Watching your dog sleep can be comforting and sometimes comical, but the dog sleep position your pup uses also tells you a lot about him.
Several of your dog’s sleep behaviors are similar to humans, while others are inherent and all dog.
Did you know the dog sleep position your pup chooses can influence how well your dog sleeps? And that his dog sleep position also can give you insight into your dog’s personality.
The average dog sleeps 12-13 hours per day. It may not seem that way, but puppies snooze even more!
Curling up — the most common dog sleep position — provides the greatest security. Dogs curl in a ball, with their paws underneath and their tails wrapped around their faces.
Companion dogs kept indoors, sleep longer and deeper than working dogs or dogs kept outdoors. Because their situation is more precarious, those dogs rarely relax enough to reach a healthy, deep restful sleep. Instead, they rely on catching an extra nap here or there.
Most dogs are skillful at catching a few winks whenever they can. Although they seem to be able to fall asleep quickly, that form of napping is similar to Stage 1 sleep, where they are barely sleeping.
The “power walk” is one of the easiest and most beneficial activities you can do with your dog. A “power walk” is a 30 to 45 minute walk where you are in control and your dog is a relaxed follower.
Dogs benefit from regular power walks. But occasional walks with the owner in charge will only confuse the dog and add to his anxiety.
With dogs, it can minimize anxiety, frustration, some forms of aggression and hyperactivity. It can also help with some barking problems and dominance issues.
The power walk does all these things by establishing the owner as Leader and the dog as the follower.
As the follower, your dog doesn’t have to make any decisions. He doesn’t have to be in charge. He can relax. When he relaxes, he is less anxious, less aggressive, less frustrated and less over-active. Continue reading “Take your dog on a power walk”