Relaxing alongside your dog can be a calming and enjoyable experience that brings you and your pet closer together. Whether it’s sitting in a cosy room while your dog has a snooze or cuddling up next to your dog for a nap on the sofa, it’s nice to feel close to your dog and see how cute they look when they’re sleeping.
Unfortunately, the experience of relaxing with your dog can quickly be ruined when your dog chooses to sleep with their bum facing you.
Dogs seem to like sleeping with their bum facing their owners – but, of course, the feeling is not mutual! As much as you love your dog, you probably don’t want them sticking their bum in your face. Especially if your dog wags their tail in their sleep, which means you get whacked in the face too!
So why do dogs like to do this? What makes a dog think that sleeping with their bum facing you is a great idea? Let’s find out.
Here’s why your dog sleeps with their bum facing you
There are actually two reasons why your dog sleeps with their bum facing you: safety and comfort.
Reason #1: Safety
Dogs are pack animals and it’s in their nature to protect the members of their pack. And for them to want members of the pack to protect them in return.
Sleeping with their bum facing you does two things.
Firstly, it means the dog is facing away from you, ready to spot any approaching threats.
Secondly, it means that you are behind the dog, ready to defend them from behind if needed.
So, by sleeping with their bum facing you, your dog feels that they are keeping you safe, while also trusting that you’ve got their back too.
Reason #2: Comfort
Another reason why your dog may choose to sleep with their bum facing you is that it may simply be comfortable.
Whether it’s the feeling of the surface they’re lying on, the warmth from your body if they are pressed against you, or the fact that you tend to give them a stroke on the rear when they lie that way, your dog might choose to sleep with their bum facing you purely because they like how it feels.
After all, what could be better than snuggling down with your beloved owner on a rainy day?!
How to stop your dog sleeping with their bum facing you
Sleeping with their bum facing you might make your dog feel comfortable and safe, but that doesn’t mean you want to tolerate having their bum in your face all the time!
So what can you do about it?
We recommend a 3-step approach:
- Make them feel comfortable facing towards you. This might include positioning pillows or blankets in a way that encourages them to lie with their bum facing outwards, rather than towards you.
- Make them feel safe. This could involve having their blankets and toys nearby so that they are sleeping around familiar smells. It may also help to position yourself so that the dog is between you and a wall. The dog will likely choose to face out into the room in order to keep an eye on things, which will mean they’re facing towards you, rather than sticking their bum in your face!
- Reward good behavior. The best way to encourage your dog to do something (or to stop doing something!) is to reward them whenever they do the right thing. So in this case, you could try giving your dog a treat every time they lie down facing you, and stop the treats when they turn away.
Finally, there is one more option of course…
You could just put up with having your dog’s bum in your face from time to time!
Sure, it might not be the most pleasant way to relax. But you can at least rest assured that allowing your dog to lie down with their bum facing you is making them feel safe and comfortable.
Plus, it’s often said that dogs smell good when they sleep, so maybe try to focus more on the lovely corn chip smell, and less on their stinky bum!