What is Dog Sunning and Why Do They Love It? Did you know dogs enjoy time under the sun just like we do? Continue to read on to understand how dog sunning can be beneficial!

What is Dog Sunning and Why Do They Love It?

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Spending time under the warm sun not only feels great, but it is also beneficial. Take some time to bond with your furry friend under the rays.

We’ve all seen a dog laying out in the sun, soaking up the rays. But did you know that there’s a scientific term for this behavior? It’s called “dog sunning” and it’s a natural and instinctive behavior for many dog breeds. In this blog post, we’ll explore what dog sunning is, why dogs love it, and how to safely incorporate it into your pup’s daily routine. So, let’s dive in and find out why dogs just can’t resist a good sunbathing session!


Rays And Shine

Dog sunning is what us humans call sunbathing. Our furry friends enjoy the sun just as much as we do! The moment they see sun rays, they seek out a sunny spot to enjoy its warmth. Resting under the rays is not only enjoyable but beneficial for dogs.


The Sunny Benefits

Direct sunlight not only helps dogs regulate their body temperature, but it also aids in the production of vitamin D. Vitamin D also helps regulate calcium and phosphorus levels in the body, which are essential for bone development. Vitamin D produced by their bodies is stored in their hair and fatty tissues. It is also beneficial in nerve and muscle control. The majority of the vitamin D used by the body can be obtained through diet, but a significant portion can be gained through exposure to direct sunlight.



One of the many reasons dogs like to sun themselves is because this increases their levels of serotonin. Happiness and stabilized moods are attributed to serotonin. It makes perfect sense that our pets are at ease and content when they're bathed in sunlight.  And if they happen to find the sun in their favorite spot, on a comfy chair or your lap, you can bet they won't budge an inch until the sun moves on! After all, sunshine = happiness! Who doesn't love being happy? Our beloved dogs certainly do! So let them take in some vitamin D while they can, it will keep them as cheery as ever.


Is Too Much Sun Exposure Harmful?

Spending too much time outside under direct sunlight can lead to sunburn and skin cancer for a dog. There are some dogs that are more prone to sunburn than others. Dogs with white or light-colored fur, short, thin coats, and hairless breeds are more at risk to get sunburned.


Make sure your dog has access to shade and water to prevent sunburn. If your pet is a lover of the outdoors, you may want to consider purchasing dog safe sunscreen. It is important NOT to use sunscreen made for humans due to ingredients that are okay for us, but toxic to pets.


Keep Calm and Sun On

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of why dogs like to lay in the sun. Your pets need enough sun to recognize the various benefits of getting out in the sunshine, but not too much.


Spending time outside with your pup under the sun is not only beneficial but it incorporates bonding time as well. It’s the perfect way to boost each other’s serotonin! 

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