Have you ever noticed your dog turn in circles multiple times before finally settling into a comfortable spot to sleep? You’re not alone this behavior is quite common among all types of dogs, from small pups to large breeds. But why do dogs turn around so much, and why is it important? The answer lies in the species’ ancestral past.
Dogs Need a Comfortable Place to Sleep
Wild canines need a secure sleeping space in order to survive in their environment. Turning their bedding helps trample down grass and make it more comfortable, as well as protecting their fur from getting stuck in terrain materials. It also allows them to align themselves with pressure points on the ground or against walls, so they can curl up into the most comfortable spots for restful sleep.
The Role of Instinct
These behaviors are largely instinctive, though certain breeds may be hardwired with more of these behaviors than others due to the traits they were bred for. For example, herding dogs such as collies are specially trained to turn quickly on their own feet and this is likely an inherited trait that contributes to the behavior of spinning before sleep.
Benefits of Turning Around Before Sleeping
In addition to finding a comfortable place to sleep and avoiding getting their fur caught in surroundings, turning around before sleeping has several other benefits for your pup. Spinning around may help relax them by releasing pent-up energy, reducing stress levels, and providing comfort while they settle into slumber. Plus it makes them look really cute!
Ultimately, this behavior should come naturally for most dogs although you might have a pup who prefers spinning in circles rather than snuggling up for a nap!