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Understanding a Siberian Husky’s Sleep Style

By Diane Morgan

Noting the body position of your Siberian Husky as he sleeps reveals a lot about his comfort levels and his self-image. In cold weather, the Siberian Husky does what is known in the trade as the Siberian swirl, carefully tucking his tender nose under that furry tail for warmth.

A Husky curled snugly close beside you is probably not so much interested in keeping warm (he’s hotter than you are) as he is keeping safe. If he’s an alpha dog, however, you may notice that he keeps himself a little distant from you — maybe just a few inches. He wants to be secure, but at the same time he’s letting you know that he is perfectly capable of handling anything that comes up. A dog farther down on the dominance scale may snuggle more closely.

If your Husky prefers to take his ease flat on his back, legs in the air, you may take comfort in knowing that you have a supremely confident, friendly dog without a care in the world. He is totally at ease. This is an extremely vulnerable posture, and only the most self-assured dog will assume that position.

A dreaming dog exhibits the same rapid eye movement (REM) found in people. Don’t disturb a dreaming dog. You may be walking right into his nightmare. The gentlest dog in the world has been known to snap if awakened at the wrong time.

A Siberian lying flat on his stomach, legs sprawling in every direction, is probably hot. He is trying to dissipate his body heat as efficiently as possible.

A yawning Husky doesn’t necessarily mean a tired Husky. Yawns may also indicate anxiety or tension. You will often observe them, for instance, when getting your Husky ready for a walk or a ride.