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04/26/2012 18:40:16 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  2003  views, category: Pet pack life, Pet training and behavior view all blogs

    

Have you ever wondered why dogs walk in circles before they lay down? Or why they sleep so much? We have some answers.

The following is a list of the common sleeping behaviors most dogs exhibit and why they do what they do.

But first, here is a tip - Why you are trying to understand animal behavior, it really helps to think of the value of that behavior in the wild. For example, a strong hunting instinct can mean the difference between life and death in the wild. That is why so many dogs have strong hunting instincts. Their ancestors needed it to be able to survive in the wild.

Circling before choosing a spot to settle down
The most commonly accepted explanation for why a dog walks in circles before lying down has to do with how their ancestors made nests in tall grass. Wild dogs create their own nests in the grass before sleeping for extended periods of time. By walking around in circles, they knock the grass down into a flat, padded bed. The grass that is left standing around the nest gives them protection, while the matted grass is insulation and padding.

Dogs crave a routine
It is important to create a routine sleeping schedule for your dog. This is especially true if your dog tends to be aggressive if he or she is woken up from a nap.

Dogs are descendants of opportunistic hunters. They are naturally most active during the times of day when their prey would be active. Dogs that are indoor pets, on the other hand, can be put on a schedule. Most dog owners find that their dogs sleep at night when they do, wake up with them, sleep during the day while the humans are at work or school, and are most active after working hours are over.

Doggie dreaming
If you have ever been able to watch a dog dream, you know how funny it can be. Their legs may kick as if they are running, or maybe their whiskers and jowls twitch. When this happens, it means the dog has fallen into a “deep sleep.” Dogs will nap in a light sleep most of the time so they are still alert enough to know when there is activity happening around them. When they are comfortable enough to fall into a deep sleep, they are able to dream just like humans.

Sleeping together
Puppies will instantly sleep next to , or even on top of their fellow littermates. Once the pup has been separated from the litter, they tend to find sleeping next to a wall, heater, or something that smells like you, comforting. If you have been wondering where your socks have disappeared to, check near or under your dog’s bed. You may also notice that your dog sleeps on your bed while you are at work or away from home. This is not just because your bed is comfortable; it is because it smells just like you.


About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for YeePet.com since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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