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Pix We Love: A Dog’s Guide to Napping Like a Pro

In honor of National Napping Day, the dogs of Instagram share tips for dozing the hours away.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Mar 9th 2015


Napping might seem easy on the surface, but there are intricacies to the ancient art that might escape the attentions of the lowly human. Helpfully, dogs are experts at the pursuit of snoozing. So on National Napping Day, here’s an Instagram-sourced guide to learning to doze like a power-napping pooch. Sweet dreams!

A photo posted by @frannaysaurus on Feb 25, 2015 at 2:10pm PST

A true nap connoisseur always has a hand-knitted blanket nearby.

A photo posted by kira e. (@kira_alz) on Mar 1, 2015 at 12:19pm PST

Embrace your environment! If you’re in the middle of a snowstorm, a fireplace is your friend. If you’re enjoying a burst of sunny weather, make it an al fresco nap.

A photo posted by Discovery Lighting (@discoverylighting) on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:47am PST

A stuffed toy makes for an ideal nap mate. This pup is demonstrating a top-notch spooning technique with a sock monkey.

A photo posted by Laura Isabella (@lauraisabelok) on Feb 4, 2015 at 2:00am PST

Alternatively, it is quite acceptable to repurpose your favorite toy into a napping prop.

A photo posted by Sammy Pong (@sammypong) on May 10, 2014 at 10:46pm PDT

Being forced to nap without the option of a pillow is simply uncivilized.

A photo posted by Jopert S (@iamjopert) on Mar 5, 2015 at 3:34pm PST

On the other hand, a human makes for a fine pillow substitute. Remember, any limb or body part will do.

A photo posted by Diva Zita and her wild family (@zita_n_family) on Feb 15, 2015 at 8:54am PST

Advanced-level napping can involve many complicated poses. Marvel at the form of this Maltese.

A photo posted by Best Bully Sticks (@bestbullysticks) on Feb 5, 2015 at 7:42am PST

Likewise, synchronized napping is one of the world’s most fantastic feats.

A photo posted by Chi-Town Lucy (@chi_town_lucy) on Jan 15, 2015 at 2:12pm PST

This Chihuahua knows that a state of true snugness can only be fully achieved while wearing a pair of pajamas.

Do your dogs nap like pros? Show us by posting a photo in the comments below!

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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.