‘What’s going through his head?’ Dog’s strange napping position raises eyebrows

A dog’s bizarre sleeping position has gone viral, leaving TikTok users laughing.

In the clip shared by Nikki (@nikkiandem), her boxer pup, Emma, ​​lies on her back on the floor. Its paws are in the air while its head and ears are pressed against the carpet.

It seems like nothing out of the ordinary, until Nikki zooms in on Emma’s upside-down face, revealing big eyes and an upside-down smile.

“What’s going through his head?” the 27-year-old wrote alongside the funny footage, which received 1.3 million views.

A file photo shows a sleeping boxer. A dog’s unusual nap position made TikTok users smile.
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Although Emma’s sleeping posture may seem odd to us, dogs can sleep in a range of weird and wonderful positions.

Emma’s sleeping position is known as “tummy up,” and it means a dog is relaxed and comfortable, according to animal scientist Jacqueline Boyd. Dogs don’t expose their bellies if they feel threatened, so revealing their bellies is a sign that they feel safe in their surroundings.

In comparison, anxious dogs often sleep curled up in a ball, as this makes them appear smaller and less noticeable. Or they will be in a “sphinx” position, with their heads resting on their paws, which means they are ready for action.

A dog’s age and breed can also influence their sleeping position. For example, dogs with short snouts, such as boxers, often sleep with their heads up to help them breathe easier, while the “Superman” pose – flat on the ground – is common in puppies who have become exhausted at play.

TikTokers couldn’t get enough of the boxer and his unusual resting position. AJ commented, “omg didn’t expect that.”

“Not a single thought that day,” Andie Crouch said.

“I love those flexible jaws,” wrote Kathy Kennedy Boone.

“Such beauty and grace,” Chantel joked.

“I am one with the ground, the ground is with me,” user 2896346667439 joked.

“[She’s] finally figured out what gravity does…and love it,” said cantgetrite.

“If you flip a photo like that, it will be even funnier,” advised Sia L.

“I have never met a boxer who was not a clown with a huge [heart]“said JustAnAverageDogDadOf3.

And Wendy Killop commented, “Sometimes you have to look at things from a whole new perspective to understand this world.”

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