Is there any reason that my dog always lays with his legs stretched out behind him?

I assume it's just so that he can cool himself the best, but I also worry that this may be an early symptom of hip problems. He is a smallish Pit- lab mix who is 2 years old.
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It's probably just the way he wants to lay. My dogs did it when they were younger, but now they're too old/sore to lay that way.
I have a rescued mutt, about 25-30lbs. who does that. It looks funny yet cute!!!
My guess is that it's comfortable for him.
lol my puppy does the same thing, and so does his daddy, their both full-bred blue nose pits. i think its cute. maybe their just comfy. their both very lazy too.. sometimes they sleep on their backs, all spread eagle. lol. i think if your pup was in pain he would let you know. you would notice something like that.
I have a Shelty from top of the nation certified for hips show dogs that dose this. Very unusual position in a shelty. Many of the bull dogs types like this position. they have breething problems with smashed faces and also heat problems and as you say, it helps cool them. If your dog has long hair you can clip or shave the belley to help him cool off. He needs lots of cold clean water on hand.
Mainly a dog with poor hips would find this position to be painful. or would limp when rising.
I wouldnt worry about hip problems. For some dogs, its just more comfortable to stretch out like that. My jack russell does it all the time.
many times it is because the surface that he is laying on is cooler than the air (and his skin) and he is trying to get his bare skin on the cooler surface in as much area as possible
I have a boxer and she does it all the time as well. I have asked my vet about it and he said there are no problems, they are just comfortable. Nothing to worry about.
They are comfortable that way all my dogs lay like that
A dog stands on his feet alot in the day, may be he is just trying to rest them this way as if to stretch them to let them limber up naturally. This way they won't be stiff when he stands next time I would guess. They do what feels natural.
alot of dogs lay this way, as you said too cool off or they find it comfortable. there is no problem with hips if able to get into that position.
Alot of them do it... Puppies who are newborn will lay like that, older dogs.. I think it's a comfort thing..
We call it ' Frog Dog ' :)
There are just some dog breeds that have this trait. Our Jack Russel's are all that way. I wouldn't worry. Ours lay that way if they are chewing on something, just lying around and we have one that walks around on her front legs dragging her back legs until she gets where she is going. I know it helps them cool off and it is a way they stretch.
Nope, it's just because they are comfortable. Many dogs do that, only the young dogs do that it's because they are trying to cool them off. Because air can't cool them off that easily as by laying on a cold surface. But as the dog became older, they can't do that because they are sore or too old to do that. So don't worry!
he is comfortable,. If he had a hip problem he would not be able to do such. When your sleep he probably looks at you and wonder the same thing. If its hot where you live I guess that could be a reason for him to also do that to open up to good air. But I still think its comfort. Hes not the only one that does it.
If he had hip problems, he wouldn't be able to do it! No, it's just a comfort thing, I guess. One of my Danes likes to do that, and I just shake my head at her, wondering how on earth she gets all those long legs stretched out in a position like that.
thats what my boxer does all the time. i think its just comfortable to him :)
I had a blue heeler mix that did this. We would call him frog dog when he did it. He never had any hip problems. I think it is just comfortable for some dogs and can be cool to put his tummy on a cool tile floor.
I have several dogs including two pitts that do the same thing. It is so they can cool down better and faster. We call it frog-doggin. None of our dogs have any hip problems so I wouldn't worry.
My puppy does it a lot & I love it. I think its (1) to cool themselves off and (2) to itch their tum tums
I also have a Pit/Lab mix, 11 months old & she often lays down that way. I think it's adorable. She just looks very comfortable. I wouldn't worry about any early symptoms of anything to come based on that position alone. Like many others have written I think their just comfortable that way...


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