Many owners notice that before going to bed, the dog begins to dig his bed. Or even paws paws on the floor on which he is going to sleep. Why does a dog dig the bedding and should I be worried about it?
There are several reasons why a dog digs the bedding.
- This is an inborn behavior, an instinct. The ancestors of dogs dug holes or crushed grass to lie down comfortably. And modern dogs have inherited this habit. Only here in our homes most often there is neither grass nor earth. You have to dig what is there: a bedding, a sofa or even a floor. There is no need to worry about this. Well, except for the well-being of the sofa.
- Trying to make the place more comfortable. Sometimes dogs dig the bedding, trying to arrange it more conveniently in this way. To make your sleep sweeter. This is also not a cause for concern.
- A way to release emotions. Sometimes digging in the bedding is a way to shed accumulated but unspent excitement. If this happens infrequently and the dog calms down quickly, there is nothing to worry about. If the pet violently tears the litter with its paws, and this happens almost every day, perhaps this is an occasion to reconsider the conditions of its life.
- A sign of discomfort. The dog digs, lies down, but almost immediately gets up again. Or he doesn’t lie down at all, but, after digging, goes to another place, starts digging there, but again cannot find an acceptable position. However, she does not sleep well. If you observe this, it may be a reason to consult with a veterinarian if your four-legged friend is in pain.