Sleeping with their beloved pet gives many owners peace of mind, comfort, and a complete sense of relaxation at home. However, we rarely think about why pets sleep with us in certain positions. Professor Peter Neville, a leading specialist in animal behavior, together with pet welfare experts from the company Itchpet, explained what the position of your dog means when it’s sleeping with you.
The researchers’ findings seemed very interesting because their sleeping position can tell a lot about a pet’s psychological state and their attitude toward their owner.
If a pet sleeps at your feet, this is not always a sign of respect or recognition of the bed as your space, as most of us have been accustomed to thinking or even seeing in artwork. You most likely roll over in your bed while sleeping and the animal is just trying to choose the position closest to you, but at the same time keep a safe distance so they can retreat in case of an inconvenience.
2. In a ball in the curve of your legs
If you sleep in the fetal position and your pet lies comfortably in the curve of your legs, then it has complete confidence in you and holds you responsible for its well-being. This is usually the position that puppies and kittens prefer when sleeping with their mother. This way, the animal shows it feels protected and literally sleeps like a baby.
3. Donut’s Center
If your pet sleeps curled up in a ball between your legs, it is most likely trying to protect itself from unwanted noise that may be disturbing. Both cats and dogs can hear much higher frequencies of sound than humans and so they try to hide from it in the warm, soundproof “bubble” of your legs.