Why do dogs turn in circles before laying down to go to sleep?
I just watched a commercial for a mattress and noticed that the dog did exactly what my dog does every night! He jumps up on the bed and goes to the spot where he will lay down. However, before laying down, he always turns around in circles about 2 or 3 times. Why do they do that?
Some suggest that it could be an ingrained habit, for comfort or for safety.
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I have a dog that does this on the couch. She's actually clawed up the leather doing it every night. From what I have been able to find, it's a nesting habit. Dogs that live in the wild do this in a bed of leaves or dig a hole in the earth to make a comfortable sleeping place.
I too wondered what primal instinct this was , Until I took my boys [dogs] camping ! Now every time we go the chocolate lab circles in the high grass of our campsite and then lays there in the cool grass ! He will spend hours there watching , sleeping , listening and waiting for his camping burger !
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