Note from dog
Normally, I hand NOTE FROM DOG over to a pup who has earned a starring role in a current story, but this time around, I asked them if I might have their permission to write this NOTE because a lot has happened since we sent our last one at the end of November.

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Have you ever wondered why your dog lays on the floor with their legs splayed out? Or what they’re thinking when they’ve rolled over on their back in their sleep? Dog behavioral specialists believe that we can gain insight into our pup’s mental and physical well-being by looking at their favorite sleeping positions.

Dog behavior specialists believe that the position your dog sleeps in could tell you if they’re anxious or relaxed. Not every nap position is related to their emotions; they could relate to how they’re physically feeling. If a dog is sleeping curled tightly into a ball, this could be a sign of anxiety. They want to feel safe and protected. But this could also mean that they’re just cold and curling up to keep warm.

If your dog sleeps on their side, take comfort. They feel safe and relaxed. The same goes for dogs who sleep on their backs. If they sleep on their backs it could also mean that they are hot, and by spreading out, they increase their surface area and cool themselves off.

You may find your dog regularly sleeping in a “sphynx” position. Their body is flat on the ground with their head resting on or in between their paws. This might mean they are comfortable resting but ready to jump up at a moment’s notice. Kind of like a kid fighting sleep but nodding off in their chair regardless.

Reported by Newsweek.

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