Dogs tend to sleep more than their owners. With an average of 12 to 14 hours per day varying on their size, you will surely notice this and will unknowingly start to notice their sleeping behaviours. Ever observed your dog has an usual behaviour when they sleep? Perhaps a preferred sleeping position, or some twitching movements while they doze off? We’ll explain these to you in this article in case you have wondered why your pet is having these sleeping habits.
Sleeping on Their Backs
This sleeping position indicates that your dog is perfectly relaxed and confident that no harm will come their way in your home or where they sleep. This also indicates as well that your dog is trying to lower their temperature by exposing their belly which pretty much has the thinnest fur in their body. This is the opposite of the balled up sleeping position.
This position is adapted so that your furry friend will conserve heat as they tuck their body in a ball. As per studies, this is a genetic trait that has been passed on from their ancestors who were not domesticated. As their ancestors slept in the wild, they needed to conserve heat and this position does the trick. Also, this position also is a defensive stance as it covers the abdomen which is the most vulnerable part of a dog’s body.
Twitching Movements and Some Growling
Like their masters, dogs experience Rapid Eye Movement sleep which is a very essential stage in their body’s recovery. It is widely believed that dogs dream during this stage and the twitching movements should be no cause for alarm. This is only your pup acting out their dream. Don’t be surprised if sometimes, you will hear growling noises from them as well. It has been common advice that you should not try wake up your dog when this takes place as it is essential for your dog’s body’s recovery. However, if there is dire need to wake up your dog – say for example your dog is twitching excessively, it has been advised to call their name rather than touching them. Touching them to wake them up could end up with your hand getting bitten as they might still act out their dream and see your hand as a threat. If your dog fails to respond to you and continues to excessively twitch in an abnormal manner, this could mean that they are having a seizure and they should get medical attention as soon as possible.
Under the Sheets
This type of behaviour has no deep meaning to it. It could be caused by your dog’s preference to sleep with their master – or perhaps it is brought about by genetic behaviour when wild dogs would tuck in their pups inside snug little dens at night to sleep in the freezing temperatures outside – or their need to burrow depending on their breed as crawling under the sheets simulates the burrowing behaviour.