Why Do Dogs Dig In The Bed? A Comprehensive Guide To Dog Behavior

Why Do Dogs Dig In The Bed? A Comprehensive Guide To Dog Behavior


Dogs love to dig. They’ll dig in the ground, they’ll dig up plants, and they’ll even dig their bed. But why do dogs dig up their bed?


Dogs often dig in the bed when they find a new or interesting smell. Dogs have a much more powerful sense of smell than humans, and their noses are typically right in the middle of where they're digging.


The dog is trying to figure out what it's found by sniffing deeply around the area. Since dogs can't speak, it's difficult for them to tell us what they've found, so we'll need to make our best guess from their actions.


Here, are some possible reasons why your dog might be digging in the bed.


Section 1: Why do dogs dig in the bed? Section 2: What do dogs mean when they're digging? Section 3: How to stop your dog from digging up their bed Section 4: Conclusion

Why do dogs dig in the bed?


When digging is going on, it's extremely important to keep a close eye on the digging dog because this behavior may escalate into an aggressive digging match with another dog or another animal, such as a deer.


If the animal you're watching starts digging aggressively, then you should make your best effort to remove the animal and take it to an emergency veterinarian.


We do not recommend attempting to handle these animals yourself. If you encounter aggressive digging dogs, then please stay back and make your best attempt to find an animal shelter nearby.


Dogs that are in heat will often dig aggressively to seek out a mate.


What do dogs mean when they're digging?


Dogs mean different things when they dig in their bed. These may include… Finding something buried. This may be just dirt, or could be another buried object.


Dogs like to dig in the dirt to see what's underneath. Sometimes they'll dig right under their favorite toys to find them. This may be just dirt, or could be another buried object.


Dogs like to dig in the dirt to see what's underneath. Sometimes they'll dig right under their favorite toys to find them. Seeking more comfortable sleeping.


They may be digging to get up and go to a different bed instead of just going from the bed to the floor, where they feel the most comfortable.


They may be digging to get up and go to a different bed instead of just going from the bed to the floor, where they feel the most comfortable. Having fun.


How to stop your dog from digging up their bed


Once a dog discovers something interesting, he'll frequently repeat the process over and over.


His nose is drawn to the smell, and he wants to investigate, but he also wants to make sure that we're okay with him digging up his bed.


So, rather than sit back and watch him dig, it's best to stop him before he makes a mess of his bed. Here are some suggestions to help him understand the pattern that's setting in:

  • Make a rule about the bed that dogs are not allowed to dig.
  • Give the dog a verbal warning to stop digging.
  • Put the dog on “seizure” so that he can't dig.
  • Allow the dog to dig as much as they want, but limit them to one corner.

Use some non-deterrent techniques to stop the digging: shock collars, squirting water, put the dog in the kennel for a period of time.


Conclusion

Since there are so many different reasons that dogs dig in their bed, the next time you see a dog digging in their bed, just smile and remember that they may be trying to figure out what's so interesting under there.