What Does It Mean When a Dog Sleeps With Their Tongue Out?

As a dog lover and owner, I’ve seen my fair share of dogs sleeping with their tongues out. But is it normal? The short answer is yes, it is completely normal for a dog to sleep with their tongue out.

In fact, it’s a common behavior among many different breeds and is nothing to be concerned about. However, it’s important to note that there are certain medical conditions or issues that can cause a fido to sleep with its tongue out, so it’s always a good idea to consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns.

In this article, I will dive deeper into the topic of dogs sleeping with their tongues out and explore what it means for your furry friend.

What are the possible causes of a dog’s tongue sticking out when they sleep?

let me tell you if you see your furry friend’s tongue sticking out while they sleep, don’t stress, it’s probably just normal physical behavior. But, as with anything in life, it’s important to be aware of the possible causes.

Normal physical behavior: nothing to worry about, dogs just relax their muscles and let their tongues hang out when they’re in a deep sleep.

Heat regulation, canines cool down by panting, and sometimes when they’re sleeping and it’s hot, they let their tongues hang out to help regulate their body temperature.

Neurological issues, sometimes a sticking out tongue could be a sign of something deeper, like a brain tumor or seizure disorder, so make sure you consult with a vet if you’re concerned.

Respiratory issues, if your pup is having trouble breathing, it might stick out its tongue to help them breathe more easily.

Dental problems, overbite, or a misaligned jaw, can cause discomfort and make the fido stick out its tongue while sleeping.

Medication side effects, some meds used to treat other conditions can cause the tongue to stick out as a side effect.

Your Dog Sleeps With His Tongue Hanging Out. What Does It Mean?

How does a dog’s facial structure affect its tendency to sleep with its tongue out?

Let me tell you, the relationship between a fido’s facial structure and its tendency to sleep with its tongue out is a real thing.

It’s all about the shape of the muzzle, the position of the jaw, and the size of the tongue.

Some breeds have a certain type of muzzle that makes them more likely to sleep with their tongue out and that’s just how it is. Like in Bulldogs, for example, their short muzzle and pushed-in face make them more likely to stick their tongue out while sleeping.

So, don’t be surprised if you see your furry friend’s tongue hanging out, it’s just science.

How does a dog’s sleeping position impact its health?

  • Joint and muscle health: For example, dogs that sleep on their back with their legs spread out may be at risk of developing hip dysplasia or arthritis in the long term.
  • Respiratory health: Canines that sleep on their back with their tongue hanging out, or those with brachycephalic breeds may be more prone to breathing difficulties.
  • Cardiovascular health: Certain sleeping positions, such as those that put pressure on the chest, may put a canine at risk for cardiovascular problems.
  • Digestive health: Dogs that sleep on their back may be more prone to developing bloat, a serious condition that can be fatal if not treated immediately.
  • Mental health: Dogs that feel uncomfortable in their sleeping position may be more prone to developing anxiety or stress.

How Can You Prevent Your Dog From Sleeping With Their Tongue Out?

1. Provide Adequate Rest: Make sure that your furry friend is getting enough sleep and rest. He should have between 12-14 hours of sleep every day, depending on his age and breed.

2. Make Sure They’re Hydrated: A dehydrated dog tends to sleep with their tongue out more often, so make sure your pup has enough water all day.

3. Offer Comfort: If your furry friend feels comfortable, he or she will be less likely to sleep with their tongue out. Make sure that your pup’s bed is comfortable and warm, and give them plenty of attention and affection.

4. Avoid Stress: Try to reduce your pup’s stress levels by minimizing loud noises, providing a safe space for them to go to when they’re feeling anxious, and avoiding situations that can be too overwhelming for them.

5. Try a Cooling Mat: Cooling mats are great for providing extra comfort for canines in the summer months. The cooling sensation helps keep your pup from overheating, which can lead to more tongue-hanging.

6. Use a Breathable Bed Cover: Many dog beds are not breathable, which can make your pup over-heat while they’re sleeping. Using a breathable bed cover can help keep your pup cool while they sleep.

7. Apply a Small Amount of Olive Oil on the Tongue: Applying a small amount of olive oil on your furry friend’s tongue can provide moisture and keep it from sticking out while they sleep.

How to moisturize a dog’s tongue using oils?

To moisturize a fido’s tongue, it is recommended to apply a small amount of olive oil all over its surface. For smaller pups, no more than a 1/4 teaspoon should be used, while larger breeds use up to one tablespoon.
Other oils, such as sweet almond oil and CBD oil tinctures, can also be safely used.
It is also beneficial to apply a balm to the lips to help seal in moisture.
Coconut oil is also an excellent choice for overall skin and coat health.


It is completely normal for furry friends to sleep with their tongues out. In fact, it is a common and natural behavior for many canines.

So, don’t fret if you see your furry friend snoozing with their tongue hanging out, it’s just their way of staying cool and comfortable during a peaceful slumber.


  • Deepmala Khatik

    Hello there, I'm Deepmala Khatik! I'm a proud dog lover and a dedicated pet nutritionist, with a passion for providing the best possible nutrition for our furry friends. My own furry friend, Jasper, is a beautiful German Shepherd dog is a constant source of inspiration for me. Through my blog, I hope to share my knowledge and experience with other pet owners, and help them provide the best possible nutrition for their furry friends. In addition to my work in pet nutrition, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places with my family. I'm also a foodie at heart, and I love experimenting with new recipes, both for my family and for my furry friends. My goal is to provide valuable, science-backed information on pet nutrition through my blog. I believe that every pet owner should have access to the information they need to provide their dogs with the best possible nutrition. I'm dedicated to continuing to learn and update my knowledge to ensure that I'm providing the most up-to-date information for my readers.

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