Most dogs do.

And humans just can’t figure out why we do it, or how we do it. Can you imagine seeing a person sleeping with their legs and arms straight up in the air? No. But then again, humans are too weak to sustain that type of position.

When my mom asked me how or why on earth I sleep like this, I really didn’t have an educated answer. So I went to look it up.

It appears a dog might sleep on his or her back with their legs in the air to keep cool. This way, cold air can reach their belly. I can certainly attest to that, as being cool is my main objective in life.

This position can also mean they are comfortable and fully trust their families. I can certainly attest to that as well. I fall asleep completely safe and happy – and wake up well rested.

According to the Purina company, there are all types of dog sleeping positions and there is an explanation for each. For real. I guess there are even names for these positions:

  • The Lion’s Pose. This position is where the dog’s head is lying on top of their paws, which is why it’s also known as The Sphynx. Dogs also sleep like this by tucking in their paws and resting their back legs on the side. The meaning? Experts suggest that when dogs sleep in the lions pose, it allows them to spring into action immediately if they need to.
  • Side Sleeper. For this position, dogs lie on their side with their legs extended. You’ve probably noticed this is one of the most popular sleeping positions for dogs. This position means your dog feels safe and relaxed. It also means your dog is in comfortable and familiar surroundings.
  • This is similar to the way Superman flies through the sky – your pooch will have their front legs stretched forward and back legs stretched behind. You might see this one a lot with energetic puppies. The meaning? Dogs who sleep in this position are tired but ready to play at any moment. A lot of puppies take a quick nap during their play session in this position.
  • Cuddler Bug. We all love to cuddle. This sleeping position is a sign of affection and bonding. It suggests your dog wants to get closer to a person or another dog and is comfortable around them.
  • The Doughnut. Here, dogs sleep curled up in a ball with their legs held close to the body. At times, their nose can even touch their back legs. The tail also curls over the body, making a tight little circle. Meaning? This dog sleeping position is seen in dogs who are protecting themselves from their surroundings and is common for dogs who are new to their surroundings. But it also might be just a sign your dog wants to snuggle and keep warm.
  • Head and Neck Raised. The head and neck raised sleeping position refers to a dog lying with its head and neck lifted and resting on the side of their dog bed or cushion. The meaning? Purina is pretty vague on this one, as it usually means your dog is just comfortable like that. Of maybe they are having breathing issues and might be under the weather. Well, that explanation is all over the place.
  • On Their Stomach. Dogs may sleep on their stomach when they feel hot. This just means they are using a cool floor to reduce their temperature.
  • On A Cold Surface. Similar to the previous point, according to Purina, a dog will sleep on a cold floor to regulate their temperature. The meaning? It’s pretty simple, your dog is just hot.
  • The Burrower. You’ve probably seen your pooch snuggled in a blanket, pillows or even that jacket you left on the couch. This position means they are searching for comfort or security or could be trying to calm themselves down.
  • And Belly Up! As said earlier, it feels great, we trust our families and are in a familiar environment.

I don’t know how Purina came up with these position titles or how they found the meanings, but as a dog myself, I just have to say my reasoning for each is simple – I LOVE TO SLEEP.

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