Why do dogs sniff, scratch, and spin around before they lie down?
If you’ve ever witnessed a dog pick a spot to sleep on, you know how funny it is to watch them ‘prepare’ for it. You know, the whole, clawing at the spot, sniffing at it, and spinning around on it, only to claw at it again before finally diving in. But…why?
It’s all about instinct. When dogs lived in the wild, they would often scratch and stomp around at the floor in order to create a nice little nest or den for themselves to sleep in. It also has something to do with claiming their territory. Hey, just be glad they’re scratching rather than pissing. Dogs have glands on their paws that release a specific scent of theirs. These scents are enhanced when they are scratching things and rubbing these glands. It is believed that by scratching at the spot they plan to sleep in, they’re effectively claiming the territory as their own.