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10 Ways You And Your Pet Sleep That Speak Volumes About Your Relationship

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

The relationship between a pet owner and a pet is an extremely special one.

Our pets can be a source of so much joy and love. And just as they can learn a lot from us, there is so much we can learn from them as well.

And when I saw that we can learn a lot about this special pet-owner bond by simply observing the way we sleep, I had to know more.

This exclusive look at pet-owner relationships examines just what your sleeping position with your pet truly reveals.

In my house, my dog likes to sleep curled up comfortably by my feet. When I saw what that revealed about our relationship, I was floored by how spot on it was.

Scroll through below until you find the sleep position that best matches you and your pet, and to see exactly what that says about you both.

What did your sleeping position say about your pet relationship? Let us know in the comments.

1. On the Chest

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When your pet likes to snooze on your chest, it shows that you share a deep connection.

You understand one another in your own special way. Your pet loves napping on your chest because it affords them the chance to be as close to you as possible. They love the sensation of breathing together, feeling the rise and fall of each other’s chests.

Whether you have been gone all day at work, or they’ve been off playing in another room, this sleep time is your chance to really reconnect with your animal soul mate.

2. Sprawled Out

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If your pet likes to sprawl out on the bed or couch, leaving no room for you at all, it reveals that your relationship is all about power dynamics.

This sleep position reveals some minor control issues. Sprawling out is your pet’s cute and friendly way of letting you know that they have the power right now.

But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As the person responsible for feeding and caring for your pet, you often have the power. It’s only fair that you share it with them once in awhile.

And at the end of the day, there is something secretly adorable about them sleeping like a starfish.

3. A Pile of Puppies

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A pile of puppies sounds like a dream come true. If you sleep with a bunch of animals piled on top of you, this shows that you share a familial bond with your pets.

In the case of newborn pups, their pile-on is all about a parent-child relationship. They respect you as a pseudo-mother or father, and yearn to sleep close by you and each other.

For pets that you’ve had a long time, the familial relationship is much more enduring. You are all in this together, and you all love being close to one another at the end of a long day.

4. Cuddling

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Just like cuddling with other people, cuddling with your pet is all about affection.

In your relationship, you value showing each other just how much you care. Your cat might rub up against your leg during the day. Your dog might give you a gentle nudge with his nose.

But when it’s time for bed, the ultimate way you show your affection for one another is with an epic cuddle-fest.

It’s not just about loving each other; it’s about showing that you love each other.

5. In Your Face

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Unsurprisingly, when your pet likes to sleep on top of your face, it shows that you two have some real kinks to work out.

Like any relationship, yours is imperfect. While you may care for each other deeply, you aren’t always on the same page.

Things might just get awkward or uncomfortable when you have to pry your pet off of your face. But it just shows that you each have to do a little work to find something that works for the both of you.

Look for ways to compromise with your pet, and it might ease any tension the two of you have been feeling.

6. Side-by-Side

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The side-by-side sleeping position shows that you are 100% equal partners.

Your dog thinks of you as a fellow dog, and you think of your dog as a fellow person. This is a partnership that is built on great respect for one another.

While you are ultimately responsible for your pet’s care, you are extremely aware of just how much your pet gives you in return through love and companionship.

7. Foot Warmer

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The foot warmer is a position that shows that your pet thinks that they are your caretaker.

This is an adorable dynamic where your pet not only thinks that they run the house, but they believe that it is their job to look out for you.

This fierce loyalty and caring nature shows just what a special pet they are.

And at the end of the day, they know it is their job to keep your feet warm (and they get to be close to you as an added bonus).

8. Right in the Middle

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Not every relationship is between one owner and one pet. Sometimes, your pet likes to get right in the middle of things, like a third wheel.

This third wheel type of relationship is definitely not ideal. It may feel like your pet is putting a strain on the relationship between you and your partner.

In this situation, it is important to set boundaries. You don’t have to love your pet any less by giving your human relationship some room to breathe.

Your pet-owner bond will be stronger for it in the long run.

9. Under the Covers

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If your pet likes to sleep under the covers with you, it reveals that you have a fun, dynamic relationship.

You care for each other very much, and you especially love to play together. Much of your time is spent laughing, wrestling, or playing games with one another.

At the end of a long day, game time doesn’t have to end. There is something fun and playful about climbing under the sheets. It makes early morning playtime the next day all that much easier.

10. Spooning

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The spooning sleep position is one that is all about being comfortable with one another.

Your relationship is a laid-back, easy-going one. You are always comfortable being around one another.

Neither of you is overly needy, requiring constant affection or attention. You are both content sitting in a room silently together – you reading a book, and them relaxing by the television set.

And at the end of the day, you come back together to reconnect with a little bit of pet-owner spooning.

The way you sleep with your pet truly can reveal a lot about your pet relationship.

What did your sleep position reveal about you and your pet? Let us know in the comments.

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