A sploot in dogs is something you may have never heard about before, and now you are likely dying to know what it's all about. There's always time to learn something new when it comes to the world of dogs!
Indeed, in the dog world, there never seems to be a shortage of colorful expressions and words to entertain us and keep our minds busy.
So let's discover more about sploots in dogs and what they mean.
What is a Sploot in Dogs?
A dog sploot is simply a cute name to describe the position dogs sometimes assume when they lie down with their back legs extended.
It's the canine equivalent of a human who is sleeping on his back with the legs splayed out.
However, in dogs this position is not very common considering that their legs aren't crafted for this level of flexibility.
It therefore takes a certain type of conformation to make splooting possible, and this explains why not all dogs are capable of assuming this comical position.
While sploot is the common name for describing this position, many dog owners also use the term "frogging" considering that it resembles the position of frog's legs.
Different Types of Sploots in Dogs
There are sploots and sploots in the dog world. While the classical sploot is ultimately the most popular, these variances yield some laughs too.
The traditional sploot: dog has both hind legs splayed out in a frog-like fashion.
The one-leg sploot: one hind leg is splayed out, the other is tucked in. You see this often in dogs who are getting ready to get up soon.
What Type of Dogs Sploot?
Not all dogs are prone to splooting, and therefore we may see some dog breeds splooting more than others.
Age is also a predisposing factor when it comes to splooting in dogs.
Puppies are often seen splooting as their "batteries discharge" fast, one moment they're playing, the next they're tired and ready for a nap.
As they grow and develop though, we may see puppies assume the splooting position less and less, so make sure to capture those sploots with lots of pictures!
The reason why sploots are so popular among puppies is because their hips are more flexible compared to adult and older dogs. The older dogs get, the stiffer they become.
Among dog breeds, corgis are a notorious breed for splooting. Corgis are blessed with flexible hind legs and hips, which makes splooting a natural movement for them. However, not all corgis sploot!
Also, not many large dog breeds can do the sploot, but there are some exceptions. For instance, Fiona, a lab/chow mix we have boarded several times has splooted for us many times.
What's the Purpose of Splooting in Dogs?
So why do dogs sploot? Even the choice of resting or sleeping positions in dogs can reveal something about them.
If we take a look at this position, we can often deduce that the dog must be feeling hot. Perhaps, it's a hot day or the dog is simply hot from exercising.
Either way, one purpose of splooting may be simply the dog enjoying being exposed to the cool tiles, hardwood floor or moist grass which is pleasant considering that a dog's belly has areas that have little to no fur.
Another main purpose is rest. Often you'll see a puppy play a lot, to the point of panting, and then suddenly, out of the blue, he takes a step or two and then suddenly plops himself on the floor.
A sploot is not really a comfortable position for serious, restorative sleep, but it might work well for a short nap if your pup is really tired. This position also allows your pup to quickly spring into action quickly if needed.
Intrigued? Discover more about dog sleeping positions and what they mean: 5 dog sleeping positions.
Benefits of Stretching
Dogs too benefit from stretching their bodies. Indeed, there are even specialists who have made of stretching dogs' bodies their areas of specialty.
When splooting, dogs relieve the tightness in their hips, and the position may also relieve any aches and pains. Call it the canine equivalent of yoga or pilates in humans!
Splooting For X-Rays
Did you know? When dogs undergo x-rays for assessing their hips, they are sometimes put into a frog-leg splooting position, only that they are on their backs rather than on their belly.
The purpose is to replicate what happens when standing and gauge the dog's degree of joint looseness, explains Amy Shojai in the book: "Complete Puppy Care."
Splooting Due to Medical Issues
If your dog never splooted before, and now, out if the blue, is assuming this position more and more, this may be a sign of something medically going on. In other words, something worthy of mentioning to the vet.
Such splooting may be a sign of an orthopedic problem or a spinal or neurological problem. Report to your vet, especially if your dog shows other accompanying signs.