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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.