Why Do Dogs Paw And Scratch At Their Beds?

Before bedtime, many of us have a certain routine with specific rituals that we like to follow. Maybe it’s washing your face, brushing your teeth, or having a hot cup of tea. Well, as it turns out, dogs have their bedtime rituals too.

As a dog owner, you’ve most likely seen your dog pawing, sniffing, scratching, or even biting their beds. It might look super weird from a human perspective, but don’t worry, it’s completely normal.

There are actually a few reasons for this odd behavior. The first is instinct. Even though our fluffy, cuddly dogs are domesticated, they come from a lineage of wild dogs and wolves. It’s most likely an evolutionary behavior of wolf behavior. They often dig holes to stay warm and get comfortable in the hard dirt.

“There has been some conjecture that digging at bedding, upholstered furniture or soft flooring (such as rugs or carpets) is akin to digging a hole or spreading bedding to make a nest,” Dr. Elizabeth Stelow, chief of animal behavior services at the University of California, Davis, told a fellow website. “This is the most likely purpose when the dog then lies down in the specific spot it was scratching.”

Continue to the next page to find out other reasons why your dog might scratch at their bed.

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