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We've all taken those quizzes or examined those guides on what our own sleeping positions say about us... don't try to deny it. (Oh, you're a stomach sleeper too?) Well, this might be a huge DUH! statement, but you may have noticed that dogs have a whole lot in common with humans. And who's to say we don't share similar hidden sleep messages?

No one, that's who! So it's time to make like the 90s and go all mood ring on these puppers. (I always knew they were psychic.)
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Also known as the curled-up-so-tight-into-a-ball-you-could-dribble-them-down-a-basketball-court, there are likely no paws visible in this position, and your dog is using his tail as a makeshift pillow. Science says he does this to revert back to his wild instincts--wrapping himself up so tight is a great way to preserve body heat and protect vital organs in the abdomen from exposure to predators.

The mood ring version of the story says this dog is just a big ol' sweetheart with a chill attitude and cuddles for days. If you take science's word for it, it could also mean your dog is either 1) cold, or 2) does not feel entirely comfortable in his environment. It's always a good idea to give a new pup space to get acclimated to unfamiliar surroundings; then you might find him belly-up "dead bug" style!
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Ah yes, the "dead bug." This means your dog will likely have all if not most of his legs reaching for the sky. Bonus points if his lips flop upside-down to expose those pearly whites--gravity is a cruel mistress. It's highly Instagram-worthy, and with good reason. It tells us our dogs are confident and strong-headed, and could literally not be more comfortable in their home.

This position also belongs solely to the domesticated dog; you definitely won't find wolves snoozing like this in the wilderness--it's too vulnerable and makes it difficult for them to get to their feet quickly. It's also a great way to cool down by exposing the less fur-covered belly to the open air. If you find your dog lettin' it all hang out, chances are he simply doesn't have a care in the world.
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This is a dog with confidence for days... you'll find him on his back, perhaps with his legs angled out in a permanent stretch. Any position that exposes the belly means an animal is fully at ease in his surroundings and completely trusting of the humans he's with, and he doesn't need your permission for anything, either. Humans who lie on their backs can apparently teeter on the border between bossy confidence and being great listeners, but dogs will probably just act like they own the place. (They do.)
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You've likely yet to meet a dog who doesn't lounge on his side. This is a pup who's comfortable just about anywhere and usually adapts well to new situations. They have the tendency to be pretty easy-going and not at all difficult to live with, and you can feel secure in your job as pup parent because they trust without abandon and will do anything for you.
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A.k.a., the how-do-your-legs-even-bend-that-way, pups who drift off in this position seem to have gone unconscious right smack in the middle of a play session. All four legs are already on the ground, so they can quickly and easily spring back to their feet and into action. Lots of puppies and puppies at heart will snooze this way, and it could mean that they're very easily motivated (treats and squeaky sounds are all it takes!) and aim to please. Also be prepared for endless, endless bouts of energy.
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Many a young pup will be found in this position, as they'll basically plop down for a nap where and whenever they can squeeze one in. Lucky for you, it also means they're able to jump back up at a moment's notice and not miss out on anything interesting.

These guys are ready for anything, but their exuberance won't get the better of them. They are gentle and responsive to your emotions, though sometimes this sensitivity can give them a certain shyness. No worries though, pups. We're here for you no matter what.
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Your Dog’s Sleeping Position Reveals More About His Personality Than You Ever Imagined

H/t Little Things, Featured Image via @blaine_griffon

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