7 reasons why your dog always wants to lay on top of you (even while you sleep)
Where it’s comfortable, there your dog is. Even if it’s on top of you.
This is more likely if you and your dog spend a lot of time together. They’ll want to climb on top of you because they don’t want you to be apart.
Alternatively, your dog might find you more comfortable than their own bed.
This is especially true for small breeds of dogs that have less hair. Your body heat makes you an inviting pillow for your pooch.
You’ll notice more of this instance when it’s wintertime. Your dog will want to cuddle with you more to feel warm.
Meaning: When dogs sleep in this position it means they are resting, but not sleeping deeply. According to Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM, CVJ, and the vet expert at Pumpkin Pet Insurance, “dogs will often start out in this position if they feel like they will need to jump up quickly.”
Just like human babies, puppies need an adequate amount of sleep so they can develop and grow properly. To make sure your pup is getting enough sleep, it’s important for them to stick to a consistent sleep schedule.
According to the vets at PetMD, sleep-cuddling is a leftover behavior from when your dog was a puppy and snuggled up with their litter to keep warm. When they’re older, cuddling turns into a habit of comfort.
Whether it’s lying face down on the kitchen floor or sprawled out on your pavement, dogs tend to sleep on a cold surface when they are hot. This type of position can take the form of the superman pose or could be similar to the lion’s pose. Whatever it is, your dog is likely making sure their tummy is touching the cold surface.
Typically, adult dogs will sleep 12–14 hours a day. However, just like humans, these numbers can vary based on your dog, their age, activity level, and personality. Dr. Linda Simon says that you “will likely find that your pooch sleeps more on days they have been most active.”
#4: Your dog wants attention
Sometimes, a dog’s attention-seeking behaviors can become too much.
In puppies, this is normal. Their survival depends on the care of their mother.
But when they become adults, their tactics to get attention can be annoying.
Here are some common things dogs do to get attention:
My friend’s dog, Oreo, barks if ignored after asking for attention. Her owners find it annoying because Oreo has a loud bark.
But this pooch right here, he ends up laying on top of his owner for some attention:
Dogs are social animals. They crave attention and interaction with their humans on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, sometimes owners unwittingly encourage the behaviors they don’t want. For instance, you reach out when your dog brushes against your leg.
Another reason for attention-seeking behaviors is boredom. This is more likely to happen if:
What about your own dogs? What do they do to get your attention?
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