Why Dogs Like to Sleep Under the Covers!
26 April, 2017
dog under covers

A lot of dog lovers like to sleep with their pups right next to them.  Or more likely, your dog will jump up on your bed and sleep right next to you whether you like it or not!  Some dogs take it one step further and will burrow under the covers.  Sometimes it can be really cute or sometimes annoying!  But, there are all sorts of reasons why your dog will sleep under the covers.

Smaller breeds tend to burrow more than larger breeds

Some breeds, like Dachshunds, are bred to burrow, and love to cuddle under the covers. Burrowing can also be a sign of hunting behavior. Dogs also like to bury things for later, like a bone or toy.  It is safe your dogs to sleep under the covers as long as you make surethey have a way to breathe even just by loosening the blankets.

Dogs feel comfort by burrowing under the covers

Dogs feel the comfort of sleeping under blankets to feel warmth and companionship while snuggled up to members of their humans.  Dogs are pack animals and are used to cuddling up in dens with their families. If your dog likes sleeping with you, it’s a sign that she sees you as part of her pack. So if you wake up with your dog’s paw on your head, your dog thinks he is a part of your family!

Dogs instinctively are denning animals

A dog’s natural instinct is to sleep or relax in a small and protected space to feel warm and safe. This is why many dogs actually prefer their crates when left alone at home or to sleep in at night. Give your dog a comfy, sturdy bed with a couple of towels or small blankets to burrow in, and he will do what comes naturally.

Dogs burrow places as a way to escape the noise and have some alone time!

Just like humans, sometimes your dog will find comfort and relaxation by burrowing in a safe, warm place. Burrowing and nesting in a favorite place is soothing and calming.  Just as you have a favorite place to get away, your dog has the same need.

Dogs will also burrow to feel secure and get away from noises

Dogs will often burrow in times of stress, fear or abnormal activity around them such as too many strangers, loud noises like fireworks or machinery. A dark hiding place in another part of the house provides a safe place for them to retreat.

If your dog’s burrowing seems obsessive, he might be anxious

If your dog’s burrowing seems obsessive, try to figure out what the trigger is to ease the anxiety. Is your dog alone for long stretches of time and just bored?  Your dog might just need more exercise or stimulation during the day to keep him occupied.   If you think this is the case, talk to your veterinarian to see if he or she has any recommendations or even a behaviorist.

If you don’t like when your dog burrows under the sheets, make sure to have nice comfy bed for your pup and throw some blankets to keep you both happy!

Want to know how to get your barking puppy to  sleep through the night:  read this article on puppy sleeping!

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