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Just a curiosity question

Lillie May

Good Dog
I'm curious how many of you have dogs that won't sleep on their backs, or ever lay on their back exposing their belly. I know it's not a bad thing. I'm not concerned in the least way. But I find it interesting that the most easy going, submissive type one in the group, doesn't do it.

I've been working on it, and he will give me 3/4 now. Not a complete roll onto the back, but 3 legs up. It may be as far as we get, and I'm ok with it. I've read somewhere, probably on here, where some dogs just won't do it. So do any of you have a dog like this?
 

dogeatdog

Good Dog
My dog doesn't , sometimes he almost does with his legs in the air under the blankets, but being on his back makes him sneeze.
 

Michele

Chi Super Dog
Administrator
My dog sleeps however he wants to. He sleeps side ways, on his back, curled up in a ball.
 

lizzy275

Little Dog
My dog will sleep on his back but in general unless he is being silly he really isn't a roll on his back for pets/belly rubs kind of dog.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
My dog sleeps however he wants to. He sleeps side ways, on his back, curled up in a ball.
That's what the other 3 dogs do too. They will flip onto their backs for belly pets, when they're being silly, and one of them will flip on his back while he's playing. Not Buddie, not ever!

I really love learning how and why dogs behave in certain ways. That's what's interesting in this case. Such as, a fearful or dominant dog would perhaps, be less likely to display their belly than a submissive one. Of the 4 dogs, Buddie's the only one I trust to play well with the others without getting an attitude. A really low key, easy going pet, that you'd think would happily flip over. Nope, not happening.​
 

BCdogs

Good Dog
Super Moderator
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Squirt is practically always upside down. The second you look at him he will flop over for belly rubs. He is not a submissive dog.



Piggy sleeps on her side, or curled up in a ball. Though she likes belly rubs, I've never seen her go upside down the way Squirt does. She's a very submissive dog for what it's worth.
 

Kit

Good Dog
Rikki, who is quite shy with most people, will flip over for belly rubs the second you walk into the bedroom.
Rosie will roll over for belly rubs and sometimes rolls around with her belly up..
Frankie, who is super submissive, rarely exposed her belly.
I think Marshall would, but I don't think he can do it physically. He either lays flat, or semi curled up
 

FetchingInTheRain

Little Dog
Premium Member
Raine doesn't roll onto her back because when she does she sneezes nonstop lol. Even laying on her side sometimes makes her sneeze, but she sleeps on her side usually. When she wants belly rubs she just shows her stomach from laying on her side.
 

dogeatdog

Good Dog
Raine doesn't roll onto her back because when she does she sneezes nonstop lol. Even laying on her side sometimes makes her sneeze, but she sleeps on her side usually. When she wants belly rubs she just shows her stomach from laying on her side.
That is what Tank does, do you know (or anyone else) if there is a reason why it makes them sneeze?
 

FetchingInTheRain

Little Dog
Premium Member
That is what Tank does, do you know (or anyone else) if there is a reason why it makes them sneeze?
From the brief searching I've done they say the mucus in their noses moves backwards and bothers their sinuses causing them to sneeze and clear their noses. I guess its a tickling sensation like one most people get right before they sneeze lol.
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Bentley will roll on his back but he doesn't sleep on his back. None of the other 2 dogs sleep on their backs either. My brother's Goldens do though.

I don't necessarily think it's based on who's dominant/relaxed/submissive/etc., just how they're comfortable.
 

GoingPostal

Good Dog
Ripley is the only one of mine that really sleeps on her back or all sprawled out in some way, she is pretty easy going but definitely top dog around here -the other two are more of "pit ball" type sleepers. The girls will both roll over on their own for belly rubs but the male doesn't, he is the most submissive of the group and the least comfortable with handling.
 

Nat Ursula

Good Dog
Tonka is very submissive. She rarely sleeps on her back. She would do it out in the sun if we let her. Our last dog was DA and very dominant and she slept all over the house on her back.
She begs to go to the dog sitter's house. This is what she does when she goes there. I don't get it?
 

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Lillie May

Good Dog
The pics are great and what I was talking about! Molly will sleep like Squirt with one or both legs straight up in the air. I think she looks like the dead horse in Animal House! All three others will lay like Brooklyn for cuddles or belly rubs. It's not just the sleeping, it's the awake part I'm really interested in. I'm seeing a small pattern here from your posts though. Back to Molly for a second, she's Queen Bee here. She sleeps and flips over on her back for people all the time, but never for the other dogs. Midnight thinks she's boss, but same thing. Duke is the other BBM, will show his belly to people and the other dogs. Then there's Buddie, he doesn't do either one!

Does it interest anyone else that it has nothing to do with confidence, trust, personality traits, or the way dogs talk to each other? These are the things I like to learn about. One of many great aspects of the forum is being able to discuss things like this with other dog owners!

Nat, I thought I was going to see a pic of Tonka on her back sunning herself, lol. What don't you get specifically?
 

dogeatdog

Good Dog
So looking through photos it seems he can sleep on his back but this is not his norm, he likes to ball up mostly.
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It has taking him six years to throw his head back and puff out his chest for a scratch . He will let us cradle him like a baby and carry him around but only a select few he would trust enough to hold him like that. He is not at all submissive, and is genuinely not a very trusting dog.
 
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Jazzy

GRCH Dog
Veronica rarely sleeps on her back and she also doesn't like to roll over very much - however when she was re-couping from her CCL surgery the rehab doc said she had a little arthritis in her lower back so I'm assuming it isn't all that comfortable for her.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
I got full flipped over on his back, back legs open earlier!!! I don't know if it was from us working on it, or the fact he was the only dog in the house. I'm thinking it was the latter, but I don't care! He did it, that's all that matters to me. He got jackpot reward, dehydrated chicken heart. He was super excited for that. I'm super excited he did it, lol. Only dog people will get this.