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What your Pet’s Sleeping Position Means

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How do you know what your pet is feeling? You can watch their physical activity (sad pets are less active) or pay attention to how much they’re eating (distraught pets will eat less). But aside from the cues they give you, it can be hard to know what they’re thinking. While your pup is unlikely to start telling you about your day, there’s another way to understand their state of mind.

Your dog’s sleeping position can reveal a lot about how they’re feeling. From sleeping on you to sprawled out to curled up, each position has important body language — this is one way pets communicate with you, considering they can’t talk. Large cues like sleeping belly up or right next to your head make it pretty obvious that your pet feels a deep trust and connection with you.

On the other hand, if your dog is overwhelmed with people or other animals, they may respond by sleeping curled up. This means they want to be left alone for awhile. They feel safe and secure in their little ball, so let them have some undisturbed time, no matter how much you want to pet them.

For more insight into what your pet’s sleeping position means, Sleep Advisor compiled a list of your pet’s most common sleeping positions and what they mean. Check it out below:

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