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Why do dogs turn in circles before laying down to go to sleep?

  1. DrRebeccaSanders profile image79
    DrRebeccaSandersposted 4 years ago

    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?

  2. jackinabox profile image60
    jackinaboxposted 4 years ago

    Some suggest that it could be an ingrained habit, for comfort or for safety.

    http://jackinabox.hubpages.com/hub/Why- … lying-down

  3. CraftytotheCore profile image81
    CraftytotheCoreposted 4 years ago

    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.

  4. ahorseback profile image77
    ahorsebackposted 4 years ago

    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 !