Why Your Dog Scratches Its Bed

As humans, a routine is a critical part of our lives. In particular, a bedtime routine is quite typical for each of us. As it turns out, our dogs also have a routine that you might have noticed if you are a dog owner: they scratch at their beds with their front paws before lying down to sleep or even take a nap. While this might seem odd to us humans, there is a reason our four legged friends behave this way: it goes back to their wild instincts. Despite the fact that dogs evolved from wolves over the course of thousands of years, they still have many of those instincts that dictate their behavior.

In particular, scratching at their beds is something that was very common in dogs before they were domesticated. In the wild, scratching at a “bed” or the ground was how wolves or wild dogs made sure they were laying down to sleep in a warm, safe, and comfortable place. This scratching is how a dog might dig a hole or even create a nest of sorts to rest in when in the wild. Also, dogs and wolves both have scent glands on their paws that secrete pheromones when they scratch. This is a way to mark their territory in the wild—or inside your home. This is also similar to some dogs that kick up dirt after they go to the bathroom, which also helps release those scents from their paws.

jumping.jax.and.jovial.juno//instagram

While some scratching of a bed before laying down in it is quite normal, excessive digging or scratching could be a sign of something more serious happening with your dog. This could be a sign of anxiety, so consider a visit to your veterinarian if this becomes a major issue for you or your favorite four legged friend.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Dog Comforts Students in Florida

    A sweet dog named Kermit typically resides in the area of Austin, Texas in the United States. It is his favorite job and his duty to comfort people as they work through the stages of grief. However, as fate would have it, Kermit the dog and his owner Melissa Unfred found themselves in Florida when...

    Read More
  • Dog Free From Life in Crate

    For a dog named Ty, life was just one thing: spent inside of a wire crate. He rarely was given an opportunity to get out of his crate and it all began simply enough. Ty, who was just a young pup at the time, began destroying things in the family home. So, they did not...

    Read More
  • Dad Comforts Dog in the Sweetest Way

    A woman named Annie Shi recently moved away from home to attend college. Since then, things just have not been the same in her family’s home; she is sorely missed by her parents. However, that pales in comparison to how much her dog Tara misses her. You see, Tara and Annie were the very best...

    Read More
  • Dog Missing for 11 Years Reunites with Owner

    The story of a little dog who was reunited with her owners after being missing for eleven years begins back in 2006. That is when a woman named Iris Candelaria was not necessarily looking for a pet dog, but she found little Bebe anyway. It was love at first sight for the pair, with the...

    Read More
  • Stray Dog Melts into Rescuer’s Arms

    Despite many people trying their hardest, it seems it was nearly impossible to catch a little stray dog. For several days, perhaps even weeks, a little terrier mix ran around a parking lot that was located near a church and school in Monrovia, California. She was often spotting running around, dodging cars on the busy...

    Read More
  • Great Dane is Obsessed with Blankets

    A dog named Floyd, who is an enormous Great Dane, has a serious addiction. His indulgence of choice is not dog treats or even peanut butter; it’s something just a bit more cozy. The obsession began when Floyd was just one year old. It was then that he realized how much he really loved blankets....

    Read More
  • Olympian Saves Dogs from Korea

    The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea. Millions of viewers are tuning in to watch athletes perform on such a major stage, but some athletes are using their spare time to make a difference in the world. One such athlete is a woman named Meagan Duhamel. She is a...

    Read More
  • Dad Has Genius Idea to Clip Dog’s Nails

    For a man named Patrick Peifer, Oliver the dog is a welcome addition to his home. The little dog was recently rescued from a terrible situation and he lives with Patrick and his wife and children. After all he has been through, the family does all they can to make Oliver feel safe and at...

    Read More