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Q: Why does my dog scratch the area he plans to lay in?

October 3, 2009 | By 9robin58 | 7 answers | Expired: 1863 days ago

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9robin58

When Spike goes to bed he scratches all around where he plans to lay.Is it to make it more soft?very curious and cute.

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a w.
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Oct 04, 2009

i think its nesting also i only have one dog out of four that does it she scrathes at ne thing she can lay on and then circles like two circles.

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Lori
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Oct 03, 2009

I read somewhere that back when dogs(wolves) were in the wild they used to lay in tall grasses to sleep. They would go in a circle or scratch the grass down making a sort of nest that they could lay in. I think its just in their genes do such a thing. Gizmo does it too.

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Lilyrose
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Oct 03, 2009

I also agree that it is a primal nesting instinct. Some dogs do this more than others. My big dogs never did it, just the normal turning around before plopping themselves down on their beds. My mini schnauzer acts like he's going to dig a hole before he lies down! He is really tearing up my bedspread! But there's no stopping him! lol

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Ninaof2girls
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Oct 03, 2009

I have to agree with Kelly. My dog does this and I do believe it's a primal nesting instinct as well. She would be doing this out in the wild to make a comfortable bed so why not every where else.

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Lisa B.
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Oct 03, 2009

He is making sure his bed is safe and comfortable.

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Stacy H.
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Oct 03, 2009

I've always thought that it was a very primal instinct and two of my four dogs do it also. My youngest girl, July has a lot of primal behaviors.

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Kelly
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Oct 03, 2009

Most of the literature I've read says that its a nesting instinct. Its what dogs would do in the wild when they would have to make a comfortable bed with leaves, grass & such. They don't have to do it now, but its all just instinctual. Some dogs have a stronger urge to do it than others. Teddy does it every time he lays down. Bailey is almost as bad but Cassidy hardly ever does it.

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