The main reason why puppies curl into a ball when they sleep is to harness all of the body heat that they can. Sometimes, young dogs get chilly, and they assume this position to feel warmer. Obviously, you should give your dog a cozy bed or blanket to help him or her get more comfortable if you notice a lot of curling up into a ball when your pet is resting.
Making sure that room temperatures are right for your new canine pal is also important. If your dog is sleeping outdoors or in a cold room, he or she may get very chilled and feel terrible while sleeping. It is your job to ensure that your puppy is warm enough. While Fido may still choose to curl up in a ball even when the room is adequately heated, this canine behaviour is usually a sign that your pet is simply not warm enough. Curling up will naturally ease when your puppy is in a warm place.
If your pup has been sleeping with you in your bed, but you’ve decided to pursue a new arrangement where your dog sleeps elsewhere, “curling up” behaviour may indicate that your puppy misses your warmth and the comfort of sharing your bed with you.
Remember that some floors are awfully cold, especially in the dead of night. Look for a dog bed that is well insulated to protect your puppy from the bitter cold. Even outdoor dogs will benefit from soft, supportive “kennel” dog beds that give them a sense of security and comfort.
Dog beds may be purchased online or from local pet stores. Search for a good-quality brand that will stand up to the test of time. If you groom your puppy by trimming his or her coat very close, he or she may miss the warmth of his or her fur, and this is another good reason to supply supplemental warmth.
Sometimes, a soft blanket or old shirt that carries your scent will offer emotional comfort as well as basic warmth.
Snuggle with Your New Pet to Warm and Comfort Him or Her
Puppies who curl up into a ball when they sleep are exhibiting very normal puppy behaviour, so there is really no cause for concern. Just being sure that your dog has appropriate accessories, and a sufficiently warm environment is really the easiest way to deal with any worry that this behaviour causes. Of course, snuggling with Fido sometimes and petting him gently from the neck to the top of the tail is another great way to soothe and warm your animal, and to bond with him.
Your love and affection will warm Fido from the inside out, so don’t be afraid to show you care through soft touches, kind words, and lots of gentle, tender stroking and caresses. Bonding with your pet is a perfect way to get to know your puppy better. Touching your new canine buddy a lot will help you to become more familiar with his or her body.
Puppy massage is a wonderful technique for soothing “curling up” activity, while also testing your dog’s body for any tissue injuries, swelling, or muscle strains. Doctors and vets “palpate” areas of the body to look for problems, and you can do the same, while also warming your pup.
Now that you know a little more about why your puppy curls up into a ball while sleeping, you will be ready to create the perfect sleeping environment for your pet. If Fido is currently bedding down in a crate, you can make this portable “den” more inviting and warm by adding crate mats, fleece pads or sheepskin dog beds that are specially fitted to the dimensions of the crate. These accessories will make your puppy far more comfortable is his or her den and they will give you more peace of mind as you train your new pet.