Adorable sleeping habits of dogs revealed in infographic

This adorable infographic showcases the sleeping antics of Britain's beloved dogs. Guide Dogs is raising awareness of the importance of sleep in the development of the nation's puppies - encouraging midday siestas and a calm and quiet environment to relax in.

The strange sleeping habits of dogs

Three-quarters of the nation's dogs often appear to be running in their sleep (Image: SWNS) Sign up for FREE for latest news plus tips to save money and the environment Invalid email

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They surveyed 2,000 dog owners to discover the positions our canine companions adopt for some shuteye - and the cute, and sometimes embarrassing, antics that go with it.

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Britain's dog owners think their canine companions typically sleeps for around nine hours per day.

The most common position is for the dog to be curled up (71 percent), while 57 percent lie on their back with their legs in the air.

But it is the strange locations where our dogs sleep which can raise an eyebrow.

While two-thirds (67 percent) sleep in their beds, one in ten dogs has been found sleeping in a washing basket, while 24 percent have chosen the arm of the armchair for a snooze.

Overall, 73 percent of respondents admitted they were baffled by some of the sleeping positions they find their dogs in.

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Over half of dogs bark in their sleep

Over half of dogs bark in their sleep (Image: SWNS)

It’s really important to recognise that when a dog is in a bed it should be like a "Do not disturb" sign

Dr Helen Whiteside, Head of Research at Guide Dogs, said: "We’re a nation of dog lovers and our pets are part of our family. "Sleep is incredibly important for a dog’s mental wellbeing, and it plays a significant role in learning and memory, which is why as part of our training at Guide Dogs we let our trainee guide dogs have a midday siesta.

"There are lots of things that owners can do to help their dog get some good quality shut eye.

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"Dogs love routine so it’s important for your dog to have a calm quiet space with a comfortable temperature to sleep in.

"For puppies and younger dogs, getting the foundations right will help support the development of good long-term sleeping habits."

When they do nod off, three-quarters (75 percent) of dogs appear to be in a deep sleep dream as they make strange noises and perform a static running action.

More than half (58 percent) randomly let out a proper bark when they are sleeping.

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Almost three-quarters of Brits have been left baffled by the strange places their dog falls asleep (Image: SWNS)

And 41 percent of dogs kick up a stink by waking themselves up by breaking wind in their sleep.

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While the nation lovingly looks on or laughs as their furry friend sleeps, it’s important to remember the phrase "let sleeping dogs lie".

This is after half of owners have startled their pet by waking them up, while 27 percent have been growled or snapped at for trying to move them off their bed when they were asleep.

Three-quarters (78 percent) of respondents say it's vital that children should be educated to know that they shouldn't disturb a sleeping dog.

And you've got to feel for the 41 percent of dogs who have been tripped over by their owners while they were sleeping.

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The research, carried out via OnePoll for Guide Dogs, revealed a lack of education about dogs and their sleeping behaviour among Britain's dog owners.

Just a third (33 percent) have looked into how much sleep their puppy or dog should have. Of those who have, 70 percent searched online, while 61 percent consulted a vet, and 54 percent spoke to a friend.

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Almost half of dogs have amused their owners by waking themselves up after breaking wind (Image: SWNS)

Six in ten (59 percent) admitted they should educate themselves more on dogs and their sleeping patterns to ensure they're living a healthy life.

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And a quarter said they had taken their dog to the vet because they were worried about its sleeping patterns.

Tim Stafford, Director of Canine Affairs at Guide Dogs, said: "We all love our dogs, but more than half of people admit they should educate themselves more on dogs and their sleeping patterns to ensure they’re living a healthy life.

"To help our dogs get the best possible sleep it’s important to give them a choice, not only in where they sleep but the type of bed they chose to sleep in - some dogs will prefer certain types of beds, while others will opt for no bed at all.

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"It’s also really important to recognise that when a dog is in a bed it should be like a "Do not disturb" sign as, just like some people, some dogs can be grumpy if they are suddenly woken up from a deep sleep."

Alongside the infographic of the Dogs of the UK’s sleeping behaviour, Guide Dogs has also assembled an adorable collection of photographs showing the nation’s dogs asleep.

Guide Dogs has expert advice for making life with your dog a walk in the park, which can be found here.

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