Dogs can’t speak, so they have their own way of communicating their wants and needs.
For example a wagging tail is the sign of a joyful pup, while a lowered tail symbolizes fear.
However, it might come as a surprise for many, but one of those ways of communicating are their sleeping positions.
These are the four most common golden retriever sleeping positions and its meaning.
Scientists say the passed out position may be a sign of an overheating. This is because a dog’s paws contain sweat glands, and their belly has the least amount of fur on their body, ultimately making this position super effective for cooling off. Be aware, however; if your dog has their paws curled over their chest while ‘Passed Out”, they are telling you they don’t want to be bothered.
All Curled Up
In this position their belly is protected and also allows them to share heat in a pack, it is the most common position amongst wolves and wild dogs, according to Dogs Best Life. If your pup sleeps like this, it likely means they are either a bit cold or apprehensive about something, like a new environment or people. But don’t worry. Joyful, independent pups often sleep like this too— it’s just so cozy!
Back to Back
This position is very different than the others because it tells you how your dog sleeps in relation to either yourself or another pooch. If you have many dogs, you might have seen your dogs sleeping in a back to back possiton. This is because is an instinctual way for a dog to show you are one of the pack, one important member in his life. Moreover, back-to-back sleeping is a way for your pup to bond with you, showing you that they can trust you 100%.
This position is very common in pups. It demonstrates full trust with the dog feeling comfortable enough to leave their tummy exposed. Dogs who sleep in this way are very calm and care-free. That is way the saying says that side sleepers are happy dogs.